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Feb 11, 2009

The Commonweath

オーストラリアの正式な名称は、Commonwealth of Australiaなんだって、と夫が言いました。
直訳すると公共の幸せのような意味になりますが、日本語に訳するときは、連邦などというようです。というか、イギリス連邦の一つという意味のようなのですが、どっちにしてもオーストラリア自体も連邦制なのでまいっか、というところのよう。
昔、日本は大東亜共栄圏などといって、他国を侵略しようとしましたが、イギリスも植民地を同じように呼んでいた(というか「共栄圏」自体が、Commonwealthの訳だったのかもしれないですね)んでしょうかね。

さらに、アメリカの州はstateというものと思いこんでいましたが、実際はペンシルバニア、マサチューセッツ、ケンタッキー、ヴァージニアの4州は、stateではなく、commonwealthと名乗っているのだそうです。これは、有名な話らしいですが。アメリカといっても、国に歴史ありですねぇ(なんか、怒られそう・・・)。

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