there you go again, trying to redefine the word "American" to fit your
US "political" definition. You are on the 'worldwide internet' where
your parochial re definitions are not understood. America is a
geographical description of the land masses of South and North America.
you are obviously being intentionally obtuse. The point was where you
are from determines what you are called. If you are from America [ N or
S] then you are American. If you are from the US and you want someone
to know where you are from you would say " I am from the US". If you
say I am an "American" [which is true,although imprecise] you could be
from any number of countries in the Americas.
You stated it had something to do with politics, but it is a geographic
Let's start over. Earlier, I said this:
"There's a big difference between what's correct in terms of geography, and
saying someone is "American", which indicates nationality, political
loyalties and certain ways of thinking."
You responded by saying:
"no to me"
Go back. Do you understand the difference between a place on a map, and the
political entities within those places?
That's funny. Many of the high school students in San
Antonio Texas who walked out of their classes this past
week claim to be MEXICAN not AMERICAN.
Race, geography, politics ... the use/meanings of words
change with context. That's why words in the
dictionary have multiple definitions.
Apparently you confuse the names of countries and
the names of continents. I suppose that you think
a South African means anyone living south of the
Sahara Desert. Ok, now I quit rolling with the pigs.
no I would call that person an African. get it yet? if you are born in
Africa you are an African. That's not too hard for you to understand is it?
Apparently you went to a govt school.
No, I went to geography class. South Africa is a
Lets see. Russian refers to a citizen or resident
of a country. European refers to a resident of a
continent, could be any of several different
countries. American refers to a resident of a
continent, but which one?.
By the way, what the hell is Gov't school? Most
schools in the U.S.A. are public schools, is that
what you mean by gov't school?
Another BTW, your first statement is in obvious
error. Lots of people born in Africa were and
remain, English, French, and German, all of which
could be considered European. And of course, lots
of people born in Africa of native parents or
citizens of countries in Africa have moved to
other continents and become citizens of other
countries and would not be considered African.
I'm not sure how you construct a more untrue
There is no continent called "America". Apparently, you didn't go to school at
You're also apparently unaware that there are several nations whose official
names are "The United States of ...", of which the USA is only one. There are
also the United States of Mexico, and the United States of Brazil -- and the
citizens of the two are called "Mexicans" and "Brazilians" respectively.
People who live in the United States of America are "Americans".
Get it now?
I'd love to listen to you trying to convince a Canadian that he's an
"American". It would be even more entertaining to hear you trying to persuade
him that he's wrong, when he tells you he isn't.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Well I talked to some young Canadians some years ago who could not seem
to understand WHY Canada was not a part the USA!!! Ok, the French
Canadians would NOT stand still for this not for one second. But the
economies of Canada and the USA are so tightly bound, if we catch a
cold, they come down with the flu. If they start to have real problems,
we see the effects in the American economy.
This is the NAFTA argument. Reducing trade barriers between
Canada/USA/Mexico opens up new opportunities, more jobs, EVERYWHERE.
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