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Some Canadians and more Latin Americans are understandably irritated whenUS citizens refer to themselves simply as “Americans.” Canadians (andonly Canadians) use the term “North American” to include themselves in atwo-member group with their neighbor to the south, though geographersusually include Mexico in North America. When addressing aninternational audience composed largely of people from the Americas, itis wise to consider their sensitivities.However, it is pointless to try to ban this usage in all contexts.Outside of the Americas, “American” is universally understood to referto things relating to the US. There is no good substitute. Brazilians,Argentineans, and Canadians all have unique terms to refer tothemselves. None of them refer routinely to themselves as “Americans” outside of contexts like the “Organization of American States.” FrankLloyd Wright promoted “Usonian,” but it never caught on. For better orworse, “American” is standard English for “citizen or resident of theUnited States of America.”

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  • n  a native or inhabitant of the United States
  • n  the English language as used in the United States
  • n  a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
  • a  of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and islands of the Americas
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