Peter T. Daniels
2021-03-23 15:49:09 UTC
The BBC in reporting the latest outrage referred to "the American city of Boulder in Colorado."
The way cities are identified in American English is as in "Boulder,
Colorado," but the BBC constantly inserts a pointless "in" between
city and state name.
Clearly this is carried over from the way places are identified under
the system where the "counties" have little significance beyond the
cultural, so when you say "Sherwood in Nottinghamshire," or whatever,
you're merely giving a vague indication of its location. But in the US,
the state is an integral part of the name of the place. There are dozens
of "Springfield"s scattered about, and lots of "Washington"s and
"Lincoln"s. The state cannot be dropped.
Sometimes a List of Contributors at the front of a book, or even the
byline of a chapter, gives nothing but a name and a city. More than
once, I had to object to being listed as "Peter T. Daniels, Jersey City,
USA" in a book edited in England. There is probably only one Jersey
City in the USA, but it _must_ be listed as "Jersey City, N.J.," with the