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Old September 11 2010, 02:31 PM   #63
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Re: Why does Germany get the cool novel covers?

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While I am most certainly American, "American" isn't an ethnicity in the way "English" is. Americanism is about political citizenship, not ancestry.
American is an ethnic group, though we tend to prefix it with "Native." The problem is that we in the United States of America also use the word "American" to mean "a citizen of the United States of America," which tends to confuse the issue.
People all around the world do that, too. (That is, if you substitute "American" with the equivalents in various languages.) Nobody, to my knowledge, uses "American" without the prefix "Native" to refer to any ethnicity.
Indeed. Regardless of what may be seen as right or wrong in defining people from the USA, it's normally American referring to a person living there than the native population.
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