Linguistic Pet Peeve

It annoys me to see or hear my state referred to as “Washington state”. A case can be made for the usage, but I don’t think it’s ever necessary. If you want to refer to Washington, DC, include the “DC”. One wouldn’t refer to “Oregon state” or “Texas state” without intending to refer to a university, neh? So don’t say “Washington state”. It’s simply “Washington”.

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