I was listening to the news yesterday, and the person the newscaster was interviewing said, "America as a nation needs to turn its focus to fixing the environment."
Isn't that ridiculous? Not the part about America fixing the environment, I agree with that. But, isn't it ridiculous that she said, "America as a nation..."
As opposed to what? America as a country line dancer? America as a dinner roll?
Australia may be able to get away with "Australia, as a nation..." because it's a nation and a continent (I think- don't quote me on that). But, America is a nation. That's all it is. By definition.
I have the same problem when people say or write something like
We as human beings should be more giving.
Am I missing something? Am I surrounded by beings who can sometimes act as humans and sometimes act as something else?
I would be so jealous if some people had the same powers as the Super Twins and could shapeshift.
We as human beings have a hard time fighting evil super villains, but as buckets of water and eagles, we kick ass.
I would totally take the form of Johnny Depp's pillow.