Javier Guerra Giraldez <email@example.com> writes:Perhaps so, but their numbers are almost certainly _vastly_ exceeded by
>> As "American" means "Citizen of the U.S.A." they are the same.
> a lot of non-USian-americans find that offensive
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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