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ppl from the USA: KEEP ON calling yourselves AMERICAN.

 
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11/20/2012 02:20 AM
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ppl from the USA: KEEP ON calling yourselves AMERICAN.
This is a response to Thread: ppl from the USA: Stop calling yourselves AMERICAN.

In the English-speaking world, American (capital A, no O on the end) specifically refers to people from or of the United States of America. This is true not only within the United States, but throughout the English-speaking world.

How many Anglo-Canadians actually refer to themselves as American? Not many. Jamaicans certainly don't.

I'm from the USA. If I travel to England and say, "I'm an American," no one would ask me if I was from Peru.

And this would be true throughout Australia and New Zealand as well. It's understood American = USA, and nothing else. In fact, if an Argentinian went to New Zealand and tried to pull this nonsense saying "I'm an American from Argentina," the New Zealander wouldn't understand. He'd ask "If you're from Argentina, and not the USA, how are you an American?"

In English, American = from the USA.

Now, in Spanish and Portuguese, americano (lowercase A, O on the end) may indeed refer to people from or of the North and South American continents...

But you know what, we're speaking English here. What americano means to those people in their languages doesn't bother me, so who the hell are they to dictate what American means in our language?

In other words, to the poster from Portugal, and anyone else who doesn't speak English as their mother tongue, STOP IMPOSING YOUR LINGUISTIC IMPERIALISM ON OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

Sincerely,

An American (i.e. USA!, not the general americano)
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11/21/2012 02:30 PM
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Re: ppl from the USA: KEEP ON calling yourselves AMERICAN.
Let me set you 3rd world fucks straight with a little history lesson like I've had to do on so many occasions when I used to study Spanish in college in Mexico City a long time ago.

Why do we call ourselves Americans? Because, plain and simple, we were the first on this "super continent" to deserve the name. While the rest of you 3rd world fucktards were still subjects of the British, French, Spanish and Portuguese crowns... there were thirteen British colonies that declared their independence from their European masters and fought a war to solidify their new claim. These 13 former colonies called their new republic of sovereign nations the United States of America. Why? Because they were, at the time, the first and only sovereign nations (states) on the entire AMERICAN supercontinent. Mexico did the same thing with Spain, but they did it almost FORTY YEARS LATER.
So, our county was supposed to change our name because you Latin American fucktards couldn't follow the Americans' example of colonial independence until almost a half century after we kicked the English out?
We were first. The first Americans. We were Americans while every "Brazilian" was still a Portuguese subject. We were Americans while every Mexican was still a Spanish citizen and royal subject and so on and so forth. So guess what you Portuguese asshole...?

Go fuck yourself while reading a book on the history of this "supercontinent"...
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11/21/2012 02:42 PM

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Re: ppl from the USA: KEEP ON calling yourselves AMERICAN.
NATIVE 'American' INDIANS are the true inheritors of the NORTH AMERICAN continent....whether you like it or not.
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11/21/2012 02:45 PM
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Re: ppl from the USA: KEEP ON calling yourselves AMERICAN.
NATIVE 'American' INDIANS are the true inheritors of the NORTH AMERICAN continent....whether you like it or not.
 Quoting: Daniel of the Rose


there's actually evidence that europeans where actually the first some 20-25,000 years ago.
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11/21/2012 02:46 PM
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Re: ppl from the USA: KEEP ON calling yourselves AMERICAN.
Why do we call ourselves Americans? Because, plain and simple, we were the first on this "super continent" to deserve the name.


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