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.