In a German book about post-war Germany, I found several quotations (in English) from American diplomats mentioning "West Europe". I had only heard "Western Europe" before.
Is "West Europe" an acceptable variant, an older variant, or is it maybe a mistake of the German editor, who correctly reconstructed many shortened words like Ger(many), Eur(ope) and Sov(iet) and missed to reconstruct the West(ern) likewise?

Oliver C.
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Oliver Cromm (Email Removed) wrote on 23 Feb 2004:
In a German book about post-war Germany, I found several quotations (in English) from American diplomats mentioning "West Europe". I ... German editor, who correctly reconstructed many shortened words like Ger(many), Eur(ope) and Sov(iet) and missed to reconstruct the West(ern) likewise?

I've never read it or heard it from native speakers of English. I'd fault the German editor for not reconstructing the term, unless there is documentary evidence that these diplomats actually wrote "West Europe" instead of "West. Europe" or said "West Europe" instead of "Western Europe".

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor.
Is "West Europe" an acceptable variant, an older variant, or is it maybe a mistake of the German editor

I've never read it or heard it from native speakers of English. I'd fault the German editor for not reconstructing ... evidence that these diplomats actually wrote "West Europe" instead of "West. Europe" or said "West Europe" instead of "Western Europe".

Reading further, this morning I came to a photographical reproduction of a typed manuscript mentioning "West European countries", and not containing any other shortened terms.

Oliver Cromm
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In a German book about post-war Germany, I found several quotations (in English) from American diplomats mentioning "West Europe". I ... German editor, who correctly reconstructed many shortened words like Ger(many), Eur(ope) and Sov(iet) and missed to reconstruct the West(ern) likewise?

West Europe and Western Europe are two distinct things. Like southern France and the South of France.
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West Europe and Western Europe are two distinct things. Like southern France and the South of France.

What distinguishes them, other than those names?

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John Hall (Email Removed) wrote on 24 Feb 2004:
West Europe and Western Europe are two distinct things. Like southern France and the South of France.

What distinguishes them, other than those names?

Obviously, West Europe is west of East Europe and Western Europe is west of Eastern Europe. Any fool can see that.

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On 25 Feb 2004 00:14:50 GMT, CyberCypher
What distinguishes them, other than those names?

Obviously, West Europe is west of East Europe and Western Europe is west of Eastern Europe. Any fool can see that.

Well, I'm not just any fool, I'm a rather special kind of fool.

John W Hall (Email Removed)
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John Hall (Email Removed) wrote on 24 Feb 2004:
Well, I'm not just any fool, I'm a rather special kind of fool.

Like the rest of us, then, I suspect.

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor.
West Europe and Western Europe are two distinct things. Like southern France and the South of France.

What distinguishes them, other than those names?

West Europe is geographical, Western Europe is cultural.

I'd think of West Europe as Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal.

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