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2011/2/10 Miles Bader <>
Javier Guerra Giraldez <> writes:
>> As "American" means "Citizen of the U.S.A." they are the same.
> a lot of non-USian-americans find that offensive

Perhaps so, but their numbers are almost certainly _vastly_ exceeded by
the number of people (not just in the U.S., but all over the world) who
use the term as given above -- and of course language is defined by
usage, not political correctness within certain narrow segments of

If you want to argue to the original poster that what he said is
_offensive_, feel free to do so (though he'll probably just ignore you),
but his usage was not incorrect.


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a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however,
is a most useful work.

So, since there are _much_ more Chinese people than US citizens, would that mean that the proper term is the one they use?

Łukasz Gruner