What's in a name?

B.T. Votour (u8712942@MUSS.CIS.MCMASTER.CA)
Mon, 20 Feb 1995 07:48:05 -0500

I've been reading the postings on the use of "American", and thought
it would be a good time to jump into the debate.
Bret Diamond wrote (Sun.Feb. 19)
>From Montreal a Montrealian?<
NO, from Montreal a Quebecois,
from P.E.I an Islander, from B.C. a British Columbian, and so on. This is
generally coupled with "Canadian" except in Quebec where there is more of
a feeling that one is Quebecois first, Canadian second. I do not have a
problem with our neighbors to the south using the term "American" to
describe their origin. I do recall the Texan I met in a Hamilton pub who
said to me "I was in Quebec doing business and let me tell you, if they
want to make it, they better talk American like the rest of us!" (I think
he meant "English"!). This is part of the problem that those of us in
other countries have with the U.S.. There seems to be an attitude that
there is nothing else in the world outside of the U.S. of A.. I would
wager my last doughnut (we Canadians love them doughnuts) that a survey of
Canadians and Americans (U.S. Citizens, if you prefer) would reveal that
most Canadians know the name of the U.S. Vice-President, whereas most
Americans would not know the name of Canada's Deputy Prime Minister.


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