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What does "American" typically refer to?

  1. Someone from the country of the United States of America

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  2. Someone from anywhere in North or South America

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  1. 5stringJeff
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    There's a certain admin i know; I'll call him "Deren." (not his real name) He seems to think that the word "American" applies equally to both people in/from the United States of America and people in/from the continents of North America and South America. In other words, someone from Ohio is just as "American" as someone from, say, Peru or Alberta.

    What say you?
     
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    I'd say he should look into being a lawyer.
     
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    From Dictionary.com

    2 entries found for American.
    A·mer·i·can Audio pronunciation of "American" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-mr-kn)

    adj.

    1. Of or relating to the United States of America or its people, language, or culture.
    2. Of or relating to North or South America, the West Indies, or the Western Hemisphere.
    3. Of or relating to any of the Native American peoples.
    4. Indigenous to North or South America. Used of plants and animals.

    n.

    1. A native or inhabitant of America.
    2. A citizen of the United States.
    3. American English.

    Seems it can be used both ways.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=American
     
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    I'm unsure why using words correctly-if-uncommon bother you, un-named guy I'll call 'Jeph'.

    :)
     
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    The word 'Typically' Skews your poll results. ;)

    'typical' use was never in question. Whether or not it's 'legal' or 'right' to use 'American' in other contexts was the question.

    I have sources, shown again by Don, which indicate my positions is correct. You have 'well....MOST PEOPLE say...'
     
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    No YOU'RE OUT OF ORDER!
     
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    Just curious, is the judge in that pic male or female?
     
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    My point (which is already being proven, 4-0) is that when you use the word "American," people automatically think of someone from the USA, not someone from the Western Hemisphere. Because there is a nationality called "American," that is the most common usage, by far, of the word. Your attempts to use the word in its broader sense, no matter how technically correct it may be, will eventually lead only to confusion.

    And, if you want further proof, ask Said1 if she considers herself to be an American.
     
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    That's not your point. Your point was 'Mexians are NOT Americans.' If your point was to debate common usage this thread would be pointless because I've conceded the 'common usage' definition. I've not conceded "American" is technically inaccurate when describing "Mexicans".

    Based on Mr. Webster 'American' MAY be technically accurate when describing someone/thing from Peru. Or Greenland.
     
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    gay ( P ) Pronunciation Key (g)
    adj. gay·er, gay·est
    Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.
    Showing or characterized by cheerfulness and lighthearted excitement; merry.
    Bright or lively, especially in color: a gay, sunny room.
    Given to social pleasures.
    Dissolute; licentious.



    So, if you are really happy about something, it's okay if someone says, "Man! I don't think I've ever seen him that gay! That is the gayest man I've ever seen!"

    And that's acceptable. Right?
     

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