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Poking fun at country names?

  1. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    I'm currently working on a hub, but since it's me, I don't want to offend anyone.

    It's basically about how silly some national names are and giving new names instead. (For instance, why is someone from holland called dutch?)

    Would you consider it offensive as long as the made up names weren't referring to anything racist about the group themselves?

    Or am I being an old fuddy duddy? lol

    1. pisean282311 profile image57
      pisean282311posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      you are being aussie lol...oops ...

      1. WryLilt profile image86
        WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        An example would be people from Hong Kong - I've just always itched to call them Honkanese!

        1. vicki simms profile image66
          vicki simmsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Ha ha ha I love this, I am going to have to say honkanese now!!!! smile

    2. Whimsical Chair profile image46
      Whimsical Chairposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Right away Turkey and Hungary comes to my mind.

      1. WryLilt profile image86
        WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        lol

      2. Haunty profile image85
        Hauntyposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        lol Thanks so much!

    3. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Because Holland is Deutchland.

    4. onegoodwoman profile image82
      onegoodwomanposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Go for it.........my homestate, has a town called Palestine, NEEDMORE, and I have been through: Eupora, Acupa, Coffee,  Wine, Lackawata, Showlow, Globe, Wrong Turn, Umista,.................and..........notonthemappa

      if you can put it together, you have talent.

    5. thirdmillenium profile image60
      thirdmilleniumposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      If a man from Poland is a Pole, why isn't a man from Holland a hole?

      (Hey ye Dutch yonder, I love everything Dutch)

  2. thooghun profile image86
    thooghunposted 6 years ago

    After a few years browsing forum posts on here it would be a cold day in hell before anything offended me ever again wink

    I jest!

    Sounds like a great idea WryLit.

  3. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    Alright thanks guys.

    Just downloaded a list of country names.

    Dayum didn't know there were THAT many!

    This might take a few days!

    1. pisean282311 profile image57
      pisean282311posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      days...well i guess it would take more than a month..provided you take eight countries per day then creatives and all...wow ..this is going to be project wrylit...but m sure you would be doing great job...i am looking forward to your hub ...

  4. darkside profile image81
    darksideposted 6 years ago

    Are Austrians also called Aussies?

    1. WryLilt profile image86
      WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      No, only Australians are called Aussies. tongue

      1. Gordon Hamilton profile image96
        Gordon Hamiltonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Osterreich is the Deutsche (German) name for Austria - perhaps this makes the people Ostriches?? smile

        1. WryLilt profile image86
          WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Interesting! Can I steal this tidbit for my hub? big_smile

          1. Gordon Hamilton profile image96
            Gordon Hamiltonposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            By all means - I look forward to seeing your completed work. It already sounds as though it's going to be pretty interestting. smile

            1. WryLilt profile image86
              WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              Haha if I don't lose the plot halfway through!

  5. Spacey Gracey profile image74
    Spacey Graceyposted 6 years ago

    But why do Australians get first dibs on being called Aussies. What is the Austrians also wanted to be called Aussies - who gets to decide?

    1. WryLilt profile image86
      WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Me!

  6. WryLilt profile image86
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    Alright - anyone know any way to find out what the people of each country are actually called? (For instance, Australia - Australians, England - English etc.)

    1. Zack 14 profile image60
      Zack 14posted 6 years ago in reply to this
      1. WryLilt profile image86
        WryLiltposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks, exactly what I needed!

    2. couturepopcafe profile image60
      couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Uhh...dictionary?  Trivia ; austral is anything pertaining to the south.

  7. profile image0
    ralwusposted 6 years ago

    The British; limies,  Americans; Yanks,  French; Frogs
    Oh the possibilities are endless

    1. nasus loops profile image81
      nasus loopsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Also known as the Whities when in Africa.

  8. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 6 years ago

    Canadians....'Canucks'

    1. Whimsical Chair profile image46
      Whimsical Chairposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      what is a canuck

  9. iantoPF profile image85
    iantoPFposted 6 years ago

    I love this subject; I'm sure you can have a lot of fun with it and it sounds like an article to be bookmarked a lot.
    I'm sure you would know that Aussies call the English; Prisoners Of Mother England or "Pommies" but did you know that within the UK Scots are called "Jocks" A Welshman is called "Taffy" one of the first things I did when I came to America was send home a packet of "Laffy Taffy" Oh! and if you are from China you don't have bulls in your shop. smile

  10. couturepopcafe profile image60
    couturepopcafeposted 6 years ago

    And if you really want to go crazy, you could break countries down into segments - Americans north of the Mason-Dixon line = yankees, south of the line = rebels

    Looks like iantoPF beat me to this one!

  11. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    what's really funny to me is when people from other countries who have very thick accents are trying to communicate with each other using English - its hysterical! although I'm sure for them it is rather frustrating.  The other day I listened to an East Indian woman talking to Mexican woman in English and they were having to repeat everything several times to be understood - I thought it would make an awesome comedy sketch!  I'm sure they would think it was funny too!

    It would be even funnier if they were trying to correct each other's English pronunciation.

    1. profile image0
      ralwusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      That's classic. LOL Wish I'd have been there.

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image89
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      This reminds me of the time when I has to take a German lady to my Japanese dentist for an emergency denture repair. I was the translator who could barely understand either of them. Sign language goes a long way.

    3. iantoPF profile image85
      iantoPFposted 6 years ago in reply to this


      That is hilarious, it reminds me of when I was applying for American citizenship. I was interviewed on my knowledge of English by a Korean. We were both having a good chuckle over it.

  12. Rochelle Frank profile image89
    Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago

    When I read the topic I thought you meant country names like Bobby Joe, Betty Sue and Billy Jim Bob.

    1. Whimsical Chair profile image46
      Whimsical Chairposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol

    2. FrankiesGirl6Yr profile image81
      FrankiesGirl6Yrposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Me to

  13. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 6 years ago

    Not to confuse a town with a country but there is a place called Intercourse Pennsylvania...Not sure how to get there but I hear there is many ups and  downs on the way big_smile

 
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