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Old 07-09-2005, 05:05 PM   #61
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Or rocky mountain oysters
Those seem to throw people off a bit.
What are those?
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Re: Re: Why does the U.S. call itself "America"?

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Why does "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" callitself "the UK, or "Britain" ?

Because it's shorter...
U.S. is shorter than "America"...

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As a matter of fact, many Latin Americans call U.S. citizens as "yankees"...

I know Southerners will not appreciate this but it does not matter where you are from. The "yanquis"...
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What are those?

Well considering there are no oysters in the rocky mountains.....
Cow testicles
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:26 PM   #65
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Well considering there are no oysters in the rocky mountains.....
Cow testicles
LOL! You weren't kidding.

That's vile. At least beaver tails they sell up in Ottawa are tasty! (Not really beaver tails...)
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:37 PM   #66
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I'm a Canadian. This came up years ago while I was backpacking in Europe. An American I met at a train station made the same observation about it being a bit "arrogant" to call herself American. I had honestly never thought about it, but at the time was rather touched by her consideration.
When talking about the country I say, "The States" and when talking about the people I say "Americans". It's never bothered me nor offended me. Seems normal and natural. Besides, we know we're part of North America....lol
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now Im curious about beaver tails
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now Im curious about beaver tails
It's kind of like a sweet pastry dough rolled into a shape of a beavertail and then fried. Comes with powdered sugar or cinnamon or other toppings.
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ohhhh , an elephant ear
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Theres a lot of different accents that we can have from here depending on region
So there really isnt an "american" accent
But there are similarities among American English accents across all regions (like certain vowell sounds and flapping, where "t" sounds like "d" before an unstressed syllable). To someone from outside the US and Canada, most North American English accents can sound the same. It's just like someone from one state can tell the difference between their local accent and an accent from another parts of the same state, but someone not from the area might not notice any difference between the two.
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Well considering there are no oysters in the rocky mountains.....
Cow testicles

Mr. BAW and I were at a steakhouse on vacation once and while we were waiting to be seated, we browsed through a gift shop they had upstairs. We saw a bin of "walking sticks" and after I picked one up, we noticed a sign saying they were made from bull's penis!

We looked around and realized we were in a dead cow/dead bull used parts shop...bull testicle knick knacks, cow blankets, etc.
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'mericans and their bull parts

I think you have a good point meegannie
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So there is no historic rationale... it seems. My sense is that foreigners call the U.S., "America" just to follow the U.S. example... I doubt that the term "America" could have been created overseas.."?
Actually, the term "America/Americas" was created overseas. During the Age of Exploration and after the land masses now known as North and South America were, at first refered to as The New World and later The Americas, long before 1776.

Just curious, Australia is a continent too. Do you consider it arrogant for them to call themselves Australians?
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*Reads the bit about cow testicles and beaver tails and that sort of thing*

*Looks warily at her food*
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sorry!
Im sure theres no animal parts in what youre eating...unless its Spam
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