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Enviado el: martes, 26 de marzo de 2002 11:23 There was some discussion in the early days of the United States concerning just what to call the country and its citizens. Here's a quote from the popular journalist/travel writer Bill Bryson in "Made in America": "[C]onsiderable thought was given in early Congresses to the possibility of renaming the country. From the start, many people recognized that United States of America was unsatisfactory. For one thing, it allowed of no convenient adjectival form. A citizen would have to be either a United Statesian or some other such clumsy locution, or an American, thereby arrogating to US citizens a title that belonged equally to the inhabitants of some three dozen other nations on two continents. Several alternative possibilities were considered -- the United States of Columbia, Appalachia, Alleghania, and Freedonia or Fredonia (whose denizens would be called Fredes) -- but none found sufficient support to displace the prevailing title." (72) For this he cites David Simpson, The Politics of American English, 1776-1850 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), p.41. I'd give you something more academic than a cite from my beach reading (Bryson, not Simpson), but I'm on spring break and this is as hard as I'm willing to think this week! Michael Rich Communication and Journalism Auburn University