Explaining Canada to Americans
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Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 09:15:52 MST Print View

Excellent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYoTJItSPt0

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 11:50:50 MST Print View

Excellent indeed.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 12:08:20 MST Print View

Everything I know about Canada I learned from Doug and Bob MacKenzie.

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 12:09:47 MST Print View

I know I'm a lone voice crying in the wilderness, but when I hear people say America, I wonder if they're talking about north or south? I know it's a habit, and has become a tradition to refer to the US as America, but America takes up 2 continents and includes many countries. I live in the US. I am a US citizen. Those are the words I use. The US is a small part of the Americas. If I say America, it's with a clarifier as to which continent or country. Canada is American, too. North.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 12:09:50 MST Print View

Me too Joe!

....and John Candy.

Kevin Kerstens
(kjkerstens) - MLife

Locale: BC Canada
Too Funny on 02/23/2010 12:11:57 MST Print View

Joe,

That is too funny, it would be even funnier if it didn't hit so close to home.

Kevin

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
reply to Kevin on 02/23/2010 12:15:32 MST Print View

"That is too funny, it would be even funnier if it didn't hit so close to home."

I believe the correct phrase is this: "It would be even funnier if it didn't hit so close to home, eh?"

--B.G.--

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
America, Americans on 02/23/2010 12:24:31 MST Print View

Kathleen:

It isn't geographically (or even politically) correct, but the conventional usage equates 'America' with USA. After all, we call ourselves Americans -- while our neighbors call themselves Canadians or Mexicans or Chileans, etc.

Like it or hate it, it has long become standard, customary, and clear cut. Heck, methinks foreigners call our country AMERICA more than we ourselves do. In my travels, when people ask me where I am from, I usually say "US". And they usually respond with, "ah, AMERICA"!

Edited by ben2world on 02/23/2010 12:28:14 MST.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 12:42:08 MST Print View

"I believe the correct phrase is this: "It would be even funnier if it didn't hit so close to home, eh?"
Hilarious.

With respec to "Americas" - no, Canadians do not think of themselves as part of the Americas. We are too good for that.

(Eh)

Kathleen B
(rosierabbit) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
America, Americans on 02/23/2010 12:42:08 MST Print View

Yeah, I know. But it still bugs me! I think it's rather a pompous habit we've gotten ourselves into.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: America, Americans on 02/23/2010 12:48:07 MST Print View

Pompous, maybe, maybe not.

But my guess is that we got away with it because we were likely the first to apply that term to ourselves. Going back to the 1770's, we were agitating for independence and had to come up with a new name to call ourselves -- British just wouldn't do anymore. And back then, folks living north and south of our borders were still calling themselves British, Spanish or Portuguese.

Edited by ben2world on 02/23/2010 12:49:39 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: America, Americans on 02/23/2010 12:52:50 MST Print View

The "New World" was donned "America" by a German geographer in honor of Amerigo Vespucci.

Or, according to this account: "the newly-discovered lands were named after an anglicised Welshman named Richard Amerike."

In any case, to the native peoples of these two continents, the term "america" hadn't existed until it was given by a European. Not terribly pompous on our part I'd say. "Our" meaning present day "us," not the historical "us." I'm not going to argue the points of the colonization of these two continents.

Edited by T.L. on 02/23/2010 13:06:56 MST.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Re: Re: America, Americans on 02/23/2010 12:58:00 MST Print View

But was it donned on just the USA or on two entire continents? Kathleen's contention is that we of the USA shouldn't have hogged the term just for ourselves.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Re: Re: America, Americans on 02/23/2010 12:58:38 MST Print View

Ya, I edited that.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: America, Americans on 02/23/2010 13:08:50 MST Print View

Probably because we're the only ones who have America as part of our country name.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Americans on 02/23/2010 13:10:08 MST Print View

I'll just call you friends.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 13:49:57 MST Print View

"With respect to "Americas" - no, Canadians do not think of themselves as part of the Americas. We are too good for that."

+1. And I'm not even Canadian!

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Canada on 02/23/2010 14:17:05 MST Print View

At least you all have the good sense to drive on the right. Unlike, say, Australia. I'm not sure what kind of a Fisher-Price country THOSE guys are running.

:o)

Seriously, though, I am forced to admit that all of my best travel experiences were in Canada- and not just because we share many common cultural referents. Someday I'll get to Australia and New Zealand, and maybe that'll change. And in a lot of ways I'm trying to figure out how we Americans, alone among the ex-British colonies, somehow went wrong on the population thing. I mean, Canada has all of 33 million inhabitants, and Australia- an entire continent- has 22 million. And then here we are, cramming 308 millions into one little country. There's something basically awry with the way we are slowly become more and more European, compared to you guys, who are retaining your more intimate 'frontier' character a bit more gracefully.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Explaining Canada to Americans on 02/23/2010 14:24:10 MST Print View

We have to be friends with Canada.
We invaded them twice.
They beat the begebbers out of us twice.

Lesson learned; we'll just out-breed them!


:D

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Little Country? on 02/23/2010 14:59:22 MST Print View

Dean:

I think you're the first to refer to the US as a "little country".