"USians"

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  1. sysyphus

    sysyphus So they tell me

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    Well my point is that it is completely out of order for a city which in your mind is not a part of Canada should name its hockey team the "Canadiens". The word Canadian and its direct french translation is reserved for those of us on this continent who speak the Queen's English thank you very much so give back what you have hijacked. :p

    On a more serous note, what real need is there for a word to collectively describe the people of the Western hemisphere? The people of the Eastern hemisphere don't have one, they don't seem too bothered.
     
  2. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    Well, you know, that would be a convincing argument except the part where "Canada" in western use originally meant the Saint Lawrence valley, and "Canadiens" the French-speaking inhabitants thereof...

    Remind me, who hijacked whose name, again? :p

    (But then, we hijacked the name in turn from the Iroquoian populations who used it to mean "Village")
    :p
     
  3. G-Force Junkie

    G-Force Junkie Old Vulcan Guy

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    If we must rename America :shifty: , I'm game for Rooseveltia. Beauty of it is that both parties had revered presidents named Roosevelt. We could also rename it for Jefferson or Franklin.
     
  4. Kerozine

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    It just doesn't sound right in English, though this is probably due to force of habit.

    Usage of the term "American" to describe US citizens at best only gets annoying when its overused and overemphasized. :confused:
     
  5. Ansar

    Ansar Détente avec l'été

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    Who's showing distate for the United States? :confused:
     
  6. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    Actually, I do agree. Unitedstatesians sounds pretty silly in English. It's not so bad in French or Spanish.

    I wouldn't use Unitedstatesians outside silly talk in English, TBH. And even in silly talk (such as this highly amusing thread), I could well use Americans as a whole.
     
  7. Bill3000

    Bill3000 OOOH NOOOOOOO! Supporter

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    Columbia. It was one of the first nicknames of the American colonies, and we would only screw British Columbia (sorry pasi, but you don't matter) and Colombia (sorry ansar, but you don't matter)
     
  8. Gogf

    Gogf Indescribable

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    What other possible reason couple people have for using it? It's not like saying "USians" a couple times means that the next time you say "Americans" people will think you mean people from the western hemisphere.
     
  9. Shadylookin

    Shadylookin master debater

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    I don't really care. Isn't Germany's real name Deutchland and Spain's real name Espana. I doubt it's all that uncommon for a country to be a completely different name in a different language.

    I'm pretty sure in spanish we're already Estidos unidosians or something to that effect.
     
  10. West 36

    West 36 Can count up to 4

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    I won't use it, but you all can go ahead. Especially non-english speakers since their words don't sound as bad.
     
  11. LightFang

    LightFang "I'm the hero!"

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    USians is a ridiculous term. We're Americans! Rawr!
     
  12. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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  13. Arwon

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    So nobody else uses Statesider?
     
  14. shortguy

    shortguy It's a working title

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    Sounds like the name of a shoe.
     
  15. alcal

    alcal surfin'

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    Yankees???
     
  16. Babbler

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    You probably get you ass kicked for calling an Alabamian a Yankee, methinks.
     
  17. Bigfoot3814

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    I already addressed this.
    Spoiler When someone called Southerners "Yankees" :


     
  18. Lord_Iggy

    Lord_Iggy Tsesk'ihe

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    Hear hear!

    Isn't Nigerian the word for someone from Nigeria, not someone from Niger?

    Well, BC didn't have its modern name at the time... I imagine it would have probably been named Vancouver, just to expound on the whole City/Island thing.

    BTW, I feel that this is a very appropriate song for this discussion:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29g57XTYgLE

    Anyway, if I hear American, I assume 'Resident of the United States of America'. My typical terminology:

    The US (Name), The States (Casual Reference), American (Adjective).
     
  19. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    People from Nigeria = Nigerians.
    People from Niger = Nigeriens.

    Like the Montreal Canadiens.
     
  20. Ansar

    Ansar Détente avec l'été

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    Oops... :blush:
     

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