The blurb on the back of the Husak and de Marneffe book refers to a country called the ‘Untied States’. I have never seen this typo before, either for the United States or the United Kingdom. It ought to be very funny, although instead it has had me reflecting on the rather silly names of our countries. They sound like something made up for the purposes of a teenager’s computer game. Should we be campaigning for grown-up names for our countries?