[tlhIngan Hol] {neH} "merely" with imperatives

De'vID de.vid.jonpin at gmail.com
Sun Oct 17 07:23:27 PDT 2021

On Fri, 15 Oct 2021 at 15:28, SuStel <sustel at trimboli.name> wrote:

> On 10/15/2021 9:21 AM, mayqel qunen'oS wrote:
> SuStel:
> > You keep saying "native american." Be
> > aware that in the United States, this
> > phrase, capitalized, refers to a member of
> > an indigenous tribe, not to any natural-
> > born citizen of the US.
> I didn't know that. So how does one describe people born and raised in the
> u.s.a?
> Just "americans", or does he need each time to say the entire "natural
> born citizen of the u.s.a"?
> In English, the only simple word we have for it is *American.* I remember
> the delight I experienced in high school when I learned that Spanish had a
> separate word for it, *estadounidense.*
> In Canada, the indigenous tribes are called First Peoples. Canadians are
> familiar that US English uses *Native American* instead (though many
> Americans aren't equally familiar with the Canadian term), so I'm not sure
> how a Canadian would interpret the phrase *native American.* They'd
> probably just assume  you were using the US English term.
I'm Canadian and I understood that the usage was an error, but with the
obvious intended meaning of "native speaker of American English".

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