Ukraine; was Re: I say Myanmar, you say Burma

Dan Goodman dsgood at IPHOUSE.COM
Wed May 7 18:51:53 UTC 2008

Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:

>Yes. In Russian, "kraj" (pronounced like English "cry") means "edge, border, and "u" means "at." So: "at the border."
> But I don't see the difference between thinking of the country as "The
 > Border Land" ("The Ukraine") vs. simply "Border Land" ("Ukraine"). Why
 > is "The" so important here?

What seems likely to be:  They overestimate how important it is in
English.  If I recall correctly, at least some Slavic languages don't
have direct equivalents of "the."

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