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Hmm... US-americans are not that bad, are they?

 

By the way, how come that when we mean USA we often say America? America actually includes South America and Canada, but often we use the word as if it was just the USA. Every now and then I become aware of this and it bothers me. Anyone else ever wondered about it?

 

I've noticed that about people who aren't American. When I first moved to NZ, I thought it really strange that everyone who was referring to the US said "America". Americans will, more often than not, call it "The States". Every American I've met here says "The States". Half the time that's how I know they're not Canadian :)

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I assume you mean every "US-American"? Because Canadians are Americans too.

 

Yeah, but I don't think you'd ever catch Canadians referring to themselves as Americans. If someone says "America" I don't think there's much dispute as to where they're talking about. Maybe I'm wrong?

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Oh yes, i heard that in the USA they have maps that divide asia in the middle just to have themselves in the center. I couldn't believe it. Crazy.

Maybe Jaan will chime in with anecdotes from his "the politics and conspiracies of cartography" friend. Quite interesting actually.

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Interesting! how this thread turned into a linguistic-social-politic-geographical issue! As I said before... I'm just learning a lot!

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Thank you butlertotheb; igorschmigor (My good and defending friend :lol: ); drnz; jeffrey; spence (My good and sarcastic friend ;) ); lompoc42; silatix; SermonOfMockery and auze1!!!

Thank you all for your comments/suggestions!

 

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Yeah, the whole America = USA thing bit me in the ass about a month ago...

 

I was working on some adds for a PPV match called "america vs russia" (cheezy yes... but I dont write it). Some of the fighters actually complained about the name saying "we're not americans! We're from the U.S. of A." and the name (as well as all the work allready completed) had to be changed from america to USA.

 

As canadians, it never occured to me, my creative, art director, or copywriter that people living in the USA don't think of themselves as "americans" it's what everyone here calls them...

 

and no, a canadian would never call themselves american because there continentally in america. An identity has been given to the word weather it's appropriate or not.

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Yeah, the whole America = USA thing bit me in the ass about a month ago...

 

I was working on some adds for a PPV match called "america vs russia" (cheezy yes... but I dont write it). Some of the fighters actually complained about the name saying "we're not americans! We're from the U.S. of A." and the name (as well as all the work allready completed) had to be changed from america to USA.

 

That's ridiculous. They were obviously just trying to be difficult. What else would we call ourselves?? United Statesians? There's no getting around it, we're Americans and we can't hide from it. Although I admit I almost lied and called myself Canadian to quell fiery glances from drunk people after a rugby match who were talking about stupid Americans were... I thought it was better to just move cars.

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fantastic reel!

 

 

Oh yes, i heard that in the USA they have maps that divide asia in the middle just to have themselves in the center. I couldn't believe it. Crazy.

 

 

 

yeah, those maps are totally weird!

 

these are the best ones though, when New Zealand just disappears off the face of the earth... haha. its like our country is too small to worry about putting on the map...

 

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yay! NZ's at the top of the world!!!!

 

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I'm an American, so let me clear something up...

 

If you ask us where we live we will tell you "The United States", even if there are other states which are united in the world.

 

But, if you ask me what I am I will tell you that I'm an American.

 

Why? Because it sounds freakin' STUPID to say that I'm a "United Statian" or a U.S. of A-ian.

 

Maybe some may call themselves a U.S. Citizen, but that just sounds stiff and uninviting.

 

ALSO, we do not all "Make ourselves feel good by putting others down."

AND we do not all enjoy engaging in ridiculous wars or trying to be everyone's parents.

 

There is a fairly clean split between the two types of people here in that way. But with the internet and a growing dissemination of knowledge, more and more people are coming to the light side.

 

And what the F@*K is Oceania??? What happened to Australia, did I miss something? :P

 

Hey, fletty, where did you get that right side up map?

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That's exactly the point. It's almost as if the USA had the word "America" reserved for themselves. That's like calling Japan Asia or like calling Germany Europe.

 

I'd consider it another shortened form of "United States of America", just like people would say China instead of the whole "People's Republic of China". Anyways, if Canadians doesn't like calling themselves Americans, no big deal.

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There is a fairly clean split between the two types of people here in that way.

There are two types of people in the world, those who divide the world into two types of people and those who don't.

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I'm an American, so let me clear something up...

 

If you ask us where we live we will tell you "The United States", even if there are other states which are united in the world.

 

But, if you ask me what I am I will tell you that I'm an American.

 

Why? Because it sounds freakin' STUPID to say that I'm a "United Statian" or a U.S. of A-ian.

 

Maybe some may call themselves a U.S. Citizen, but that just sounds stiff and uninviting.

LOL!

But, to solve this problem, why don't you find yourself a nice and "UNIQUE" name for your country? Something like... Eagleland; Freedomland; Hiperland; Powerland... I don't know!

Imagine elephants and donkeys running for elections on how to... NAME their country!!! WOW! that could be a HELL of a good show! Very "american"!

But, who am I to suggest that to the world's most powerful empire anyway!!!

Yeah... I'll better shut up.

What?... Hey!!! WTF is that light up in the sky? Is that a...? Are you watching me? :blink: ... :D

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I never ment to blame anyone. I understand that "United Statian" would sound very stupid.

I just wonder, what word do i use when i actually mean American in the sense of "all people on the North and South American Continents"?

By the way, I found the following on the internet. British folk will love this (I think):

John Cleese's Letter to America

 

To the citizens of the United States of America

 

In light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

 

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).

 

Your new prime minister, Tony Blair, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

 

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

 

1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium," and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

 

2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour', 'favour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise."

 

3. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra'; you may elect to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you find you simply can't cope with correct pronunciation.

 

4. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels (look up "vocabulary"). Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.

 

5.There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize."

 

6. You will relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen", but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).

 

7. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only inEngland. It will be called "Come-Uppance Day."

 

8. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

 

9. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

 

10. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

 

11. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric immediately and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

 

12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling "gasoline") -roughly $6/US gallon. Get used to it.

 

13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with mayonnaise but with vinegar.

 

14. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

 

15. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." American brands will be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

 

16. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

 

17. You will cease playing American "football." There is only one kind of proper football; you call it "soccer". Those of you brave enough will, in time, will be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

 

18. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable.

 

19. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

 

20. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due backdated to 1776.

 

Thank you for your co-operation.

 

John Cleese

 

Sorry, I really love the USA. I just found some of those points so funny, i couldn't resist posting it.

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Rugby is so much cooler than American Football could ever be, and I really like the roundabouts.

 

The whole left hand driving thing, which I do now, doesn't really make sense considering the vast majority of the world drives on the right.

 

The extra U thing is quite silly. Really, what's with the U? It's a throw back from French twinges in the English language. It's time to move on. Or should we start saying "Col-our"?

 

American beer is shite, everyone knows that, even Americans. So is American chocolate for that matter, even though I still love Snickers bars with a blind passion.

 

What the rest of the world (besides Italy and Argentina) could learn from the States, however, is how to make a decent pizza. I've been to many countries now and not one, except for the aforementioned, can make a decent pie. I'm not talk about Pizza Hut processed crap - I'm talking big, how's-your-father slices dripping with cheese, sauce, and grease that you can fold and eat properly.

 

In NZ there's a chain called "Hell's Pizza" which is really pretty good, but it's still no NYC slice.

Edited by lompoc42

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