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Hatunen filted:
Or even more confusing for us who live less than 100km from the Sonora that is one of the Estados Unidos de Mexicanos.

You're that close?...one of the few distances I know in kilometres without looking it up is 99km from Tucson to the border..

I credit my retention of this apparently useless datum to the fact that someone back in the late 70s/early 80s decided that Interstate 19 would make a nice pilot project for kilometric signage...then they flouted all tradition and had the milepost (kilometrepost?) numbers increase from north to south..r

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When is Great Britain going to change its name then, ... Of Loser Engel Scum ... Oh look, that spells ASSHOLES

gnu: Permission to treat Hagar as a hostile poster, Your Honour? Judge: Granted. Alternative names for the USA ... * ... let's just have done with it) * Uncle Spam * Dickland (as it's clearly named after Richard Amerike, not Vespucci)

Oh, what the heck?...
"Baja Canuckistan"
That should cover most of the bases..r

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Hatunen filted:

Or even more confusing for us who live less than 100km from the Sonora that is one of the Estados Unidos de Mexicanos.

You're that* close?...one of the few distances I know in kilometres without looking it up is 99km from Tucson to ... pilot project for kilometric signage...then they flouted *all tradition and had the milepost (kilometrepost?) numbers increase from north to south..r

I thought you were something like the twentieth richest country in the world: how come you suddenly can't afford separate northbound and southbound unitposts?

Mike.

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Hatunen filted:

Or even more confusing for us who live less than 100km from the Sonora that is one of the Estados Unidos de Mexicanos.

You're that close?...one of the few distances I know in kilometres without looking it up is 99km from Tucson to the border..

Our house is about on a latitude with the 99km marker on I-19.
I credit my retention of this apparently useless datum to the fact that someone back in the late 70s/early 80s ... pilot project for kilometric signage...then they flouted all tradition and had the milepost (kilometrepost?) numbers increase from north to south..r

No, they don't. Zero km is at the border.

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This may be a wild and crazy idea, but the correct name for the "USA" or "America" should surely be "Central North America", or "Cenora" (pr. "sennra" or "sinnora") for short. This would be an accurate description of its location.

Why not name every country by the latitude and longitude of their respective capitals?
The current name is unsatisfactory: all nations consist of provinces or states which are, by definition, "united"; and America refers nominally to the entire Americas (North, South and Central), not to just one part.

I don't think "America" refers to all of the Americas; typically "the Americas" is used to refer to all of the Americas. I'd be more inclined to go along with changing the names of Central and South to names that are a bit more individualistic.
Ergo, "Cenora" makes more sense than "America" or the "USA". People who live there would be called Cenoras or Cenorans.

Most names that "make sense" are either boring, too popular, or stupid. How many stupid names are perpetuated by naming a child after a favorite relative with no thought given to the name itself?
So Central North America is an accurate description of the location of Hawaii and Alaska, is it?

Flying Tortoise should appreciate the fact that North America's original inhabitants called the area Turtle Island. Baffin Bay was its head, Nova Scotia/Newfoundland its right front leg, Florida its right rear leg, Alaska its left front leg, Baja California its left rear leg, and Mexico its tail.
The Thirteen Nations represented the 13 areas (4 + 5 + 4) into which many turtle shells are divided.
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This may be a wild and crazy idea, but the correct name for the "USA" or "America" should surely be ... "Cenora" makes more sense than "America" or the "USA". People who live there would be called Cenoras or Cenorans. RFC

Iraq doesn't seem to be united.(?)
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On 09 Mar 2007, gn gnu d wrote

This may be a wild and crazy idea, but the ... name is unsatisfactory: all nations consist of provinces or states

Nice try, but no they don't.

Can you think of any nation that is totally homogeneous???
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