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time to get rid of the semicolon

Alien (3819 posts) • 0

@ Napoleon: Why would you include the name of two continents in a listing of cities and countries?

@JanJal: The world in fact is already broken, and it is the semicolon that clearly distinguishes the pieces from each other.

Napoleon (1183 posts) • 0

@Alien

Eh?
You Americans and your geography.
America is a country, the country that New York is in. New York is a state and a city, but not a country.

That's why in a list of cities and countries America should have been included, as a country, not a continent. No?

Alien (3819 posts) • 0

The name of the country is the United States of America, often abbreviated as 'the U.S.', or shortened to 'the United States'. Also often shortened to 'America', but not by anybody south of the Rio Grande.

JanJal (1053 posts) • 0

Of course America is generally used to refer to the country USA, but officially it is not that.

America in the official name only refers to the location where the united states are located (previously they were not so united, and ruled by European powers).

Nothing prevents some other countries in the continent to form a federation and name it United Potatos of America.

What would America refer to then?

Alien (3819 posts) • 0

Name borrowed from naming of the entire New World (in the languages of Europe) and restricted by popular usage to the name of the United States of America only. No other New World nations did that. Resented in, say, Mexico or Argentina, I believe. Hence, 'Americans' wind up being citizens of US only, in popular usage. Once there were Choctaw, Iroquois, Incas, etc. (although these names are Anglicized); then there was a concept of America, thought of as subdivided into 2 continents; today there are Mexicans, who are citizens of the United States of Mexico; and Americans, who are citizens of the United States of America. And I have managed to use 3 semicolons.

Reflections on linguistic incarnations of state power and presumption.

The semicolon lives.

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