Re: What's in a name?

Thomas W. Rimkus (trimkus@COMP.UARK.EDU)
Mon, 20 Feb 1995 12:49:01 -0600

On Mon, 20 Feb 1995, B.T. Votour wrote:

> Hi,
> 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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> === "Now I'll never be a teen model!"
> M.Brady
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Yea, but do you know the name of the Lt. Governor of the state of California?