Valencian Language Tag registration request

Michael Everson everson at
Sat Jun 20 18:18:36 CEST 2009

Close the thread please. It is now off topic. The registration request  
has been rejected.

On 19 Jun 2009, at 17:32, Mark Crispin wrote:

> On Fri, 19 Jun 2009, Lang Gérard wrote:
>> For example, "United States" is certainly the most common way  
>> people living in the USA think of their country name
> I disagree strongly.
> I am a 53-year old American.  I have *never* used "United States" as  
> the name of my country.  It has always been either "USA" or "United  
> States of America".
> We commonly use "US" as the adjectival form, e.g., "US  
> government" (never "USA government"); but always in the abbreviated  
> form.
> I can only think of "United States" used as the country name in the  
> following cases:
> . use by foreigners (similarly, the use of "America" to refer to the
>    USA is strictly a foreigner usage, although "American" is correct
>    for a person from the USA).
> . computer programs that offer it in a menu of countries, apparently
>    because the full name is too long; similar abbreviations are used
>    for other countries.
> . the government's adjectival form: "United States Note" (a type of
>    paper currency in use up to about 40 years ago), "United States
>    Navy", "United States Treasury", etc.  But ordinary people use "US
>    Navy", "US Treasury", etc.
> It is perhaps not as extreme to refer to the USA as "United States"  
> as it would be to refer to France as "République", but it's the same  
> general idea.
>> some other countries can have a "United States" part in their  
>> country name.
> Americans, at least those in the southwest, are also quite aware of  
> other nations called "United States".  México is on our southern  
> border!
> -- Mark --
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> Si vis pacem, para  
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