“The” Ukraine and “The” Bahamas

Weird cross-cultural hang up. . .

In Ukraine, it is a serious political faux pas to say “The Ukraine” — as many of us grew up saying during the Cold War. It implies that Ukraine is “the borderlands” of Russia, and that Ukraine isn’t a state in its own right.

However, the proper term here is The Bahamas. It’s on the government documents and money.

But, I just. can’t. say. it. I can’t say “The”. . .

I hope I’m not offending any Bahamians or making another political faux pas by just saying Bahamas.

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