Talk:country

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False Etymology[edit]

This article attributes the "cunt__". The root of the term "country" to the Latin word contra (meaning 'against') when in fact it derives from the Old English cunt signifying motherhood or the yanni; Country literally means "motherland."

Athletic Competition[edit]

Why in the commonwealth games do England and Scotland compete seperately and not as the United Kingdom? Could a state in Australia or Canada compete seperatley? Why don't they now. If England and Scotland etc are not members of the Commonwealth of Nations how can they compete independently in the Commonwealth Games?

Dale.


Hebrew[edit]

ארץ (in the sense of "country") is "aretz" only when it comes after prefix, as in הארץ (ha'aretz - the country) or בארץ (ba'aretz - in the country); Otherwise, "aretz" means "earth" (in physical sense) and "eretz" means "country". As for the stresses: the stress in the word "ארץ" (in both senses) comes in the first syllable. In the word "מדינה" (medina) the stress comes in the last syllable. Liso 17:39, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Former independent nation?[edit]

Currently the second definition given is "A former independent nation state (e.g., England or Scotland)." No other dictionary I've consulted claims this definition, and no example is given. Can anyone cite a reference where "country" is used of e.g. the modern England or Scotland? Is it being used as an inaccurate synonym for "nation", which is what England and Scotland formally are? And does this definition implicitly include a continuing political identity for the former independent nation state, or would Yugoslavia qualify? 83.44.173.231 10:10, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Primary meaning?[edit]

Don't you think that the primary meaning here is an area of land, with a nation secondary to that?Redddogg 04:33, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Also missing are expressions such as "the north country" and the like. Redddogg 19:51, 21 November 2010 (UTC)