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originally posted by: CranialSponge
a reply to: enament
Since I'm a citizen of the country named "Canada", I'll continue to refer to myself as a "Canadian"... for clarity's sake.
Life is far less stressful and complicated when one keeps things simple and straightforward.
But if you want to call yourself "American" or "North American", then by all means that's your prerogative. It is, afterall, technically correct.
However... out of polite consideration for other peoples' sense of clarity and understanding, I imagine this will be the type of conversation you're going to have to have on a daily basis:
Sally Sue: "Oh hi, nice to meet you. Where are you from ?"
You: "Well, I'm an American."
Sally Sue: "Oh, how nice. Where in the United States do you live ?"
You: "Oh no no. I don't live in the United States. I live in Canada. But I call myself an American because I live in North America. Because, you know, Canada is in North America."
Sally Sue: "Ah, I see. So you're actually Canadian then ?"
You: "Well yes, I guess, sort of. But technically speaking I'm actually Canadian American because I live in North America AND Canada. But I just shorten it and say 'American'. It just makes it easier that way."
Sally Sue: "Oh... um... yeah... okay."
Sorry in advance to those who are offended by me clarifying that.
In actuality doesn't it make it easy for the US to lay claim on the continent as a whole, since they have declared themselves as a Continent.
It only sounds normal with years of conditioning to think that way.
I agree with you, but my statements are about current cultural situations and not about the dreams of what we truly wish society would become.
I often look at animals and think no one tells them what to do, wild animals have a freedom I wish I could have, with the exception of when man unkind exploits them.
99% would do a WTF I highly doubt that though.
Could a Mexican declare himself as American? I feel discriminated against can I join the club?