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Why do we call people from the United States "American"...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by soulgeezer, Aug 9, 2018.

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  1. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member


    you know how you can tell the colonist from the imperialist? Just ask them to smile!
     
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  2. Ira7

    Ira7 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think there's just something about us Americans loving our country so much that pisses off some people of other nationalities.

    Sorry, but you gotta learn to live with it, and claiming we shouldn't call ourselves American is pretty ridiculous, you know?

    Like, do you actually think that other countries in North, Central or South America have any right to call themselves Americans!?
     
  3. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
    What about Unitedists?
     
  4. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    Nope. Keep on pushing.

    I hear Boris Johnson and the Duke of Edinburgh have your back... :D
     
  5. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    So it should be called 'LiefErikssonland' ? :cool:
     
  6. DesmoDog

    DesmoDog Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 28, 2010
    SE Michigan, USA
    Australian Shepards aren't from Australia.

    French Fires aren't from France.

    Names aren't always literally correct.
     
  7. beagle

    beagle Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 20, 2010
    Yorkshire
    This is all so simple. I'm a Yorkshireman, you lot are all foreigners.

    Sorted.
     
  8. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Calling us "United Statesians" sounds pretty stupid. So, we just say "American."
    Why is this a thing is the more important question...
     
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  9. Frontman

    Frontman Tele-Holic

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    Jul 10, 2014
    Tokyo
    I think the name was applied by other countries, “American” is easier to say than “la gente de Estados Unidos,” or “Le peuple de les Etats Unis,” and a dozen other ways to say it. Here in Japan it’s アメリカ人, “ah may ree kah jin.” (American person.)
     
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  10. albesias

    albesias TDPRI Member

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    In Spain, the people from USA are "estadounidenses".
    So, Why people say spanish referring to the language when proper term is castillian?
     
  11. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    UK
    DoE is a national treasure, but if people associate me with Bojo for the comedic stance I took then time for me to unmask myself as a person who doesn't care either way
     
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  12. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    I wholeheartedly agree.

    The DoE is awesome.

    Boris, on the other hand, is an intolerable tw*t.
     
  13. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    It's true that Magna Carta had a direct influence on the construction of the American Constitution but there's a common misconception that Magna Carta was a constitution for "the people". It wasn't.

    It was to help settle the ongoing feud between King John and his Barons. The rich who continued to literally "own" the rest of us for several hundred years.

    British monarchs and their various (and numerous) hangers-on clung onto power, status and money for as long as they could. Like him or loathe him, Oliver Cromwell's army brought the perception that Kings and Queens were anointed by God to an abrupt end.
     
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  14. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 27, 2011
    Parts Unknown
    ”Why do we call people from the United States "American"...”

    _ _ of America, eh!
     
  15. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    The official name for the sovereign state comprising England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    Although some refer to the constituent parts as "countries" that's not the whole truth as the "countries" have separate / local laws, they all fall under the UK Federal Government.

    Most, as you say, use / misuse countries in a sporting context.
     
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  16. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    UK
    Someone make an ungainly version of 'United Statesian' with THAT mouthful

    English, British, European is all very well but Subject of Her Brittanic Majesty is how I prefer to identify myself
     
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  17. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Nah.....I won't see it in my lifetime but I've always lived in the hope that one day, we'll realise that boundaries are there for the protection of those with vested interests that don't benefit 99.9999999% of the population, and get rid of them.
     
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  18. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

    Feb 26, 2017
    UK
    My garden wall just got 10 feet higher.... and you are going to pay for it
     
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  19. DrPepper

    DrPepper Tele-Holic

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    I have started calling myself German-American.
     
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  20. Boubou

    Boubou Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Jul 30, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    Absolutely.
    All people from Europe can and do call themselves Europeans , same as anyone who lives between Tierra del Fuego and Old Crow IS an American
     
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