Quote from: Riva on Dec 27, 2013, 11:35 amWould 'Yankee' offend?Depends on who you direct it at. Yankee generally refers to people in the northeasern US,...
Would 'Yankee' offend?
...people from the south tend to take offense.
QuoteOh, but it is...https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2110.html#usMore CIA misinformation
Oh, but it is...https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2110.html#us
Quote from: wizdum on Dec 27, 2013, 06:23 pmQuote from: Riva on Dec 27, 2013, 11:35 amWould 'Yankee' offend?Depends on who you direct it at. Yankee generally refers to people in the northeasern US,...Haven't spent much time in the Upper Midwest, eh?Quote...people from the south tend to take offense.Shortly after moving to Houston I stopped at a grocery store to buy a Mountain Dew. Unable to locate the cooler, I walked to an employee who was stocking a freezer. I politely asked, "Excuse me ma'am. Would you mind telling me where the pop is?" She turned slowly, glared into my eyes, then announced to everyone within earshot, "Y'all sound like a bunch uh damned Yankees! The Cokes is over dere."Folks south of the Mason-Dixon line, west to Texas, will most certainly take offense at being labeled "Yankee". A few will actually take so much offense as to resort to violence.
and "American" might refer to someone from South America (or Mexico).
Plus people from Hawaii are hardly "American".
We, in Italy, usually use the therm "Americani" (Americans) to mean "citizens of USA".A more correct therm is "Statunitensi", a neologism made by the union of the words "Stati" (states) and "Uniti" (united), that means citizen of United Stated (of America).
I usually go with the Aussie title "Seppo"No I don't, just kidding.....But I do often remind USA citizens that America is two continents. Also, as we saw above wrt to Mexico, the USA isn't even the only "United States" on the planet!My current favourite- or perhaps given the context of this thread, favorite- is "Merkin"
Why does it matter?
Do you get mad at people from the UK when they call themselves "European"?