The problem is the name of Washington (the state) is Washington. The city where the capitol is located is named Washington, District of Columbia or more commonly, Washington D. C. What is so gol darn flipping hard to calling them by name and thereby making the differentiation. Watched a crazy game show called Repo Games where some lady who's rig was getting repossessed had a chance to answer some questions to get her ride paid off. One question was "What are the five states that touch the Gulf of Mexico?" (She lived in Texas...just for a bit of background) She answered "Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, no not Mississippi, Atlanta and Alabama". She is the reason we say Washington State.