A main consternation about living in the state of Washington is having to deal with the name. I have no idea what the state planners were thinking. I don’t know what President Millard Fillmore the House of Representatives was thinking. The original proposed name was “Columbia”. That idea was nixed because there might be some confusion with the District of Columbia.
So… they decided to go with “Washington” instead? Because … that’s not confusing at all. Especially when the capital of the United States is already named Washington.
Look, I love George, and I think he deserves his spot of Mount Rushmore for the monumental job of having to establish the protocol for being the President of the United States. But really it’s kinda sad when you have to continually refer to the state as “Washington state” because otherwise relatives are going to be wondering when they can come over and visit the White House.
So here’s my proposal: let’s go Greek. Let’s change the name of the state to “Olympus.” There’s a precedent here. The Olympic Range, including Mt. Olympus, are already wholly contained in the state. We love our mountains. There’s one on the license plate. (Though that’s Mt. Rainier, and it’s in the Cascade Range.) It’s got fine mythical connotations we can use in all of our stationary. Not to mention there are tons of businesses in the area already named “Olympic” this and that.
I understand that this would be a lot of paperwork, and perhaps more cost than the taxpayers can bear, but think of future generations who must always be confused when people as if they can see the Washington Monument from their house or not.