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And Southern France is acceptable: it means the southern portion of France, say from the Massif Central southwards. The South of France is now used to refer to the Mediterranean coast and its hinterland.

dilyswt August 17, 2010, 6:19am

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Um, so, obviously it's Eastern Europe and the Middle-East... And, as John predicted/explained, it used to be eastern Europe but the Cold War created a more accepted region in which, say, no one would include Greece or Turkey.

Hey, as a European Federalist I'd love for East Europe to come about but we've a while to go til then.

dilyswt August 17, 2010, 6:17am

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I think John's more or less right.

IngisKahn, I don't know about North Texas or East Jersey but East Europe IS wrong; it's like Mid-East, a weird recent US variant that might catch on but isn't considered correct - or wasn't last time I checked. I'm guessing the other two examples are slang, although I might be wrong.

dilyswt August 17, 2010, 6:12am

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