Robert G. Ferrell rgferrell at gmail.com
Tue May 26 20:49:32 PDT 2009

Peter Schorn wrote:
> Just a reminder from your friendly neighborhood pedant that since no one
> studies "America History" or "France History" or "Japan History," we should
> perhaps refer to "Ansteorran history" and not "Ansteorra history" lest we
> sound too much like characters in _Pulp Fiction_, i.e., semi-literate goons.

Depends on whether you're recounting the history of a nation or of the
inhabitants thereof specifically.  "American History" really refers to
the people of America, although it's widely used to mean, "any
historical discussion relating to the United States of America."  "Texas
History," on the other hand, manages to convey the same meaning for the
State of Texas without the use of the possessive case.

I think it really boils down to what rolls off the tongue most easily.
For me, it's usually peas.


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