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What are different names for USA and Canada?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (12432points) February 10th, 2018

From other countries? I was watching some of the Olympics opening ceremonies and the reporter said that each country has its own name for other countries and I wondered if a list exists for USA and Canada?

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SergeantQueen's avatar

For America
• The Land of the Free
• The Land of Freedom
• Home of the Brave
• Land of Opportunity
• Land of Milk and Honey
• Uncle Sam
• The Melting Pot
• The Western World
• The West
• The Land Across the Pond

SergeantQueen's avatar

Don’t know about Canada

KNOWITALL's avatar

I thought Canada was the great white north, Biebers birthplace lol

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@all I mean legit names. From the Olympics. What is the Korean name for USA?

SergeantQueen's avatar

The Great White North, and the ones I posted are all legit besides Moosefucker

zenvelo's avatar

In Korean, they try to approximate the sound that natives use to name their country.

For the United States, to be close to “America”, they use characters that sound like “Mee-gook” which is “beautiful country”.

For Canada, it is pronounced k’aenada, which does not translate to anything.

@SergeantQueen, most of those descriptors are used by Americans to describe the US, rarely used elsewhere.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Korean (미국 사람/미국인, RR: miguk-saram/migugin)

janbb's avatar

In France, the United States is Etats Unis and Canada is le Canada.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

I might have asked this on Fluther about other countries. I find it odd that we would, for example, use the name “Germany” which is not close to “Deutschland”. I collected stamps as a kid and one that really sticks out is “Helvetia” on Swiss stamps.

imrainmaker's avatar

What is the reason for this? We don’t call a person with different names in different countries. Then why same thing isn’t applicable for country names?

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Well “Germany”, for instance, comes from “Germania”, which was the Roman name for the region of north-central Europe. “Germania”, in tern, is named after the Germani, a tribe that lived in the region in Roman times. “Deutscheland”, as Germans call their own country, is simply from the modern German language meaning ” land of our people”.

A lot of the different names for various countries have their origins in antiquity.

ragingloli's avatar

The Great Satan, Murrica, The Colonies, Amiland

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