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Old July 15th 03, 11:10 AM
Mary Malmros
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Default Boycott French Ski Jargon!

The Real Bev writes:

Mary Malmros wrote:

The Real Bev writes:

Dave Harsant wrote:

"Mary Malmros" wrote:

Vern93 writes:

Mary Malmros wrote:

Awake, patriotic - er, Unitedstatesians!

How's this for irony: there is no adjective in English describing
people or things from the United States...but there is one in
Spanish: estadounidense.

Sure there is! "American"

...which includes people from the USA, Mexico, Chile, etc.

Not according to non-Americans :-)

That's their problem, WE know who we are.

How about 'Yanks'? Much easier than "United States of Americans" to
distinguish ourselves from "United States of Mexicans".


Oh yeah, go try and fly that lead balloon down in Georgia. FYI, the
only people who are properly called "Yankees" are New Englanders,
mostly of English ancestry, whose families have been continuously
residing there for at least a couple hundred years.


I thought the intent was to find a word that would work for non-Yanks,
i.e., "foreigners," who would not be likely to care or perhaps even know
about the Mason-Dixon line.


I can't speak for anyone's "intent", but it's the height of rudeness
-- if not imprudence -- to slap a label on a group of people without
making some effort to find out if they like wearing it -- no matter
how convenient it may be for the label-slappers.

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Old July 15th 03, 03:39 PM
Dave Harsant
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Default Boycott French Ski Jargon!


"Mary Malmros" wrote in message
...
The Real Bev writes:

Mary Malmros wrote:

The Real Bev writes:

Dave Harsant wrote:

"Mary Malmros" wrote:

Vern93 writes:

Mary Malmros wrote:

Awake, patriotic - er, Unitedstatesians!

How's this for irony: there is no adjective in English

describing
people or things from the United States...but there is one

in
Spanish: estadounidense.

Sure there is! "American"

...which includes people from the USA, Mexico, Chile, etc.

Not according to non-Americans :-)

That's their problem, WE know who we are.

How about 'Yanks'? Much easier than "United States of Americans" to
distinguish ourselves from "United States of Mexicans".

Oh yeah, go try and fly that lead balloon down in Georgia. FYI, the
only people who are properly called "Yankees" are New Englanders,
mostly of English ancestry, whose families have been continuously
residing there for at least a couple hundred years.


I thought the intent was to find a word that would work for non-Yanks,
i.e., "foreigners," who would not be likely to care or perhaps even know
about the Mason-Dixon line.


I can't speak for anyone's "intent", but it's the height of rudeness
-- if not imprudence -- to slap a label on a group of people without
making some effort to find out if they like wearing it -- no matter
how convenient it may be for the label-slappers.

the bug.

So are you implying we Aussies should not call you Seppos? :-)

However, language is colloquial and ever evolving, and as someone else has
pointed out, "American" has more than one dictionary meaning. Context
defines which is intended. So when the rest of the world says Yank or
Americans , we know what is meant. :-)


 




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