The countries that got tea via China through the Silk Road (land) referred to it in various forms of the word "cha". On the other hand, the countries that traded with China via sea - through the Min Tan port called it in different forms of "te". ( Credit …

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@benjancewicz Thanks TIL. It bugs when people ask me "do you drink chai tea?".

@benjancewicz OMG this is actually true even for my country, I just realised

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