The Philippines

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Apr 7 03:07:15 UTC 2005

At 6:12 AM -0700 4/4/05, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Yeah, "*the* Lebanon" rings a bell  from the very distant past.
>What's the story with that ?

I also recall songs about "the Labrador"


>sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM> wrote:
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>Sender: American Dialect Society
>Poster: sagehen
>Subject: The Philippines
>Uneven appearance of "the" with national names:
>from Hugh Miles' /Al-Jazeera/ (Grove Press, New York),
>p.98...."masterminded the Israeli invasion of Lebanon"...;
>p.99..."events both inside and outside the Lebanon."
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