"the" before country name

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon May 12 11:43:12 UTC 2008

Quoting Doug Harris <cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET>:

> I could be behind the times, but last time I was aware, the British
> still said "the Palestine".

Though there's "the Palestine Mandate," Palestine--including in many (most, in
my memory) history and archaeology texts--has no "the."

Stephen Goranson

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