Talk:US-ian

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(rare)[edit]

This is quite rare. A Google Books search only turned up three tokens in normal use, not counting metalinguistic comments that the term would be useful or has been proposed. Kwamikagami 10:56, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

(pejorative)[edit]

This should be marked as a pejorative term. Personally this term is disrespectful to the US. As we have America in our name, and been called Americans for 235 years. - Unsigned comment by 76.31.152.29, 13:20, 8 February 2012‎

As an American, I do not think "US-ian" is pejorative. While I don't and won't use it regularly in conversation, I think it is useful in cases where cultural sensitivity or national precision is useful. I personally think "U.S. American" is insulting for feeling the need to qualify "American" (and it also awkward since "United States of American" doesn't make sense, and removing "of" is dropping "of America" as part of the nation's name so "American" can be added to describe the continents). The emphasis, as far as I am aware, moved off of "America" onto "States" when we stopped being colonies and then onto "United" as the federal government grew. Dropping direct reference to America isn't a big deal to me. With all that opinion stated, this is a dictionary and it should reflect common and intended usage. The current citations are generally neutral on connotation. The two slightly negative citations (from R. Islam and M. Whitaker) needed to differentiate between our culture and other cultures of the two American continents, so I don't think they used it because it is pejorative. Also, pejorative terms are such because they are used with that connotation, not because they are perceived as such. (Meta: I'm fairly new here, so I'll let someone else sign the unsigned comment I'm responding to. If this is not constructive, feel free to explain so. Thanks) Short Kilo (talk) 07:25, 7 February 2013 (UTC)