Re: Soon to be no American in the top 20?
I've never seen/heard someone from North-Central America or South America refer to themselves as American. I've only seen people nitpick over that when they're being wiseasses, or trolling as you said. Probably could have ignored it, everyone else did.
At the end of the quote, you're telling me that Canada, U.S., and Mexico are part of North America. Really? I did not know that.
I can only speak for my country (Argentina). Here is very common to think about ourselves as "americans" (part of the american continent) and in the spanish speaking countries at least in South America we call the US americans "estadounidenses" which means something like "(people) from the US" because americans means only "born in the american continent".
By the way, it is very well known that you, the US people call yourselves americans, so in english we call you just like that. In fact, as far a is know, there is no proper gentilic (like eg. argentinian, german, canadian, mexican) for the US people in english apart from american.
This is a very interesting thing. The frenchies invented the word "Latin America" to divide the continent in two parts, the anglo-saxon part, and the spanish-portuguese ("Latin") part. But this is a thing from the nineteen century. Before that, the entire continent was known as America. If you look at the national characters from all of the american countries, just like Washington, Jefferson, Bolívar, San Martín, Artigas, etc., you will see that all of them were thinking of an entire united republic for all the american continent, from the north to the extreme south.
Yes, our continent is geographically divided in 3 parts, North-America, Centre-America and South-America and in the North there are only 3 countries, México, the Us and Canada (plus Alaska, part of the US).
PS: Sorry for my english, It´s very bad when I have to write more than two or three sentences.
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