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?
Right away Turkey and Hungary comes to my mind.
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.
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)
After a few years browsing forum posts on here it would be a cold day in hell before anything offended me ever again
Sounds like a great idea WryLit.
Alright thanks guys.
Just downloaded a list of country names.
Dayum didn't know there were THAT many!
This might take a few days!
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 ...
Osterreich is the Deutsche (German) name for Austria - perhaps this makes the people Ostriches??
Interesting! Can I steal this tidbit for my hub?
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?
Alright - anyone know any way to find out what the people of each country are actually called? (For instance, Australia - Australians, England - English etc.)
I think this may help:
Uhh...dictionary? Trivia ; austral is anything pertaining to the south.
The British; limies, Americans; Yanks, French; Frogs
Oh the possibilities are endless
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
When I read the topic I thought you meant country names like Bobby Joe, Betty Sue and Billy Jim Bob.
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
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