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I wish the United States of America had a different name because ...

trying to describe my nationality in Spanish is either politically charged or slightly annoying.

I don't like calling myself a norteamericano because I feel like it's not totally precise because it includes Canada.

I don't like calling myself an americano because that produces a "me too!" response.

I don't like calling myself a yanqui because that's like calling myself a ****** ... something I only do when I am talking with other ******s!

And I don't like calling myself an estadounidense because it sounds contrived and I never hear any native speakers of Spanish saying that.

I wish the USA had a different name, that we were called United Statesians, or something else. Damn you, Continental Congress!
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Re: I wish the United States of America had a different name because ...

Is your nationality Spanish or is your ancestry Spanish?

Sounds like you have the two confused.

Nationality = Citizenship

Ancestry = Where your family originally came from

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Re: I wish the United States of America had a different name because ...

My nationality is American. My ancestry is German, French and Swedish.

I am trying to say that I don't like any of the options given to me when I say "I am American" in Spanish. Each of the options presented annoys me slightly. I just say "Soy de EE.UU." instead, but I wish my country had a different name just to make things easier.

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Re: I wish the United States of America had a different name because ...

I was the Bombshell from Brooklyn, so it was easy for me to describe myself!

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I was the Bombshell from Brooklyn, so it was easy for me to describe myself!
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I guess I could call myself the walking VD from the OC.
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Re: I wish the United States of America had a different name because ...

...it should be called Funky Town.












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Re: I wish the United States of America had a different name because ...

To me it represents states' rights. Merely annoying re. needing to get a new drivers license and car registration if one moves what may be a short distance. More significant re. the sad history of states' rights in oppressing the former slaves and their descendants for another century after the end of the Civil War.

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