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The sentence is

というのは、スプーンのことをやまと言葉では「かい」といいます。

I understand the general meaning, but can't get these two things:

  1. the meaning of というのは in the beginning;
  2. why を is used in

    スプーンのことを

Could anyone help me please?

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"というのは" means "This is because." There should be another sentence before this.

"を" is used in the pattern of "AをBという", which means "we call A B."

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