5x6 (5x6) wrote in linguaphiles,

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West vs western?

In the States, such qualifiers as Western, Southern are usually applied to parts of states: Southern California, northern Virginia, while the states themselves always take the short forms: West Virginia, South Dakota.

In Australia however we find the state of Western Australia but at the same time another state is called South Australia. The term Southern Australia, according to Google, includes also NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. How come that the largest Australian state is called Western A. and not West A.?


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