Original spelling of #vietnam 😮

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Việt Nam is a variation of Nam Việt (Southern Việt), a name that can be traced back to the Triệu Dynasty (2nd century BC). The word “Việt” originated as a shortened form of Bách Việt, a word used to refer to a people who lived in what is now southern China in ancient times. The word “Việt Nam”, with the syllables in the modern order, first appears in the 16th century in a poem by Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm.

In English, the two syllables are usually combined into one word, “Vietnam.” However, “Viet Nam” was once common usage and is still used by the United Nations and by the Vietnamese government.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_Vietnam, http://thefactfile.org/vietnam-facts/