I’m 34 years old. I have friends in various and sundry places around America and a few in other countries…like the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Singapore…

When I “talk” to those friends (through skype or email), it always struck me funny how they would abbreviate the names of their country. “Oh, it’s hot here in SG, lah” (for Singapore). Or “come to BKK (Bangkok) and blah blah blah”.

In my mind, abbreviating the country meant that it was a second-class state, not worth mentioning in full.

I am 34 years old; and just realized that I live in the US.

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