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From: "M Keith Abel" <>
Subject: [ABERDEEN] USian
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 01:23:09 -0500
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Before the list mother (father?) calls a halt to this nonsense I thought I
should put my ore in the water.

I too have never heard of "USians". I thought your Spell Check put it
admirably and it inspired me to try "USian" out on Google.

Well now, Google first wanted to know if I meant Asian. It then followed
with the first 10 references to USian out of 16,700 !!
I sampled those first ten and came to the conclusion that the term was used
in a derogatory sense mostly. Some references were pretty subtly
derogatory, but derogatory nevertheless.

Most Interesting. What does it say about me and the others that said they
had never heard the term before if it is used mainly in a derogatory sense?

I was born in Winnipeg (Winnipegger), Manitoba (Manitoban) but legally I
was known, as were all citizens born in Canada at the time, as a "British
resident in Canada". I didn't become a "Canadian Citizen" until after the
second World War.

When traveling in Europe the thing that will rub a Canadian the wrong way
like no other, is to be mistaken for an American. (USian) There is no need
to worry about what Canadians and Mexicans think about the residents of the
United States referring to themselves as "Americans" they are perfectly
welcome to the term. Besides, shouldn't it be "United Statesian"?

M Keith Abel
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

----- Original Message -----
From: "Lorne&Judy" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 12:07 AM
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] National terminology (was "LDSfamilysearch.org~

>I too would like to know where that terminology came from. I have never
> heard that before, but friends, I have friends everywhere, as Canadians
> are
> well known for being a friendly lot. At this point I must add that we
> visited England and Scotland in 2005 for the Battle of Trafalgar
> celebrations. My husband's GGGGrandfather Christopher West was a
> midshipman
> on the Minotaur and found them very friendly. And, I must admit, I loved
> the
> Scottish people as they were so friendly, and funnily enough, they told
> us,
> that they loved our accent. One young girl at the hotel that we stayed at
> told us that "our accents were quite lovely"
> But, I will try that on some good friends of ours that we are meeting in
> North Carolina this summer and heading up to Disneyland with. They are
> originally from California but decided to move to North Carolina for the
> schooling for their children etc. Not my words, theirs.
> I am sure that they will certainly get a kick out of that "USians"
> expression. Now, how do you pronounce that? Oh, I must add also, that I
> always use Spell check for my e-mails, and when I did, it stated USians
> not
> in dictionary, but I did have a choice of Asians, Russians or Fusains.
> Ha!
> Ha!
> Judy

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Trena" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2008 7:31 PM
> Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] National terminology (was "LDSfamilysearch.org~
> terminalogy")

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