|Originally posted by yoviher
Wait a minute.... since when nationalities are capitalized?
It would be to my greatest joy if we might all mutually decide to end this thread. After all, Victor, to his credit, offered to step out -- and then it went on, and, in my opinion, he was then justified in joining back in. I attribute blame to nobody here -- cross-postings or innocent new entrants into the thread are usually to blame for something like this.
But, Victor, when using one's nationality as a noun defining a person or group of persons, customary rules of grammar approve, no, require, capitalization. If you say that you are English, French, Montenegran, or, indeed, Puerto Rican, capitilization is quite correct.
Now, we have a problem in the United States of America, and we have had that problem since the very birth of our country. We never had a handy word to define ourselves as natives of our country. It sounds stupid to say that I am "A United States of American," doesn't it? Then the problem was aggravated because there are a whole bunch of other Americans -- Canadians, Mexicans, Columbians, and, of course, Puerto Ricans, are all natives of "America," be it North America, South America, or islands offshore of "America."
So, we ask forgiveness of all those other "Americans," but we have done the best that we can with this long-winded name we gave our country. After all, there are others who do the same. For example, natives of "The Peoples Republic of China" call themselves "Chinese," not "The Peoples Republic of Chinese," right? (I do not intend to make this more complicated by raising the issue of Taiwan).
So, good cat people, let us recognize on all sides that we have touched a nerve -- the lands of our birth. We can have fun debating other issues here on TCS, but this one admits of no compromise, and fundamental principles of patriotism generate fiery feelings and fiery words. Let me assure you that I, personally, do not plead "Not guilty" here, because I am the guiltiest.
No matter our origin, "It is my country -- right or wrong, my country."
Many a war has started this way.
Let us go on to something else. We will all be happier for that.
I will even try to get a new photo of Samwise.
All the best,
Jim, a Texan, but also an American, as is Victor, with Ann, Miss Kitty and Samwise, on a Texas beach