$country stan
So what does that suffix mean in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kreplachistan?

It is an old Persian word meaning homeland, country or nation.

  • Afghanistan: Unverified, probably named after an 9th century emperor
  • Kazakhstan: Land of the Cossacks
  • Kyrgyzstan: Land of the 40 Tribes
  • Pakistan: Land of Punjabi, Afghani and Kashmiri Islam
  • Tajikistan: Land of the Crowned People
  • Turkmenistan: Land of We, the Turks ('men' = We)
  • Uzbekistan: Land of the Real Men (this is not a joke)
  • Kreplachistan: Land of the Kosher Dumplings (this is).