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Old 08-06-2012, 01:29 PM
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Exclamation Pet Hate! "Europe"

Europe is a continent.

If you say - "this person in Europe" or "I'm travelling to Europe" it means NOTHING. Nadda. Nowt.

That's like me saying "I'm travelling to the Southern Hemisphere next summer". It tells you nothing!

There are like a MILLION countries (slight exaggeration) and they're ALL completely different. Languages, climates, people, cultures....!

If you can't specify which country IN Europe you're referring to, maybe you shouldn't be referring to them! Or buy a map








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(and I'm pretty sure I've referred to "Africa" as a place before too.... which I'm sure must REALLY grate on African's like it does us Europeans )
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:32 PM
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Hmmm well I just referred to Europe, knowing full well that's it's a continent and also knowing full well that I DID NOT remember what country in Europe.

So... um... so sad, too bad? I still think I have the right to refer to Europe as a continent. *shrug*
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:33 PM
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Hmmm well I just referred to Europe, knowing full well that's it's a continent and also knowing full well that I DID NOT remember what country in Europe.

So... um... so sad, too bad? I still think I have the right to refer to Europe as a continent. *shrug*
Someone missed the smilies and the Africa bit
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Someone missed the smilies and the Africa bit
Nope, I saw them.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:35 PM
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You might be amazed how different the subcultures, people, climates, and terrain of the different regions/states of the USA vary, as well.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:36 PM
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I think often people go on vacation and do go to multiple countries...so yes, its easier to say "I am traveling to Europe" then to mention the multiple destinations
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Eh. People refer to us (North America) as America -- they don't even specify which. United States of America = country. America = one of 2 continents.

I just don't bother spending the energy to be annoyed by it

Referring to it as Europe absolutely means something. Like it or not, it's your continent, so when they say Europe, they are referring to a place. It's often used instead of naming off multiple countries (it's much easier to say "I'm going to Europe" than to make off 5 countries you'll be visiting on vacation).

ETA: southern hemisphere is not a continent. No, it's really not the same thing.
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You might be amazed how different the subcultures, people, climates, and terrain of the different regions/states of the USA vary, as well.
I know this!

In fact, trying to explain to my other half that America isn't just made up of cities with macdonalds is the hard part
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Eh. People refer to us (North America) as America -- they don't even specify which. United States of America = country. America = one of 2 continents.

I just don't bother spending the energy to be annoyed by it

Referring to it as Europe absolutely means something. Like it or not, it's your continent, so when they say Europe, they are referring to a place. It's often used instead of naming off multiple countries (it's much easier to say "I'm going to Europe" than to make off 5 countries you'll be visiting on vacation).

ETA: southern hemisphere is not a continent. No, it's really not the same thing.
Aren't you Canadian?
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I know this!

In fact, trying to explain to my other half that America isn't just made up of cities with macdonalds is the hard part
In your other half's defense, pretty much every where you go here, you can find McDonald's

That's why all Americans are fat. We also all have guns and drive pickup trucks
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