Colombia vs Columbia?
As an observer of this blog emailed me, there is only one correct spelling for the South American state and it is Colombia. According to my Collins dictionary, 'Colombia' refers to the South American state and 'Columbia' to the North-American river which "rising in the Rocky Mountains and flowing through British Columbia", it also names a city in South Carolina, USA. However, the use of either 'Columbia' or 'Colombia' lacks of consistency. I have noticed that the UUP and DUP use the spelling 'Columbia', while not referring to the North-American river, in their press release. However, if we search the word 'Colombia' in SF' search engine, we get 272 answers. More surprisingly, if we search 'Columbia' on the same search engine we get eight answers, excluding the latest press release from Gerry Kelly which managed to spell twice 'Columbia' and once 'Colombia'. If anybody has an explanation, I would be very curious to read it.