What do we call you Americans?.

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What do we call you Americans?.

Post by googe » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:16 pm

I've always had trouble with what to call you Americans, being a Aussie, we call all Americans, yanks, just how it is. But it may offend some, as I've learnt :lolno: . So, would Americans be better, or is yanks ok?. If someone asked you, what would you like to be called as a countryman. Like, in aus, there's different states, but we're just called Aussies.
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Desvio » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:59 pm

Wankers.......


Okay seriously. In my neck of the woods you are an Oregonian (or more specifically a Portlander), and the wife is a New Yorker. Lot of people go by the name of their town, area or region.
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Post by Truckinbutch » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:06 pm

Members here are good ole boys . The rest are dickheads .
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Post by pythonshine » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:28 pm

As a Canadian who spent 8 years in S.C. I agree with Truck. But something is to be said about southern harassment, I mean hospitalization, DAGUMIT! I mean hospitality!

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Post by FreeMountainHermit » Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:36 pm

Don't call me late for dinner.
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Swedish Pride » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:28 am

is yanks offensive?
actually where does that come from, always used it never thought of its orign..
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:42 am

If my goldfish memory serves me it began during the civil war, a term used to describe those north of the Mason Dixon line, or those who opposed the confederation.

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Swedish Pride » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:45 am

So is it only offensive to folks on the south side?
and what did they call the folks south of it?
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:56 am

well it was offensive to the north...still is. Goes double in the south. then again the meaning still held by a few is antique to most. The names for the south don't come to mind at the moment.... a bunch of the Confederate history is a bit grey, as it was defeated and all...

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Post by likkerluvver » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:38 am

There are 55 countries in "The Americas"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_c ... population" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
They include:
USA, Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Canada, Peru, Venezuela, Chile etc.
All of these countries are American.
America is a continent, usually sub-divided into North America, Central America, and South America.
There is NO such country as America.
The USA is NOT the whole continent. It is just one part of the continent.


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Post by likkerluvver » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:41 am

... And, not the largest !!! LoL !!!


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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:45 am

I'm sure you understand we are just commenting on the common name for the peoples of the united States and me no disrespect to the other "Americans".

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by googe » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:56 am

Thanks for the info fellas. So Americans could suffice?.
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:56 am

That seems to be the going term.

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Yummyrum » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:11 am

Googe I can understand your question well as I referred to Americans as Yanks the otherday while talking to a Kiwi. ...Its just what skippys do ...like calling the english Poms.
There is no bad intend intended....terms of indearment I believe.....but it did cross my mind after posting that perhaps It may have cause offense to some . :oops:

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by googe » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:14 am

As long as we say y"all first, we'll be right yummy hehe.
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:17 am

Yummyrum I would not lose to much sleep over it, most of us are thick skined on this forum. I'm sure if offence was taken you would know about it. Till then Y'all keep on keepin 8)

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Nutmegmooner » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:47 am

At least in New England "yank" isn't felt to be derogatory! Some are proud of it.

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Post by bentstick » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:56 am

Yanks is fine here no offense taken,and South of Mason Dixon line where Rebels/Rebs,as stated all from the civil war era,but hell googe ya know even been called seppos from some of ya roo wranglers,its all in fun and And I myself take no offense to them some may but,some also get offended just trying to have a conversation :thumbup: Cheers mate!
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by frunobulax » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:59 am

Yank is not offensive to me at all, especially when coupled with that "down under" accent (is that offensive)?
Alot of people in the US take offense to EVERYTHING. I call them, assholes.

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by thecroweater » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:12 am

Yep term is Yanks or Sepos here for ppl from the USA, never ever, ever ever ever call a Canuk a Yank man they will knock ya arse to the ground. Here we got Croweaters for SA, sand gropes for WA, Banana benders for Qld, cockroaches for NSW, Mexicans for Vic,Territorians for NT and Taswegians for Taz (Canberrians would Polly sues ya if ya nicknamed em wankers)
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by googe » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:16 am

Forgot about seppos bent!, think I like that the best :lol: . We are down under fruno :D . Well said crow lol.
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:24 am

I would indeed be pissed if ya called me a yank! I am fine with canuk though.

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Post by xcvator » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:28 am

Roo wrangler :D :D :D :D :D :D :D luv it, never heard that before, but I luv it :clap: :clap:

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by bentstick » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:29 am

Just cause ya think your above us python!!!! :eh: :D about 60 south of the SOO eh
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Grey_Meadow » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:35 am

googe,

That is a very interesting question and at first I wasn't sure of the answer. After a little research on my favorite source (the internet, if it wasn't true they wouldn't print it...)

It appears the "Yankee" (or "Yank") was a termed coined by the British for Colonist circa the American Revolution and since has been a term use by foreigners (at least foreign to us...) to generically refer to peoples of the USA. During the American Civil War the majority of the Southern States formed a Confederacy and therefore to differentiate themselves from the "DAMN Yankees" :D referred to themselves as Confederates. Since the Confederates did not win the Civil War (I will not admit to losing anything :shock: ) the members of the Northern States got to write the history...

Since that time I think it has been common for non-USA peoples to generically refer to USA peoples as "Yanks"

Now to answer your question. I was born and raised in the Southern USA and I would classify myself as a "Southerner". The determination of whether or not a term is offensive depends on the who is using the term, the context of the communication. A USA person talking to another USA person could have a complete different connotation than a non-USA person's use of the term.

In short, I don't care; I'd rather you (as an Aussie) call me a Yank than American especially on this Board as we are all friends and family (otherwise we wouldn't get so bitchy with each other)
and this missive has been way to PC.

I agree with some of the previous comments, "Don't call me late for dinner" and is anyone finds "Yank" offensive....F 'em

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:35 am

Lol no no. I hate everyone equal! :twisted:

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by pythonshine » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:45 am

Thank you for the comprehensive explanation Grey, much appreciated!

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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by googe » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:46 am

Well said grey :thumbup:
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Re: What do we call you Americans?.

Post by Windy City » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:54 am

The reason why much of the world calls us yanks is due to how much of the world met Americans in years past and that would be war. The song "Over There" by George M Cohan written 1917 for World War I and very popular in World War II chorus is "the yanks are coming"
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