Larry Sheldon LarrySheldon at COX.NET
Sat Mar 17 22:03:49 UTC 2012

On 3/17/2012 4:47 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> Since we're talking about English here, the answer is the seventeenth
> century.  And generally speaking, normal people around the world have no
> problem with it. It's called "convention."
> A better question would be, "When did 'USAian' comes to mean 'American'?"

I thought I invented it several years ago--I don't remember seeing it.
That is interesting.

> especially since the usual one-up, ultra-PC term is "USer," pronounced
> "You-Esser."  What an advance *that* is!

That is the first time I've seen that.  I need to get out more.

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