Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 08:56:46 -0700
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: "Ami"
On Thu, 5 Sep 1996, Luanne von Schneidemesser wrote:
In message Thu, 5 Sep 1996 00:08:54 -0400,
Jason Wilke wilke[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NJ2.N-JCENTER.COM writes:
BTW, where do you get "Ami" for "American"? That's a new one on me.
& how do you pronounce it?
I have been living in Germany. That's a colloquial term for Ami's in
It's not derrogatory.
It is considered by many to be derogatory.
I second that -- at least it CAN be used in a derogatory manner. On a
trip through Austria just days after the post-WWII occupation ended, I saw
"Ami go home" painted on a wall. More indicatively, in a conversation at
the German Information Center (where I worked), a co-worker complaining
about jingoistic network coverage of the LA Olympics said sarcastically
that if the Amis did it, it would be covered. Other colleagues hushed him
in scandalized tones for using the word in my presence.
Luanne von Schneidemesser
Dictionary of American Regional English
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