From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
As many people from the various nations throughout the New World consider
themselves to be "Americans", some think the common usage of American to
refer to only people from the United States should be avoided in
international contexts where it might cause confusion. Some find the use of
American to refer to only the United States offensive, as tending to
disregard the existence of other American nations. Many in Latin America may
consider it an insult if it is suggested that they are somehow less worthy
of being called American than residents of the USA.
Doing a quick google, the very first HIT shows a Canadian on my side. Read
Hit number 2. Read #77. "I'm 100% Mexican"... " I am an American, even if I
don't have papers. Why, everyone who comes through america from the north
(Canada) or the south (Mexico) are Americans too! why? because america is
not a country -- It's a continent."
(I hope the link works):
I don't care if you disagree with my interpretation or not, but to call me
flat wrong is, well, flat wrong. If Mirriam Webster dictionary lists my
interpretation ahead of yours, I'm not "flat wrong".
Garbage. Of course there's going to be some individuals that agree with you,
but the majority of Canadians consider themselves exactly that, Canadian and
they value their heritage as a Canadian society distinct from Americans.
Would Americans call themselves Canadian? The name of the continent of North
American has absolutely nothing to do with country pride.
I'm a Canadian; this is the first time anyone has called me an
American. I suppose technically speaking everybody in North and South
America is an American. Heck, I could call myself a Monctonian, but
most of you don't know or care where Moncton (city) is. I could call
myself a New Brunswicker (Province). I call myself a Canadian when I'm
dealing with and international audience. I can't ever remember calling
myself a North American.
We all know what it usually means in a debate when we start to say
"technically speaking". It means our argument is flawed for 99.9% of
the population, but we can still say we are right.
To date, when I have heard a news report about America or an American,
my assumption has been the story is about The United States of America
or a citizen. I don't think I have been wrong yet. Perhaps I just
don't know I have been mistaken.
Nobody's saying you're mistaken. :-) I'm not saying that when someone says
"American", that we should think "Oh, you mean 'an inhabitant of North or
South America'", I'm just saying that if a Canadian (or Mexican, or
Argentinian) says something derogatory about "Americans", then technically
(yes technically) he/she is insulting himself/herself. And I find that
funny. And that's not meant to be derogatory to Canadians (or Mexicans, or
Jerry (an "American" who enjoys visiting Canada, and watching channel 31
HI Jerry, my intention was to just let this drop, but I wanted to
address your last comment. Not because I have an overwhelming desire
to be right, but to clarify.
I was not and am not offended and did not find it derogatory. I know
many Americans and I work with many Americans. I have no issue; in fact
have not noticed any difference between them and any other person I
have met. Sure, there are people that see a stereotypical American
around every corner. The same could be said about people seeing
stereotypical Canadians, eh.
My point was; it is simply a flawed response. It's kind of like the
"I'm rubber and you're glue..." response to an insult. "Oh
yea...Well you're an American too." Contrary to what is portrayed on
some US newscasts. I'm proud of my American neighbours. I don't
always understand the politics, but I don't have to.
Sean ( A Canadian who watches way to much TV and all of the good stuff
comes from the US)
| HI Jerry, my intention was to just let this drop, but I wanted to
| address your last comment. Not because I have an overwhelming
| desire to be right, but to clarify.
Good comment. Communication does seem to go to hell when being right
becomes more important than being accurate....
| I was not and am not offended and did not find it derogatory. I know
| many Americans and I work with many Americans. I have no issue; in
| fact have not noticed any difference between them and any other
| person I have met. Sure, there are people that see a stereotypical
| American around every corner. The same could be said about people
| seeing stereotypical Canadians, eh.
Most people on both sides of the border (any border) aren't very
visible - and, by and large, the visible ones tend to be non-typical
(else why would anyone notice them?)
| I'm proud of my American neighbours. I don't
| always understand the politics, but I don't have to.
Works both ways. On a visit to France a while back I was asked a
couple of times if I was Canadian - and felt complimented (and was
still no less proud to be an American.)
FWIW, I don't always understand our politics either - but then it
would seem that (especially) politicians aren't always rational.
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Oh, no. The politicians are rational. But their deviousness is so
convoluted, understanding is difficult, or at least requires the same
somewhat odd twists of thought they, and their handlers, use. But,
rationally, they want to get elected. Of course, that doesn't apply to
clowns like Ralph Nader, who want to keep others from getting elected.
Well, I live in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, North America. So I
can lay claim to being a North American. Usage has the nomen American to
refer to the inhabitants of the country below us, the Exited States of
America. <grinning, ducking and running>
I think of myself as being a Canadian. Not a North American and certainly
not an American.
I'm a Canadian. I'm not an American, and have never played one on
television. Some of my best friends, OTOH, are Americans. I have a
couple of friends who are Chileans, and Peruvians. They are not
This "we're all Americans" canard is so very old and tired. Let's put
it on an ice flow and wave goodbye.
~ Stay Calm... Be Brave... Wait for the Signs ~
Maybe, but if you visit another country, and someone asks where you
are from, WHAT do you say?
"United States" - That's technically wrong.
"American" - That's technically wrong
And if you say "I'm from the United States of America" or "US of A"
you sound like a dork.
p.s. If you say "I'm from New York (or whatever)" - that's cheating.
A mathematician and an engineer were arguing over how to ...
Sending unsolicited commercial e-mail to this account incurs a fee of
$500 per message, and acknowledges the legality of this contract.
When we were in France last year for 3 weeks, we said, "California."
It was also the logical answer from the point-of-view that most of our
time there was in the wine regions (intentionally), and it got the
conversation going (as much as it could w/ our broken French and their
broken English) in the viticultural / eonological direction.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.