I have to be somewhat defensive of the U.S., because that's where I keep all my stuff. (I modified a quote from "The Tick" if you were thinking that was gibberish.)
it's intended as a negative rub. For me,as someone currently living in the US, I've started using it now that I have made up my mind, and should be out of this country for good in early June.
I can see wanting to leave for somewhere better, but it's a bit childish to blame a whole country for problems. The government has plenty of problems, big business has plenty of problems, etc. But, the U.S. is still much better than some other places. I won't go into details because that's a matter of preference, but the U.S. is not completely hopeless yet, it just has some pretty big problems that need fixing.
Additionally, the shortening of american to 'merkin should be obvious (www.m-w.com to find out what a merkin is).
Actually, I first heard that on one of those shows of Gallagher(sp?) when he was doing the stupid stuff he does before smashing fruit with a mallet. That one has been around for a while I think.
or calling the current president "dubya", this is intended to point out bushes "dumb good ole boy" aspects.
I don't really like that. It's not that I like Bush, it's that I have always just had a certain amount of respect. It's juvenile just like calling someone Barry-wary or Silly-Billy. I am perfectly ok with saying that Bush doesn't have a grasp of the English language, or that he is pissing everyone in the world off, or whatever, but to resort to name-calling without saying what's wrong with him I just don't like I guess.
the term USian,
it's much shorter to type than american. It's similar to the common shorthand for xtian instead of christian.
Granted I don't take this to it's extreme (WhaLevelRU?) of shortening everything to the level where most
people can comprehend the writing with effort, but some contractions are common place enough that they
are increasingly accepted (even most newspapers use thru instead of through).
I think Christians are offended by xtian, so I'm not sure I like either as an excuse to belittle or misname a group. In any case, I type fast enough that I don't need to abbreviate things so I won't really make a judgement on that. As far as newspapers using the word "thru" instead of "through", that just proves how full of shit they are, which will show through since they are too lazy to report correct information as it is.
or any of the other ignorant things people seem to use
Hmmmm, you begin with "I don't understand ..." and then finish by calling the things you don't understand
"ignorant" ?! that's too funny. It would have made more sense for you to call the things you don't
understand, than stupid (while looking up what a merkin is look up the differences between stupid and
I don't think I was clear enough. What I didn't understand was why do people use these terms when they are incorrect. It's not that I don't understand how USian can be short for American, or that people from North and South America get offended sometimes, but I don't see the point in trying to piss off people that are normally called Americans. I also think these terms originate with ignorant people that only know the U.S. from what they see on TV rather than anything realistic to judge the country by. Also, it's a big country that I have lived all over. Different regions here are as different as France and Sweden, only the language is the same in most cases. I have lived in both the city and on a farm and many places in the middle, and it's like night and day. This is one reason that Bush got elected (I don't want to argue about if it was fairly or not, I don't know really), because he seemed to be better able to do what the rural people wanted. Gore seemed to be better suited for people that live in urban areas. Of course, I felt neither was good enough for me so I would have voted Libertarian had I been allowed to vote. The point is that there is a lot of room for change without leaving the country, although the federal government is too big and has overstepped it's bounds and kept growing.
ignorant things people seem to use to act like they are some great intellectuals around here.
And how could you mix up anti-american sentiment with trying to sound like an intellectual?
Anti-American sentiment is in fashion, especially in many European countries. It's just like people in the U.S. are doing about the Chinese now. I don't think the majority of Chinese people are bad just because their government sucks, nor do I think their government is as bad as our government and the media makes it out to be. That's not to say that I am against the sweatshops, murdering innocents, and other attrocities that they do, but just that they don't affect the majority of the people or else there would be an uprising. Plus, I've never been to China, and I haven't seen how things are except on TV. With that limited amount of knowledge, I can't condemn the whole country because of my ignorance. I wish people would stop doing that about the U.S. too.
Are you trying to troll, not capable of comprehending people not liking the country of ignorance and disappearing freedoms, or ... ?
Yes, I am trolling. I am John Saul Montoya's 'merkin cousin. And yes, the government is stealing freedoms, and a lot of people are ignorant due to their public bullshit education and lack of motivation. It is still no reason to condemn the entire country. A lot of good things came from the U.S., and there are a lot of good people here now. Of course some people suck here, but that's no reason to ridicule all of us. There's a big difference between the statement, "African-Americans have a higher incarceration rate than European-Americans" and, "Them damn niggers is always in jail." I agree with some of what you say, just not how you present it. And, I may end up leaving the country myself to go to Mexico. If that's not a land that the people have stereotyped out of ignorance I don't know what is.
Out of curiousity, what country are you going to?
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