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Re: Father/Motherland

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Thursday, May 25, 2000, 23:47
On Thu, 25 May 2000, Tom Wier wrote:

>Perhaps because for almost everyone here it was not historically >the motherland/fatherland? Even today, a good 7% or so of the >population was not born here. I'd imagine "motherland" or "fatherland" >would be rare in Canada for the same reasons.
Could be. But the usage didn't catch on or didn't transfer from those who came from somewhere else. Or rather the idea of patria was still attached to some other country. Hence, I think, the reason why Motherland refers to the Old Country. Padraic.
>=========================================== >Tom Wier <artabanos@...> >"Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." >===========================================