From: Wade T.Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat 23 Nov 2002 - 01:50:07 GMT
On Friday, November 22, 2002, at 07:08 , email@example.com wrote:
> I once knew a gay fellow who stoutly maintained that he was a
> Uranian. When asked what that meant, he would smile sweetly and
> reply, "It means that I come from ur anus."
'From', or 'in'?
Anyway, here's another source-
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The word Usian is one of the many attempts to create an
adjective--specifically, a demonym--for United States nationals, as an
unambiguous alternative to "American", which is the term usually used.
Mentions of the word, and proposals to use it (or close variants), have
been around at least since the first half of the 20th century. The usage
of "Usian" is not common.
Use of the word has been practiced and advocated to distinguish U.S.
nationals from people living in other countries in the Americas. The
concern that motivates use of the word is that, since "America" is part
of the names of both North America and South America, it follows that
"American" means, or ought to be understood to mean, "inhabitant of the Americas".
Other words that have been suggested for the same purpose are Columbian,
Columbard, Fredonian, Frede, Unisian, United Statesian, Colonican,
Appalacian, Usian, Washingtonian, Usonian (among whose users was Frank
Lloyd Wright), Uessian, U-S-ian, and Uesican (in approximately
historical order from 1789 to 1939, according to Merriam Webster's
Dictionary of English Usage).
Other examples observed in the field:
It should be noted that several of these terms have direct parallels in
languages other than English:
• "United Statesian" directly parallels Spanish estadounidense.
• "Usonian" made its way into Esperanto as usona.
• "Usanian" clearly derived from the Ido word 'Usana'.
See also: Cultural imperialism, Ethnocentrism
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