February 3rd, 2014

Decimate

US English usage question: "Upstate"

As a British English speaker, I've seen a lot of references to 'upstate New York' over the years, and had never bothered myself  too much about the precise definition, as it generally seemed fairly clear from context. And then, this week, I came across a reference to 'upstate Washington'.

So, I did a bit of Googling, and confirmed that my idea of what 'upstate' meant wasn't too far off. The first entry I found with a search for 'upstate definition', for example, was "of, in, or to a part of a state remote from its large cities, especially the northern part." I also came across more references to upstate New York in particular, which  appear to confirm that my (also British) friend in Rochester, NY, counts as living in upstate New York.

My question to US speakers of English is this:
Is the phrase 'upstate + [state name]' often (or ever?) used for states which don't share their name with a major American city?

[Edited for typo]
marcus 2013

Russian announcement by Livejournal

Anyone know what this announcement by livejournal is about?

http://livejournal.livejournal.com/23813.html

The Google translation is horrible, I think that what they're saying is that the Russian government has hit Livejournal with some sort of cease and desist order related to political protests, but I'm not sure if I've got that right. Anyone able to give a better translation?

Later - many thanks to everyone who commented, that makes it a lot clearer. I was getting a bit worried.