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PeeDee
02-22-2007, 06:01 AM
This is a minor matter, but I'm just hitting brick walls everywhere.

I'm looking for the definition, the proper definition of the word "America." it's got to MEAN something aside from "collection of fifty states forming a union" which is the sort of thing I get through dictionaries and Google.

What's the word mean? Why is this particular body of land called "America?"

alleycat
02-22-2007, 06:02 AM
I assume you're not asking where the name came from?

veinglory
02-22-2007, 06:04 AM
I think that is in fact the question

try: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=America
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placename_etymology#America

?

kdnxdr
02-22-2007, 06:04 AM
If this word, or any word like it, is not referrenced by those Mayflower et al folks, then I would look up the tribal people that would be descendants of the first indigenous peoples that they had dinner with. I would guess that it is some sort of indian word.

PeeDee
02-22-2007, 06:05 AM
I assume you're not asking where the name came from?

Even that would be helpful enough. Again, I'm not finding anything that I can use unless I want to define America as "United States and South America"

alleycat
02-22-2007, 06:07 AM
I think that is in fact the question
If it is, his teacher should have whacked him with a ruler for falling asleep in eighth grade history class that day.

;-)

PeeDee
02-22-2007, 06:09 AM
If it is, his teacher should have whacked him with a ruler for falling asleep in eighth grade history class that day.

;-)

American history was an iffy thing for me. I didn't care, I wanted more mythology and old world history. now I need it, and I don't have it. Damn it.

Veinglory, thank you, those links were exactly what I needed. I'm kicking myself, because I've used etymonline before, but it didn't occur to me this time.

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alleycat
02-22-2007, 06:10 AM
Another problem solved on the AW board . . .

Ol' Fashioned Girl
02-22-2007, 06:11 AM
Take a look at this guy (http://library.thinkquest.org/4034/vespucci.html). ;)

ETA: veinglory beat me to the punch!

PeeDee
02-22-2007, 06:11 AM
Now, can anyone tell me where babies come from?

rugcat
02-22-2007, 06:13 AM
If it is, his teacher should have whacked him with a ruler for falling asleep in eighth grade history class that day.;-)
Do they still teach history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci) in grade school? I mean middle school, I'm dating myself. (Because no one else will)

PeeDee
02-22-2007, 06:13 AM
Take a look at this guy (http://library.thinkquest.org/4034/vespucci.html). ;)

ETA: veinglory beat me to the punch!

Actually, that's useful in addition to what veinglory posted. I would have had to go find out about this fine fellow anyway, so you've saved me...er...four or five clicks of the mouse. :D

PeeDee
02-22-2007, 06:14 AM
Do they still teach history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci) in grade school? I mean middle school, I'm dating myself. (Because no one else will)

*grumble* This is why I avoided asking the question for awhile now.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
02-22-2007, 06:19 AM
Actually, that's useful in addition to what veinglory posted. I would have had to go find out about this fine fellow anyway, so you've saved me...er...four or five clicks of the mouse. :D

Ah, good! Anything for a buddy!

C.bronco
02-22-2007, 06:23 AM
Americus Vespucci
:)

alleycat
02-22-2007, 06:27 AM
Americus Vespucci
:)
The inventor of the Vespa scooter.

veinglory
02-22-2007, 07:06 AM
Now, can we have a conspiracy theory that provides an alternative explanation? Because otherwise this thread doesn't really have anywhere to go....

alleycat
02-22-2007, 07:12 AM
Now, can we have a conspiracy theory that provides an alternative explanation? Because otherwise this thread doesn't really have anywhere to go....
We could start a debate about who discovered the "new world" first. That's always a fun one.

PeeDee
02-22-2007, 09:39 AM
Was it those pesky Russians, walking across their little icy bridge?

Was it the Vikings, with too much mead in their systems, sailing randomly into a country which turned out NOT to be England?

Was it the Egyptians, who came and went and no one remembered?

Bmwhtly
02-22-2007, 01:03 PM
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Was it the Vikings, with too much mead in their systems, sailing randomly into a country which turned out NOT to be England?

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wyntermoon
02-22-2007, 06:11 PM
I just enjoy saying his name-

Ameeeeerrrigo Vespuuuucci

It rolls off the tongue trippingly.

greglondon
02-22-2007, 06:22 PM
Just to repeat the obvious: Amerigo Vespucci was one of the first people from the old world to realize that the places that Columbus was visiting wasn't part of India but was completely new territory.