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Old 11-08-2013, 09:39 AM
Location: Canada
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Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
Thinking about it, yes it is. Sounds more like a description than a name.
It was. Remember, nobody even used to say "the United States" before the civil war, they only said "these United States". The states were originally what people were thinking about as countries when the naming was going on, the USA was only a sort of supra-national structure like the EU before it slowly morphed into the nation-state it definitely is today.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by LINative View Post
United States - A couple of people mentioned the United States, I have been wondering what else they could have called them? They could have named it after the largest of the original 13 states, Virginia. Something like Greater Virginia or Virginia & Friends . But I do not think the other states would have liked that.
Benjamin Franklin in particular hated the name USA as he considered it impersonal. There is an extensive description in Wikipedia about the development of the name Columiba as an alternative name for the USA. Clearly the District of Columbia as the name chosen for the federal district, the name had a decent chance of being adopted for the country. Columbia was meant in particular to mimic Latin names like Britannia, which is still used as poetic name for the United Kingdom.

Christopher Columbus was becoming popular as a national hero in the early 1700's despite the fact that he never stepped foot in what was to become the USA. Partly it was a reaction to the preferred British hero, John Cabot, who in 1497 discovered North America under the patronage of King Henry 7th.

The United States of Colombia (Spanish: Estados Unidos de Colombia) was the name adopted in 1861for modern-day Brazil, Colombia, Panama and Peru. Fortunately that name lasted for only 20 years. Otherwise we would all be confused when you use the term US or EU.

My second choice for a bad name is Czech Republic. The name "Bohemia and Moravia" is much more poetic.

The Kingdom of Britain sounds much better than "United Kingdom". While some people might argue that it gives short shrift to Northern Ireland, I disagree. The term "Great Britain" means specifically the island including Scotland, Wales, and England , but the term "British" is more malleable. The people that live in Northern Ireland are of a mixed stock largely because the pure Irish were mostly drive out 400 years ago , and should not be offended by the term British.
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:44 AM
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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USA should change it's name into America, just call the continent the AmericaS.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Acajack View Post
Well, if we were to call Morocco by its real name, we'd call it al-Maghrib.

But it gets confusing because the word Maghreb (derived from al-Maghrib) is also used to refer to Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as a region.

So Morocco's real name is used in other languages to refer to Morocco plus two other countries.

Morocco is the only official name recognized by the United Nations ,Morocco name come from the city name of Marrakech
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:26 PM
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Originally Posted by Davy-040 View Post
USA should change it's name into America, just call the continent the AmericaS.
If the USA changed it's name to America, everyone else in the Americas and some elsewhere would through a huge hissy-fit. Just looks what happens on these forums when that term or its dynonym is used.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:49 PM
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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These names 'Republic of', 'United states of' and so on are boring and, in some cases, not very inviting when talking about tourism. An example is the Netherlands, which name in English is boring, but even more in all of the romance languages, translating as 'low countries'.
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Old 08-30-2014, 01:19 PM
Location: Taipei
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This thread is really fun!

I agree the likes of Central African Republic,the two Congos,Nigeria and Niger,and the multiple Guineas in this thread.Talk about lazy country-naming.Dominican Republic and Dominica are another pair.

I'm not a fan of St. blahblah either(St Lucia,St Vincent and the Grenadines,St Kitts and Nevis).Just unpleasantly long.

Those that end in islands are pretty bad names as well.(Solomon Islands,Marshall Islands)

I agree that Czech Republic is a stupid name too.However as in German and Dutch,there's no this kind of problem in Mandarin Chinese as 捷克(which is the transliteration from simple Czech) is how Sinophone usually refer to the country.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:11 PM
Location: Canada
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Old 08-30-2014, 06:55 PM
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Does Philippines sounds funny to you guys?
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:30 PM
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Papua New Guinea
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