The Broncks', the borough of my childhood, fades away

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Wed Dec 5 05:30:36 UTC 2007

Ukraine vs. The Ukraine:  I suspect this change is largely because the
newly-independent country declared "Ukraine" rather than "The Ukraine"
to be its official name.

In compensation, we now have "the former Yugoslavia."   A quick search
on Google brings up:  'about 1,580,000 English pages for "the former

My non-scholarly guess is that this is modelled on "the former Soviet

Dan Goodman
"I have always depended on the kindness of stranglers."
Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Expire
Journal <>
Mirror Journal

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list