Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jan 21 00:47:42 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com> wrote:
> I've heard ABC for American-Born Chinese since the 80s and even heard
> ABJ (Japanese) once of twice. Today, the Seattle Times had an article
> about ABKs, Kenyans.
> I wonder if there is any limitation on this and what do you do with
> multiple countries starting with the same letter? BB

For South Asians, there's ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi. Wikipedia
supplies some longer alphabetic variations, such as ABCDEFGHIJ:
"American Born Confused Desi, Emigrated From Gujarat, House In


--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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