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Old 05-13-2008, 08:33 PM
 
Location: 河南郑州, Kansas City, Iowa, Fargo
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I work at a newspaper and we were debating if "canuck" is offensive. It fits better in small spaces than Canadian. Thoughts?

P.S. We do realize there's an NHL team called the Canucks.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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To me it is and it has a long association of being a slur, "Johnny Canuck" aside.
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Old 05-14-2008, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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I've never thought of it as offensive in the slighest. Every country has some nickname for thier people, this is ours.
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Not offensive to me. Better a Canuck than a Yank.

Of course they are on the same level. For a newspaper, it's pretty heavy slang.
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: 河南郑州, Kansas City, Iowa, Fargo
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For a newspaper, it's pretty heavy slang.
It was for light-hearted story, we rolled with Canadian, though. Thanks for the insight.
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:24 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Personally I'm a former Canuck and now a Yank. Also Hungarian so I would be a Hunky? and part Jewish so am I a Jew?. Some people are Dagos or Waap or kite or *****. Could go on with no OFFENSE to anyone. Heck, we all breath the same air, have families, go to work or school every day, buy our groceries at the same supermarket, patronize same fast foods etc. Whats this all got to do with a (slang) reference to a persons enthicity, absolutely NOTHING. Only people who are offended are those with a very THIN skin and need to lighten up a little. Life is to short to dwell over a little word that is only used to identify some specific country or culture. As for me I'll take some fish & chips with a little malt vineger and a soft drink please. Steve
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Lettuce Land
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Not offensive to me. Better a Canuck than a Yank.
That brings up an interesting point. Many "southerners" - from the deep south, that is - object to being called "Yanks", who more correctly were originally considered to be [the evil] northern carpetbaggers or New Englanders. Since I'm a west coast lad that distinction means nothing to me, but I mention it simply because a few of my northern "cousins" have objected to my use of the term "Canuck" in previous posts. So I dropped the word, as wisely did the OP.

Also, I've discovered most Canadians would be too polite to mention this unless asked.

Cheers.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I for one cant really even see why it would be offensive. The best I can figure is that some see it like the word "Jew". to me, "Jew" is somewhat offensive and I try to avoid it. This is because most of the time when I hear "Jew" it is in a negative way. I've never heard Canuck used in any kind of negative way.
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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[SIZE=3]It used to be (and in fact may have originated as) a derogatory term for French-Canadian migrants in New England. (Since most “Canadians” New Englanders would have met in the late 19th/early 20th centuries would have been French-speaking.) The people who generally call themselves “Québécois” today would have referred to themselves as “Canadiens” in those days, so much so that the neighbourhoods they settled in are usually known as “Little Canadas” in New England cities even today.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]Of course, usage of the name has evolved since then (hence the Vancouver Canucks NHL team), so outside of a few places in New England, no one would really view this as an insulting term. The Sun group of tabloid newspapers actually uses the word “Canuck” all the time in its eye-catching from page headlines. [/SIZE]
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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I agree, it's hard to say Canuck in an angry tone.

You, you dirty Canuck! It just makes me laugh instead. Yank/Yankee has lots of connotations that are negative, especially in the south, but there really isn't a derogatory "canadianism"

If you really want to insult a Canadian, just call them American.
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