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THEORY: Spanish was Re: THEORY: Storage Vs. Computation

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Saturday, June 19, 1999, 2:03
Well, Carlos, to put it mildly: to some US Americans, you are.  Although
the usual terms (around here, anyway) are Latino and Hispanic (or
sometimes even Latin American) (yes -- even to refer to actual
Spaniards!), the term "Spanish" does sometimes crop up to mean any Spanish
speaking person.

"Spaniard" is used exclusively for, well, Spanish folks from Sunny Spain.
As opposed to Spanish folks from everywhere else. :)

It ought to be noted that this odd phenomenon only seems to apply to
"nonhispanic English monoglots having no contacts with Hispanics".
Spanish speakers tend to use latino to descibe themselves generally, and
Colombiano / Venezolano / Guatemalteco / etc. to describe themselves
particularly.  In my experience, none have used the term espannol in this
generic way; reserving that word for European Spaniards.


On Fri, 18 Jun 1999, Carlos Thompson wrote:

> Irina wrote: > [...] > > Probably not smart, but usual; cf. "English", "Dutch", "Spanish", > > "Valdyan". > > hm? Spanish? Who are the Spanish? I know the Spaniards around there and we > Colombians, Argentinans, Mexicans, etc. at this side of the pond... > > -- Carlos >