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Re: Double impact at K-T boundary ?
The Ukraine is a geographical region with no distinct location or borders.
It is the most important anthropological crossroads of Eurasia. The
Ukraine is located roughly north and/or west of the Black Sea.
Like similar names such as "Poland" and "Russia", the location of the
political entity the Ukraine has changed hugely over time.
If you're talking about a particular event supposed to have happened in the
Ukraine, you'd do better to get the name of a town or a geographical feature
like a mountain range, river or lake.
Note: Due to a wave of good people getting their-email addresses hijacked,
I no longer sign my e-mails with my real name. If you see a plea for help
from Villandra, you'll know it isn't from me.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Williams" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 3:58 AM
Subject: Re: Double impact at K-T boundary ?
Dann Pigdon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
'The' Ukraine? As opposed to the other false Ukraines?
For consistancy, shouldn't they have also written 'the
Chicxulub', 'the Mexico' and 'the Boltysh'? :-)
Well, we (by which I mean the English-speaking world) do say "the
Netherlands" and "the Congo" and "the Gambia". So the definite article is
still retained in the names of some countries.
Although apparently in the case of Ukraine, just "Ukraine" is preferred
over "the Ukraine" these days. Similarly, "the Sudan" is going out of
vogue in favor of simply "Sudan".
But the Bronx will always be "the Bronx". ;-)