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Old 07-17-2008, 12:09 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I'm just wondering. How come United States has so many name, or shortening names? For example, it could be called:

USA, U.S.A, U.S, US, America, United States, United States of America

and also for United Kingdom:

UK, United Kingdom, Britain, Great Britain.

How come the country is not just one name as for example Canada, Sweden, Norway etc.! They just have one name without shortening.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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Because these nation's suffer from a serious identity crisis and a multiple personality disorder.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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Because we have nuclear weapons. So we can call ourselves anything we want, depending on our mood. And nobody's gonna correct us. Especially after the way we shot our way into Iraq and Afghanistan, for crying out loud.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Western Mass.
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I'm just wondering. How come United States has so many name, or shortening names? For example, it could be called:

USA, U.S.A, U.S, US, America, United States, United States of America

and also for United Kingdom:

UK, United Kingdom, Britain, Great Britain.

How come the country is not just one name as for example Canada, Sweden, Norway etc.! They just have one name without shortening.
Don't ask us - we're all retarded, remember?

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Well, you guys are retarded. You don't know the metric that's why you still want to continue with the crap imperial.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:15 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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USA or U.S.A?? that's the same thing except one has periods between the letters. There are 4 words in the name of this country unlike Canada or Sweden, so of course it's going to be shortened or abbreviated. This is just a weird question and doesn't really make sense. You're having real trouble adjusting to this country aren't you?
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:18 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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USA or U.S.A?? that's the same thing except one has periods between the letters. There are 4 words in the name of this country unlike Canada or Sweden, so of course it's going to be shortened or abbreviated. This is just a weird question and doesn't really make sense. You're having real trouble adjusting to this country aren't you?
Well... I love America but hate their measurment system.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:19 PM
 
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wait until he figures out that some of our states aren't states at all - but commonwealths - that should blow his mind
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:20 PM
 
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And that Texas and Vermont were once independent Republics.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Location: West LA
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I'm just wondering. How come United States has so many name, or shortening names? For example, it could be called:

USA, U.S.A, U.S, US, America, United States, United States of America

and also for United Kingdom:

UK, United Kingdom, Britain, Great Britain.

How come the country is not just one name as for example Canada, Sweden, Norway etc.! They just have one name without shortening.
Well, in the UK's case...

Great Britain - Refers to the island containing Scotland, Wales, and England
United Kingdom - Refers to the collective nation encompassing Great Britain and Ireland

I think...

In the case of the United States, I think it is because our name is so long and ackward. This causes people to naturally come up with more convenient alternatives.
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:23 PM
 
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Well, let's turn that argument around. I think we should laugh at countries that have relatively few letters in their name, such as Laos or Yemen or Mali. You have to admit, they suck monkey balls as far as countries go. Peru isn't a terribly great place to live either, unless you can make a living off of fleecing tourists to Machu Picchu. Iran? No way. Iraq? A great place for arms dealers, but other than that it's like inner city Detroit with lots of sand. Cuba? People are trying to float across the shark-infested Florida Straits on the hulks of 57 Buick Roadmasters to get out of the place. That should tell you everything you need to know.

On the other hands, great countries seem to have more letters. Like The United States of America. Pretty long name, huh? Or The United Kingdom. New Zealand and Australia are pretty long, too. France is short, but their economy remains on a slow slide to developing country status. Same thing is true for Japan. China only has five letters, but in another hour or so, you'll feel like spelling it again.

Now, of course, Afghanistan is a cess pool, as is Kazakhstan. But, if you take the -stan off these names, then you're onto something.
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