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Re: OT Caution!! IRA funding (was: English word order and bumper stickers

From:J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 22:12
On Wed, 15 Sep 2004 14:43:50 -0400, Roger Mills <rfmilly@...> wrote:

>Admittedly a sensitive topic.... > >Adrian wrote: > >>The word "America", in >> this context, was almost universally taken by Americans to mean "the >> American government", whereas it was almost universally taken by >> non-Americans to mean "the American populace". >> >Well, as you see, I fall into the first category; I'm truly surprised at the >second-- everything one hears, even from the Arab world nowadays, certainly >suggests to me that non-Americans are quite capable of distinguishing the >two, indeed eager to do so.
As far as my experience reaches (little parts of Switzerland), many if not most won't distinguish between American government and American people, just as they won't distinguish between Israeli government and Israeli people etc., and even among educated people. The only reason why I dare to think that I'm a little better than this is that I have close contact to people who have suffered a lot from such indiscrimination: US-Americans and Germans. Personally, I try not to use the words America(n) except for referring to the continent as a whole, even though this is unusual. It's strange how names of countries are formed. Sometimes, the place name adopted for the country may have been used for the whole area of that country (Australia), sometimes only for a part (England, Holland). However, it seems very strange to me that the name of a continent has become the name of a single country. gry@s: j. 'mach' wust


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>CHAT National toponyms (was: OT Caution!! IRA funding)