Two perennial arguments reared their ugly heads on OCICBW... yesterday. Firstly, the Mexicans are still trying to move their country out of Central America and into North America. There's nothing I can do about this other than to continue to speak very slowly and loudly to them and hope they eventually comprenda.
The second disagreement we may be able to do something about. Pretty much every time I use the term "American" to describe people from America somebody emails in to tell me that I should use the phrase United Statesonianites, or whatever, because people from Venezuela think they are yanks as well. This is a ridiculous situation that needs to be sorted out.
Obviously we can't start calling Americans, "United Statesonianites." Germans might be able to cope with such long words but not the English. Our time is precious. Also, Americans themselves seem intent on calling themselves Americans and I can't see them changing as they are a people who despise change of any sort. For a start, I don't think their prime minister, George W, Bush is ever going to start introducing his little pep talks with "My fella United Statesurkans." So, we need to think laterally and I propose coming up with a new name for everybody who lives in the new colonies who is not the real McCoy.
For example, I quite like the phrase, "free Americans," or "evolved Americans" maybe. But what do you think? I'm sure together we can come up with something acceptable to everybody, especially the English who, as they discovered the Americas in the first place, should really have the last word on the mater.