San Fran Sam wrote:
Who could ever forget the three
Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita.
All seven of them.
OK, so you have Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, Joe, and Curly Joe. Did you mean to also list Emil
as a seventh?
Pfhorrest wrote:"North American" covers all of those (including Americans), and they've each got a specific demonym if you want to specify them specifically. The question is what is the USA-specific demonym?
there's no more natural demonym for people from the United States of America than "American".
Regarding "American", and all that, can't we just accept that "American" can refer to both the population of the entire two continents, and also - under different circumstances - citizens (or possibly residents) of the United States (including Hawaii)? And that this is because the word "American" is a ...
okay, I don't know the name for this word, but it definitely seems like it should already have a name. The opposite of metonym
. As in, the term for an object or group of objects (or people or group of peoples) being appropriated by its most prominent part. Another example would be, how in the U.S., "Asian" (referring to people, or cuisine) usually means people (or food) from China, Korea, or Japan. (And also, to a slightly lesser extent, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, but they're usually "Southeast Asian".) Not India, not Vladivostok, and definitely
not Afghanistan, Turkey, Israel, or Yemen. Yes, "East Asian" is more precisely what is meant, but "Asian" implies it.
I hear velociraptor tastes like chicken.