What is your nationality?

superdavid   Sat Sep 15, 2007 1:30 pm GMT
Q. "What is your nationality?"
If I am asked this question, what would be the correct/most relevant answer for that of the following?

a) My nationality is the United States. (It is the United States.)
b) My nationality is American. (It is American.)
c) I am American.
d) I am an American.
e) None of the above
Guy   Sat Sep 15, 2007 3:16 pm GMT
b, c, d sounds correct to me, but I would normally say c or d.

For b, I would use this expression when the sentence or the statement is not complete, like 'My nationality is American, but I was born and brought up in Italy.'
Guest   Sat Sep 15, 2007 3:30 pm GMT
Or you could say: "I am originally from the USA/America" if you want to mention your nationality.
New Yorker   Sat Sep 15, 2007 7:05 pm GMT
I'd normally say c) or d), however this is now regarded as politically incorrect in some circles. This usage is sometimes considered insensitive nowadays, since equating the U.S. to America tends to minimize the importance of the other countries of North and South America.

Some folks suggest using 'United Statian', 'United Statesian', 'Statian/Statesian', 'Yank', 'Yankee', etc. instead.
K. T.   Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:48 pm GMT
I'm a US citizen.

New Yorker, don't be so worried about what Europeans and Latin Americans think, merci.
Guest   Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:08 pm GMT
Some people use "I'm from the states"
Guest   Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:24 pm GMT
<<Some folks suggest using 'United Statian', 'United Statesian', 'Statian/Statesian', 'Yank', 'Yankee', etc. instead.>>

No they don't. You made this up.
Guest   Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:25 pm GMT
KT the only thing it has to do with Europeans is their (I'm English, not European) inability to distinguish between the Canadian and American Accent(s). It is probably more of to do with political pressure in that hemisphere.

You want to be careful about being "American" it could become as meaningless as being "British", foreigners born in England refer to themselves as "British" and have little love for England, my brother would be an example, but I know plenty more. The US has a better track record of integration.
K. T.   Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:07 pm GMT
I can see your point about being "British" and being "American" since those words really do not say anything about ethnicity, or specifics about one's home culture.

I certainly don't want to be called a "Yankee", and LOL, "Statian" is just too dang close to "Martian".

Sounds ugly...
Brennus   Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:52 pm GMT
Another name for Americans that has been proposed is "Usonian," based on U.S.A., but it has never caught on.

I remember a few years ago, Michael Moore said in an interview that Americans need a new name for their country. One that really sounds like the name of a country. I see his point here. To me, "United States" almost sounds more like the name of a business arrangement rather than a nation or a country. However, that's still just my opinion.
K. T.   Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:19 am GMT
No! I will not have Michael Moore speak for me! I don't care if he IS related to the Super Sugar Crisp Bear! No TY. I used to like his earlier stuff, now I find him, well, let another country have him!
K. T.   Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:23 am GMT
You often start these controversial threads, don't you, superdavid?
K. T.   Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:17 am GMT
<<Some folks suggest using 'United Statian', 'United Statesian', 'Statian/Statesian', 'Yank', 'Yankee', etc. instead.>>

No they don't. You made this up.-Guest


Regrettably, some of the people who post in the English Forum AND some in the Languages forum also suggest those silly names.
Skippy   Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:39 am GMT
A typical response for someone in the United States would be "I'm American," or "I'm an American." I'd probably say "I'm Texan," but in my experience that's a peculiarity of Texans... :-) lol
K. T.   Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:44 am GMT
Thank-you, Skippy. I see someone named Elbarto is trying to promote this Statian nonsense at the Urban Dictionary.