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    Question What does 'DC' refer to?(2 questions)

    Reading all the stuff about North Korea's nukes, one thing strikes me: the United States seems to want to outsource not just its jobs to China, but also its diplomacy. "It's up to China!" and "China can do more!" are the operative phrases emerging from DC-think-tanks and the US government. As if....

    Here's where those easy exhortations break down and why I think it's naÔve of us to expect that China can "do more," or in the words of John Bolton, "end this thing tomorrow."
    Pomfret's China: PostGlobal on washingtonpost.com
    The test I quoted is excerpted from a blog of Washingpost.com.


    Q1: What does 'DC' refer to?

    Q2: Can you rephrase the sentence -Here's where those easy exhortations break down ? I don't understand ' exhortations break down'.

    Thank you!

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    Re: What does 'DC' refer to?(2 questions)

    DC = Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S.

    This is where these overly simple statements about what should be done won't really work in practicality.

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    Re: What does 'DC' refer to?(2 questions)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    DC = Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S.
    D.C. = District of Columbia, if I'm not mistaken. Washington, in the District of Columbia.
    I don't know why only the city of Washington gets this addition, or why 'DC' is used for Washington, unless some government offices are in D.C. but not in Washington.

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    Re: What does 'DC' refer to?(2 questions)

    The District of Columbia and the City of Washington are, geographically, the exact same area. You can't be in Washington, but not in DC, nor can you be in DC, but not in Washington.

    In the US, it's very common to refer to the city (really, the surrounding area as well) as "DC."

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