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Countries being refered to in the feminine

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posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 02:38 AM
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Why does everyone refer to their country as a "she"? I have heard people use it when talking about Israel, America, Russia stating phrases like. "her army is strong," or "she has won her freedom." Does anybody ever use masculine form for any country?




posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 02:42 AM
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a reply to: Marcus069

Nazi Germany and North Korea refer to their nations as the Fatherland.



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 03:15 AM
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a reply to: Marcus069

I am a merchant seafarer and as a consequence tradition suggests that a ship "is nearer and dearer to the sailor than anyone except his mother." and for that reason is referred to as a "her" or "she".

I also use the same terminology when referring to countries' and her citizens - for me, it does indeed roll off the tongue easier in conversation.



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 03:28 AM
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originally posted by: starwarsisreal
a reply to: Marcus069

Nazi Germany and North Korea refer to their nations as the Fatherland.


they must be only exceptions to the rule!



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 03:31 AM
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originally posted by: Sublimecraft
a reply to: Marcus069

I am a merchant seafarer and as a consequence tradition suggests that a ship "is nearer and dearer to the sailor than anyone except his mother." and for that reason is referred to as a "her" or "she".

I also use the same terminology when referring to countries' and her citizens - for me, it does indeed roll off the tongue easier in conversation.



Good point about the mother thing. When something is dear to your heart I guess you would refer to as a "she", like how some guys refer to their cars as a "she".

Could be easier rolling off the tongue but I am sure in other languages they also use the feminine?
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posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 03:44 AM
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a reply to: Marcus069

my country raised me for good or bad.

She is my mom or mum, or whatever.

I will never forsake her for having me,
but the dudes screwing it all up have me worried.


I'm more allied to the earth and people..
Maybe United States tried to raise me, but I took in more than that.
She gave me things...
great things.


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posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 03:58 AM
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Countries being referred to in the feminine. That bothers me not.

What is much more important is that many people in govt and business refer to countries not by name but by 'that economy.' What does that tell you about what the globalists are thinking?

Might it be that economies without boarders is followed by countries with out boarders?????????



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 03:58 AM
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Countries being referred to in the feminine. That bothers me not.

What is much more important is that many people in govt and business refer to countries not by name but by 'that economy.' What does that tell you about what the globalists are thinking?

Might it be that economies without boarders is followed by countries with out boarders?????????



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 04:04 AM
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a reply to: Marcus069

It's just a peculiarity of English usage. Perhaps because using the neuter pronoun it doesn't sound quite right? We use it when referring to an animal of indeterminate sex, but also (and mainly) in reference to inanimate objects; and it doesn't sound quite appropriate to use the neuter pronoun in reference to nations jam-packed with animate beings.

To some people. I still use it because it's grammatically correct...and because using the feminine pronoun just sounds weird to me.



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 04:04 AM
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a reply to: Azureblue

yes.

I'm more allied to my land I live on, and the mess ups that try to run it
than I am to any corporation.

Corporations can make money by making great products. Great food. Amazing water.
I will buy all those things.

Until I see that, they have to be my enemy.

I hate to say it but my country who raised me is looking dark too, but I have hope for her.
She can be a good girl again.



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 04:20 AM
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Well the origins are in English itself, or Latin precisely, as English does not attribute feminine or masculine to most nouns, unlike French (le and la). It's all to do with masculine and feminine nouns perhaps even and terra firma, which is Latin for "solid earth", but which is feminine. This could be the origin of "mother earth" and the tradition to refer to countries and "things" in the feminine.

I suppose "mother earth" may have had currency because of the seasonal cycles and the ground "bearing fruit" - the "old Gods" were good at expressing this.

Not sure how this works in languages not centred in the Western world - like Chinese.



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 04:25 AM
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a reply to: paraphi

girls are cups or vessels..
dudes are spears..

you live in a country.
you sail in a boat.

something that contains you.

Women are where and how I exist.

I am grateful.





English is not so attached to Rome.. It's much more German which also has the separate masculine and feminine nouns..
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posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 04:35 AM
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a reply to: Marcus069

Mother Australia , erm nope .Father Australia , still nope . Glad i could bring some real english to the table .



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 05:33 AM
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a reply to: hutch622

Mother Russia?



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 05:33 AM
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a reply to: Marcus069

May possibly go back to astrology where each country has a chart for its inception. This means the country has either a positive/male or negative/female sun. So referring to a country as a she is not wrong, just unusual in this day and age where astrology has become ridiculed and most are completely ignorant about its once many uses.



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 06:58 AM
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originally posted by: Marcus069
Why does everyone refer to their country as a "she"? I have heard people use it when talking about Israel, America, Russia stating phrases like. "her army is strong," or "she has won her freedom." Does anybody ever use masculine form for any country?


Germany, they call it the "father land".



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 12:16 PM
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a reply to: Marcus069

You should look into The Mysteries. You will find the reasons within there for all manner of things like this.

Long story short: your "land" is nurturing. It cares for you, provides for you, creates life for your sustenance. All of these, in esoteric thinking, are feminine attributes.



posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 12:39 PM
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Mother Earth, also terra mater...refer to the feminine.

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So, it would appear female goddesses have always been associated with Earth/land, as another poster mentioned above, in relation to nurturing.
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