The word itself dates from the 19th century and was used by Samuel Butler, the author of the utopian novel Erewhon, and other futuristBritish writers in reference to the United States. In this incarnation, it may been the root of the Esperanto word Usono for the United States, although that word may have been created as an acronym for Unuiĝintaj Ŝtatoj de Nordameriko.
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