Why is South Dakota called South Dakota and not simply Dakota?
There already is a North Dakota. Where else should the only other Dakota—we’re talking states, not actresses or buildings—be located but to its south?
South Carolina, same story. Waste of a word. Not to mention South Korea. But let’s keep it stateside.
Ever heard of a commonwealth called East Virginia? Of course not. There’s a West Virginia, so it follows logically that its sole sibling lies east. No need to say it. If Virginia lay south of West Virginia, then West Virginia would be called North Virginia.
It’s really not that difficult to divine the location of the other state of a pair when one is clearly marked by its cardinal direction.
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