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29th-Apr-2009 01:53 pm [culture references, language, us vs. uk]
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 Just a random difference I (an American) noticed while living in London -- Londoners seemed to call my country 'the States'.  Everyone I worked closely with (all born & bred Londoners, plus one from Surrey) referred to it as 'the States'.  Then I heard some Sheffield-area English people call it 'America'.  I don't recall what any Scots I ran across called it, probably the States as well.  One Welsh man I met (very nice to walk me to my destination when I was lost) referred to it as 'the States'.  When I jumped across the way to Ireland, they all (north to south) referred to it as 'America' (and in such a pleasant way, as if they liked it a whole lot).  Most Canadians I've met say 'the States'.  I'm not sure about our southern neighbors.  

So here is my question to you:  Where are you from (specifically, what part of your country) and what do you call that big country placed between Canada and Mexico?

I am from Colorado, and maybe it is just a western state thing, but I've always called it 'the U.S.'  
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29th-Apr-2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I found I picked up "the states" somewhat myself after living in the UK for a bit, though some of my future inlaws (who are from the north, mostly) call it America.

I'm from PA.
29th-Apr-2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
ditto (from CA)
29th-Apr-2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm a New Englander, and I'm pretty sure my default is "America," though occasionally "the US." But then when I was in London, saying "America" felt/sounded really weird for some reason, so I tried to use "the States" instead. ^_^
29th-Apr-2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
UK, South Wales, London and Manchester: the States. I think it partly depends on whether one knows any Canadians, which many Brits do - indeed, a fair number have relatives in Canada.
29th-Apr-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
I almost always call it the states...but I think that developed after living abroad in England and Ireland for a period. I occasionally say 'the U.S.' ...and rarely ever say America
29th-Apr-2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
east coast, and I refer to it as "the US" as well.
11th-May-2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
Same, I do say America and the United States as well, but when I am not being formal, I would just say 'the U.S.'

Just the other day, when I was talking to my sister, we were ordering off the internet and I asked "Is that U.S. money?" Sort of depends...doesn't it? It would sound funny saying "Is that American money"...makes me sound foreign when I am American.
29th-Apr-2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
From California, and since living in London, I've found myself saying "the states" as well. Though in the past when traveling abroad I would typically say "the US".
29th-Apr-2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'm from the midlands, England and have up until now called "that big country placed between Canada and Mexico" "America" or "The U.S." (and occaisonally "The Us" in a failed attempt to be funny), but will from now on call it "big country between Canada and Mexico", because I think that's a better name.
30th-Apr-2009 01:27 am (UTC)
It certainly does help point to its location in case one is unsure. And it is easier to pronounce if you happen to have a lisp.
29th-Apr-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
It's always been the states or the US for me, but then I'm both British and American (the continent - specifically the bottom one).
29th-Apr-2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm from California and I use either "the States" (as in "I'm heading to the States") or "the US" ("The US economy really sucks right now"). I've never used "America", likely because every teacher and other adult in my life pointed out how horrible it is to act like we're the only country on two continents.
29th-Apr-2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Essex born and bred with plenty of trips over the pond, and I always call it 'The States'. Never even thought about it before, to be honest.
29th-Apr-2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I call it "The States" outside the US because when I lived in Mexico everyone got on me for calling it "America" in English, and I finally got sick of them "correcting" me.

In the US I call it America or "The US".

29th-Apr-2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
British (Oxford); I say 'US', 'States', 'USA' and 'America' fairly interchangeably ('the' comes and goes before the first three). If I'm writing it'll be either US/USA; in most conversations it'll be the States unless there's a good reason to say something else. If I'm asked where I'm going on holiday or where someone lives, I'll say 'America' because I like the ambiguity.
29th-Apr-2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Also, I think there are some scenarios where 'America' really is the word I want e.g. the kind of thing embodied in songs like 'Letter from America' which refers to the entire northern continent*. A significant amount of my interest in specific parts of the continent is in their history - when place X was not part of the USA it would be incorrect to use 'USA' and imply that it was.

The problem with attempting to avoid 'America' for the country between Mexico and Canada is that there isn't really a sensible alternative to 'American'. :-/


*Still problematic for South America, I admit, but that's where context can help.
29th-Apr-2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
Essex/London here. I generally refer to it as 'The Yankee Nation' or failing that, the US.
30th-Apr-2009 01:52 am (UTC)
LOL, there's a new one. But I never think of myself as someone included in the term 'Yankee' because to me that refers only to New Englanders.
29th-Apr-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
From Texas, been living in the UK for the last 2.5 years- Before moving here, I mostly called the country "The U.S." or "America", but since I've been living in the UK I have definitely picked up "the States" and use it just as often or more often than the first two.
29th-Apr-2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm also from Colorado and I call it "the US", "America" and occasionally "the States" when I'm speaking to someone from outside the country. I also occasionally refer to it as "stateside".
30th-Apr-2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Branching out, but still on the topic of names (just because I'm curious), how do you pronounce our fantastic state? Colo-RAD-o? Colo-ROD-o?
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