Country – Opposite land

Country, to describe a region with a national identity is a word which can be traced back to the mid 13th century. It came to English from French and is a variant of the French word ‘contree’. Before that it came from the Latin ‘contrata’ with the ‘contra’ part, being the same ‘contra’ we see in contraflow etc, it means ‘opposite’, the ‘ta’ part is an appreciation of the Latin ‘terra’ meaning ‘land’.

Before that it came from the Latin ‘contrata’ with the ‘contra’ part, being the same ‘contra’ that we see in contraflow etc, it means ‘opposite’, the ‘ta’ part is an appreciation of the Latin ‘terra’ meaning ‘land’.

So think next time you’re telling your sister that you “love her…in opposite land” you really just admitted that you love her in the country….

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