So, Americans, I was thinking the other night about Washington after Cameron referred to the nation’s capital as simply “D.C.” I was, of course, in Washington state at the time. And it got my mind a-whirring. Can the contiguous states of the country be carved into two, along a line which would denote which Washington, state or District of Columbia, one is referring to?
I’ll make myself clearer: if someone was to say to you, “I’ve got to go to Washington next week?” which Washington would you automatically assume they were talking about. I’m guessing that folks here in Oregon or in Idaho would be referring to their neighbouring state. Similarly, I’d assume that people in New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore would be talking about D.C. My fabulous furry freak friends Kraig and Barbara are of the opinion the dividing line might approximately run along the Mississippi.
This is where you come in, citizens of the United States of America. We could make a map. And who doesn’t love maps? So, all I would like you to do is tell me where you are in the States, and which Washington you would assume someone would be referring to. Of course, if you’re from Seattle, but living in New York, you might think differently than your fellow New Yorkers and skew the results a bit, but, I think it’d be cool to make this map. So, y’know, if you’d like to help make me happy, please leave a comment, and ask your pals or electronic pals around the country to join in. No need to sign in to comment, you can leave them anonymously if you want. Thanks, y’all.
Update 8 Jan: Thank you so much to everyone who commented. The conclusion I’ve come to is that most people would say “state” at the end if that’s what they meant, or would just say the name of the city within the state instead. It seems that most references to a Washington would be referring to D.C. Again, thanks for your help. Follow-up question brought up in the comments: How far away from New England do you have to get before people assume you mean Portland, Oregon not Portland, Maine when you simply say “Portland”? I guess this question could be asked of Germans, too, Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurt (Oder)? And, indeed, how far away from the hamlet of New York, Lincolnshire do you have to get before people assume you’re talking about that other New York?