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  •  Yeah, definitely, I think (1+ / 0-)
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    Marko the Werelynx

    others did take a cue from us.

    But I wonder when it was exactly that Latin Americans first started complaining about it and when they first thought we somehow did it on purpose. After all, now they are strangely furious about it, even though they have no clue that other languages--and thanks for your Japanese reference--do the same. Seriously, I've heard and read VERY educated Latin Americans who think that only in the English language does "America" refer to the US.

    As for travels: My favorite place in the entire world is Oaxaca, Mexico... Ay... If you can, try to check it out. But still, you are lucky to be in the Czeck Republic right now, unlike me in the crappy Red State of Indiana!!

    As for 1989, ay, yes, I was in Europe at the time as well. And no doubt that you had more fun with your new mexicana friend than Mitt ever did.

    Saludos!

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    by Anak on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 12:12:19 AM PDT

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    •  Crappy Red State (1+ / 0-)
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      Hey, I've got some of my favorite relatives in the Indianapolis area. It's not all bad...

      Bit surprised to hear that some people are making a fuss about the "American" label. We kind of painted ourselves into a corner by choosing to declare ourselves "The United States of America"-- I just might start telling people "I'm a United States American". A bit of a mouthful but I'm not too lazy to make an effort to further world peace.

      A thought: perhaps if people from the Soviet Union were "Soviets" we could be "Uniteds". Just a thought...

      Oaxaca, ooo! Just the sound of it! I would love to visit Mexico someday. Oaxaca is an amazing region. Mountains, jungle, gorgeous coastline... I took Spanish in high school thinking I'd be living my life in the western hemisphere. Now the French and German classes are looking, in hindsight, pretty useful. Funny thing that, just after I graduated, my high school began offering classes in Japanese and Russian too. I would have gotten more use out of both of them than my Spanish. Even when I was traveling with a German friend in Spain (well, Barcelona really) his German was occasionally more welcome than my Spanish. Now I've forgotten most of it anyway.

      So you and I were in Europe around the same time eh? Were you the one that...? Oh nevermind.

      Heh, I don't think Mitt probably ever met my mexicana friend. She may still be out there somewhere. But I shouldn't forget that 1989 was indeed a very good year. Met my favorite female in Prague that year...

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        Anak, Marko the Werelynx

        because Barcelona is in Catalonia whereas your Spanish would have been either Castillian or Mexican, both very different from Catalan. For example, the common usage for "cheese" in Barcelona is "fromagha".

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        by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 05:03:06 AM PDT

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        •  Thus (1+ / 0-)
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          Anak

          my reasoning for my parenthetical aside separating Barcelona from Spain. Just pandering to the Catalan separatists.

          The real reason was not that folks in Barcelona didn't understand my Spanish; it's because the owner of the tiny hotel we stayed in was used to dealing with German tourists and his German was better than my Spanish. Nobody ever gave me grief for sounding like I was from Mexico.

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