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Istanbul is famous for rugs - that's good. It is also famous for those who sell rugs - that's, well, not so good. You can either take our word for it, or go out on your own and find out the hard way.
As the many ethnicities of the Ottoman Empire left and settled in other parts of the world, the one word that they had in common was "yoğurt". From this word the modern, English version "yogurt" came to life. It is the one Turkish word to make it into the English language.
If you've already been here then you will understand what Fatih Sultan Mehmet II was saying. If you haven't, then I hope that this convinces you to come visit. Istanbul, more than most places in the world, is guaranteed to leave an imprint on your heart.
The Ottoman's ruled the region for the next 400 + years until November 1, 1922 when the Grand National Assembly (led by Ataturk) passed a law deposing Mehmed VI - the last of the Ottoman Sultans - and voiding all laws of his government.
A few dozen words that are essential for a successful, fun and interesting stay in Turkey. Don't be shy! Try out these words and phrases. The results, as you will see, often lead to pleasantly memorable experiences.