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Old 10-31-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Brits and irish have their own look. Hard to pin point, but I see larger noses, ears and teeth.

Aussies, Kiwis and Canadians and (United States of) Americans tend to look alike, probably because of the immigrant influx over the last 300 years.

As far as fashion goes, its hard to tell an Aussie that comes form the Coastal or Metropolitan Areas of Australia from an American that lives in the North East or especially Southern California.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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I think Scots seem to have the same shade of gray hair - more a white than gray - but my dh thinks I'm nuts. When he met me for the first time he said I looked Irish (I'm an American mutt about 1/2 Irish ancestry). It was the colouring though - light brown hair and hazel eyes.
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Where ocean meets up with the naked land.
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No... If the OP was talking about a continent, he would have said "north americans" or "south americans". when someone says "americans" its obvious theyre talking about people from the united states of america.


When people speak of Americans it's based on superiority complex. Of course People from the US are going to assume that "Americans" just apply to people living within the United States. We are the high and might country after all.
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:29 PM
 
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When people speak of Americans it's based on superiority complex. Of course People from the US are going to assume that "Americans" just apply to people living within the United States. We are the high and might country after all.
When non-Americans refer to obnoxious, loud, fat, patriotic or fill-in-the-blank Americans, they are not bashing Chileans or Mexicans, are they? Ask anyone outside (or inside) the US who an American is. It's someone from the US.

Nothing to do with superiority. It's just been used since the beginning and I doubt it will stop as there is no replacement word.
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Old 10-31-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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When people speak of Americans it's based on superiority complex. Of course People from the US are going to assume that "Americans" just apply to people living within the United States. We are the high and might country after all.
Go on then, prove to me that most people from South America consider themselves "American" rather than "Brazilian" or any other country they come from. Prove to me that most people identify themselves by firstly their continent, not their country. Prove to me that most people have more pride in their continent than their country. You can't because that isn't the case.

This has nothing to do with superiority, it simply has to do with the fact that our country is called The United States of America and "Americans" is the most sensible and logical name to take from that. As mentioned before - the only other option is to take a name from the "United States" part, such as "United Staters" or "United Statians" and that just sounds silly. It has nothing to do with superiority, that's just what you've made it about to make us look arrogant and further your anti-American agenda. Excuse me, I mean, your anti-"United Stater" agenda.

And this all coming from someone who clearly thinks wherever she is from is far superior to New Jersey and the south of the US!
http://www.city-data.com/forum/new-jersey/804121-why-when-i-think-about-new.html
http://www.city-data.com/forum/general-u-s/803853-where-south-can-i-get-cheap-post11420736.html#post11420736
That's really rich - for someone to have such ignorance, arrogance and prejudice callings Americans arrogant simply for calling themselves American. Wow.
And then you go on to talk about needing an atmosphere where you're not automatically stereotyped?
http://www.city-data.com/forum/general-u-s/803357-there-any-cities-us-have-people-post11411143.html#post11411143
So it's okay for you to stereotype Americans as arrogant, NJ as a terrible place and southerners as having terrible accents but it's not okay for people to stereotype you?

I think you still have a lot to learn about the world. I'm curious, how old are you?

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Old 10-31-2009, 01:27 PM
 
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The term "Latino" and "Hispanic" are somewhat of a misnomer as well as many of those labelled as such have a good deal of Native American blood. They just happen to come from a Spanish-speaking country.
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I've never been to Britain or Australia before but I'll give you my opinion from what I've seen in person and on TV/pictures.

In general, do we dress different and have different styles and looks? yes, definitely. The US is especially diverse so it's not just one style and look, but in general I think it's safe to say that we're different than people from both those countries as far as dressing and styles.

As far as physically there's still a noticeable difference. People from Britain especially and Australia but to a lesser extent, there's a much smaller chance that they are mixed with another race or different type of person. I'm speaking mainly on the white/European descent population here but also the population as a whole. Britain is very white. Australia is as well and up until 1970s they actually didn't allow any (or barely any) non-white immigrants to come to the country.

Where I'm from, there is barely any British people or Australians (even in descent) and they would definitely stick out so there's noticeable differences between them and the average American.
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Old 10-31-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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Where I'm from, there is barely any British people or Australians (even in descent) and they would definitely stick out so there's noticeable differences between them and the average American.
A very large percentage of Americans are descendants of Scots, English, Welsh and Irish.
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Old 11-01-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It's weird how things like culture (especially language and dialect/accent), behaviour and dress can subtlely affect how you view a person, even their appearance. It does make you think there's a kind of 'American look.'

I think it would be a huge generalisation to say that he or she has a typical American/British/Australian look, BUT that Anglo/Northern type look would be most prevalent in Britain (obviously), while Aussies and Americans would statistically be more likely to have darker features (say Latino, Italian, indigenous, Asian, black, mixed). Then again there are many immigrants in the UK. Many 'whites' in the US though don't look completely white, there's probably more interracial going on there (doesn't seem a huge amount here in Oz for the population). Also, I think there are more 'exotic' looking Americans of varied European ancestry (esp Eastern Europe) than in Australia which is more British/Irish.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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When non-Americans refer to obnoxious, loud, fat, patriotic or fill-in-the-blank Americans, they are not bashing Chileans or Mexicans, are they? Ask anyone outside (or inside) the US who an American is. It's someone from the US.

Nothing to do with superiority. It's just been used since the beginning and I doubt it will stop as there is no replacement word.
When I lived in Europe, people constantly referred to me as "American"...so it's not just Americans that use this reference - it's pretty much used worldwide when referring to people from the U.S.

I lived in London for a while, and had several people walk up and ask me if I was from Australia - prior to hearing me speak, of course. I had a couple of Canadian friends living there also, and they were constantly assumed to be American. I think the three are very similar looks-wise, but Brits are often distinguishable from Canadians/Americans/Australians.

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