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People from countries in and around North, Central and South America use their official name (Brazilian, Purto Rican, Panamanian). The area in question was originally named America on a German map in 1507 for explorer/cartographer Amerigo Vespucci who discovered a 'New Wold' (continent). It was not Columbus in 1492 as many believe. His name in Latin, Americus Vespucius (feminine form, America) or credit was possibly given to Richard Ameryk (Amerike in English who was the sponsor of both A.V. and John Cabot' New World second expedition) - therefore "America". It wasen't until the founders revised the name to "The United States of America" in 1776 to represent the formal addition of separate States as one union free of the UK. |
I would say that MOST Americans would be offended and would surely violate your personal space if its said to them in person. Just like N*gger, Spick, Ch*nk, G*ok, Banana, Gweilo, Kraut, Jap, Dago, Wop, Ginny, Wetback, DOB, Raghead, Heeb, Paddy, Paki, etc.
I don't know any slang words to call you 'down under' guys except Ozzie or Limey.
However, I normally don't look for ones either for childish name calling.
So... you are OK with Australianian wanker?