The following is a news release issued by the City of Vinkla subsequent to an erroneous report in the Daily Bonnet that Winkler had changed its name to Vankler
CITY OF VINKLA
For immediate release
Winkler changes name to Vinkla not Vankler
A recent report in the Daily Bonnet erroneously reported that Winkler had changed it’s name to Vankler.
We are appalled that the Daily Bonnet, who had a representative present at the council meeting where the issue was discussed was not able to file a factual report.
Although the name Vankler was brought up during our discussions is was quickly dismissed as several council members felt that Vankler could very easily be mispronounced by non Plautdietsch speaking people as Wankler or even worse Wanker which has very negative and derogatory connotations. For that reason the more traditional, “Vinkla” was agreed upon.
The same article also suggested that council was petitioning the City of Winnipeg to change its name to Vanapag. Although there have been informal discussions with the City of Winnipeg our suggestion was that they consider changing their name to Febräaakjestaut in keeping with their designation as a high crime city.
Council does not impune negative motives to the Daily Bonnet. It may well just be another example of how people from jantsied who employee a different pronunciation of some Plautdietsch words simply got it wrong, again.
In keeping with Mennonite tradition, we forgive them.