Originally Posted by Manton
You guys slay me. So you are unaware that "America" is used -- and has been used for centuries -- by hundreds of millions of people every day to refer to the United States? But when I say it, it is suddenly offensive to all of Latin America, which you angrily rise to defend?
Any weapon at hand boys, any weapon at hand.
And radicaldog, you're usually not this much of an asshole but when you swing low, it's not pretty. (George OTOH is a prick most of the time.) Seriously, you appear to know nothing about the northeast, nothing about American (OMG he did it again!) bankers, and nothing about preppies. The more you post, the more you make that clear.
Yes, the n-word has also been used for centuries to refer to African Americans. I have no problem with the adjective 'American' (anything else is too contrived and long-winded), but the noun 'America' always makes me think of the ugliest manifestations of bigoted US patriotism. Perhaps it's just an idiosyncrasy of mine, though I do have Argentinian friends who complain about the common usage of 'America' to refer to the US.
As for being an asshole, I admit that I'm in a bad mood tonight. But seriously, you started it with a one-line post that was dismissively condescending. I also find it quite annoying that you routinely fail to address the main points raised in reply to you, and choose to concentrate on details in order to come up with more insults. I suppose that's the bread and butter of your profession (you're a propagandist of sorts, aren't you?); mine (academia) doesn't work like that.
Finally, I certainly know less that you about American banksters and preppies (and I'm glad of that). But that's beside the point: my initial claim, properly understood (remember: this is a clothing forum), is that the use of preppy clothing can create a look that is associated
with the traditional image
of Eastern WASP elites etc.