It’s Spelled C O L O M B I A, Columbiatches!

We’ve all been there. You’re on the internet, minding your own damn business, taking a quiz to determine which character from “Stranger Things” is bae, and then you see it: a headline about the beautiful, diverse nation of…


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You want to scream. You want to clench your fists into tight balls. You want to gently offer a correction for the 1,672nd time:

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No shade meant to Quartz, of course — they do great work, and they’re by no means the only media outlet, person or company that’s made this mistake. In fact, there’s an entire movement dedicated to getting gringos people to learn enough about Colombia to care to spells its name correctly.

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Needless to say, having to re-teach the same lesson over and over can get a liiiittle annoying. So, in the interest of tearing down walls and building bridges, we’ve decided to put together a handy dandy guide to remembering when to use Colombia:


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A diverse nation that boasts around 82 different living languages, 78 of which are indigenous.


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An Ivy League university located in New York’s Upper West Side.


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Home of arepas, ajiaco, buñuelos, carimañolas, patacones and so many other delicious things.


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A sportswear company for super chill bruhs and she-bruhs.


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Birthplace of literary luminaries like the great Gabriel García Márquez, rising filmmakers like Ciro Guerra, and countless other painters, sculptors, dancers, poets and musicians who’ve made the world more beautiful with their art.


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The mythical nation where unicorns are born.

READ: Reasons Why #GrowingUpColombian Is F-cking Awesome

Have you ever had to correct people’s spelling of Colombia? Can we borrow a unicorn?

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