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Re: CHAT National toponyms

From:Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
Date:Monday, September 20, 2004, 11:08
Ray Brown wrote:

>>>> Ireland [sic], >> >> >> Why the [sic]? > > > Because in the context it might have been read by those on 'tother side of > the Pond & elsewhere who are ignorant of rugby that I had made an error > and meant Northern Ireland. I wished to make it clear that I made Ireland. > >> The IRFU is All-Ireland, and the teams represents the >> whole island. > > I should have made that clear also - mea culpa.
No problem. The only bad thing about it is that cringworthy rubgy anthem. *shudder*
>> If it's the use of 'nation', if you can have nations >> without a country, surely you can have a nation split between two >> countries? > > I am not sure that I would describe the six counties as a country - but I > do not want to get into minefield of Northern Irish politics.
Nor I, so we'll go no further with that. :-)
>> For which informal use, a certain loon attacked me for being in the >> pay of the English > > ..and many of us English avoid this use - IMO it is best avoided except, > of course, when talking about the actual historical provinces of Ulster, > Munster, Leinster & Connaught.
That it is. The use of Ulster = NI is political dynamite, and we'll say no more. K. -- Keith Gaughan -- The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones... make place for some really big nukes!