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(MSNBC)   Who coined the phrase "United States of America"? Eh, let's just say it was Ben Franklin. He did everything else   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 20
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2012-08-17 08:19:45 AM
Lee Iacocca?
 
2012-08-17 08:27:29 AM
Donny Most?
 
2012-08-17 09:13:44 AM
Jesus?
 
2012-08-17 09:18:29 AM
The people who think it was the Beatles forget that the Beatles never did anything original, and some obscure garage band in Memphis did it first almost four years earlier.
 
2012-08-17 09:19:17 AM
Probably just read it off a dollar bill. Wow, original. LOL.
 
2012-08-17 09:40:45 AM
Just don't tell that to anyone from the Latin American countries.
 
2012-08-17 09:48:47 AM

Marine1: Just don't tell that to anyone from the Latin American countries.


I thought that it mostly Argentinians who are obnoxious about that.
 
2012-08-17 09:52:57 AM
In Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War, Shelby Foote made the point that before the war, everyone referred to the U.S. in the plural, i.e., 'The United States are in negotiations with France,' but after the war, it became singular, i.e., 'The United States is in negotiations with France.'

/no relevance, really, just always interested me.
 
2012-08-17 10:25:41 AM

gingerjet: Jesus?


Damn, I came to say this.
 
2012-08-17 10:46:54 AM

beta_plus: Marine1: Just don't tell that to anyone from the Latin American countries.

I thought that it mostly Argentinians who are obnoxious about that.


Because they're stupid. One name can be used for several things.

Mexico, the city.
Mexico, the country.

New York, the city.
New York, the state.

The many Santiagos across Latin America and Spain.

But more importantly, do you know what's the official name of Mexico and Brazil?

United States of Mexico, but people call it Mexico.
United States of Brazil, but people call it Brazil.

Henceforth,

United States of America, but people call it America.

Anybody who complains about this has the IQ of a mosquito.
 
2012-08-17 11:13:27 AM

Brakefornobody: In Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War, Shelby Foote made the point that before the war, everyone referred to the U.S. in the plural, i.e., 'The United States are in negotiations with France,' but after the war, it became singular, i.e., 'The United States is in negotiations with France.'

/no relevance, really, just always interested me.


The is/are change actually came about much earlier for the most part, generally around the War of 1812 and further during the Mexican war, but it seems likely enough the transition was complete after the civil war.
 
2012-08-17 11:29:13 AM
It was Ethel Merman
 
2012-08-17 12:04:22 PM

rocky_howard: United States of Mexico, but people call it Mexico.
United States of Brazil, but people call it Brazil.


Um, it's the United Mexican States and Federative Republic of Brazil
 
2012-08-17 01:06:23 PM
The US Mint?
 
2012-08-17 02:59:55 PM
Well I'm glad I read that.

Now I know it was proabably one of the Founding Fathers. Never would have guessed THAT.

Thank you MSNBC!
 
2012-08-17 04:17:19 PM
The answer is clear, George Washington. He lived in Virginia. He owned a plantation and he was a large proponent of agriculture. I just visited his house not too long ago. When the war ended he had 300 slaves. He wanted freedom from england so he could get rich along with all the other Landed Elites. Hence, I believe the reluctance to serve as President.
 
2012-08-17 04:33:12 PM

kudayta: rocky_howard: United States of Mexico, but people call it Mexico.
United States of Brazil, but people call it Brazil.

Um, it's the United Mexican States and Federative Republic of Brazil


1.- Brazil changed the name in 1968.

Republic of the United States of Brazil (Portuguese: República dos Estados Unidos do Brasil) was the name of Brazil between 1889 and 1968.

2.- Mexican = Of Mexico. Don't be glib.

Either way, here are more than a dozen "United States":

Link
 
2012-08-17 05:02:03 PM

Clash City Farker: The answer is clear, George Washington. He lived in Virginia. He owned a plantation and he was a large proponent of agriculture. I just visited his house not too long ago. When the war ended he had 300 slaves. He wanted freedom from england so he could get rich along with all the other Landed Elites. Hence, I believe the reluctance to serve as President.


He may have been reluctant to serve as President, but he almost had to because he was flat broke.
 
2012-08-17 06:26:36 PM
Who coined the phrase "United States of America"?

Supply-side Jesus?
 
2012-08-17 09:46:00 PM
I like how this is under the Geek tab.
 
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