A recent public lecture on historical sources of pre-colonial Singapore has piqued popular interest about an early, unusual name for the island.
As reported in The Straits Times on Oct 10 (Singapore once named as 'tricky place to stay'), the Portuguese described Singapore as a falsa demora, meaning the "wrong or tricky place to stay". The Lion City name that Singapore is best known for today was just one rendition of what the name Singapura might have meant.
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