Sources: London Array [press release], Bloomberg
quote: We (Americans) know how the geopolitical landscape of Europe works
quote: quote: Adjective Of, provided by, or concerned with the civil government of a country : "the future of state education".
quote: You seem to think that it only applies to subunits of a federation
quote: Have you never heard of a state dinner? The state car? Matters of state? And here you were implicitly belittling American's education.
quote: Not all of you do. I've witnessed the ignorance first hand.
quote: nobody in the UK would ever use the word 'state' to describe our country.
quote: I don't recall stating this.
quote: If you were sufficiently educated you wouldn't have incorrectly inferred things I didn't claim
quote: Generalizing about an entire nation's population based on isolated experiences is usually considered beneath enlightened civilization such as the one you purportedly have in Europe.
quote: I think they would, but even if they didn't it is still valid usage. Just because the USA subdivides itself into units called states instead of provinces, counties, boroughs, shires or parishes has no effect on the international use of the term state as having to do with a country's government
quote: You did with your Texas comment.
quote: Educated doesn't mean clairvoyant.
quote: The Articles of Confederation did indeed unite independent nations and the term state used then was perfectly accurate: describing a country. The colonies were each separate sovereign units before the constitution was ratified.
quote: nobody in the UK would ever use the word 'state' to describe our country. quote: I think they would
quote: I think they would
quote: That's the whole point - there are two meanings but nobody in the UK would ever use the word 'state' to describe our country.
quote: And, some proof of my hunch that state is used as expected in the UK: https://www.gov.uk/state-pension/overview