"the" before country name

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 11 19:25:46 UTC 2008

On Sun, May 11, 2008 at 12:11 AM, Your Name <ROSESKES at aol.com> wrote:

> If "the" before a country's name is belittling, why is there not one single
> American objecting to "the United States"?
> Rosemarie

Because we chose that name ourselves? And consequently it describes us as we
want to see ourselves, rather than as 'the border territory'?

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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