Funny perspectives about one's own country

Published by Wreybies in the blog Ponderings of a Pachyderm. Views: 402

I still keep up with Banzai (former mod) via Facebook. He's a great chap. We often discuss the things that embarrass each of us about our respective countries. He's in the U.K. and I'm in U.S. (well, sorta')

One of the things we've hashed over (and has been hashed over here in the forum more than once) is the way we see the physical and paradigmatic set up of each other's countries. If you take away the verbiage each of uses, you see a set-up that is actually pretty similar. The U.K. is comprised of countries that make up a kingdom. The U.S. is comprised of states that make up a federation. In the U.S., when a child becomes savvy enough to notice that a U.S. state is veeeeeeeeery similar to a country in other parts of the world, out comes the ruler, smack go the knuckles. That kind of talk is no-no territory. So, I understand when royal subjects get annoyed that Americans don't see the U.K. as being comprised of different countries, not states (lower case s), even though to us it looks like exactly that. You have to forgive us, we've had years of heavy indoctrination that those words are not to be used.

And with that said, a funny perspective of America from an Aussie's POV. I love the bit about the two Washingtons. He's right. Why did we do that?

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