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Old 04-29-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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They are those who are:
1. White.
2. Of Anglo-Saxon heritage.
3. Belong to any of various Protestant denominations.

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Old 04-29-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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I just had to laugh at this Google ads which are showing up in this thread, "Terminix Wasp Control" and "Get Rid of Wasps"

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Old 04-29-2009, 03:28 PM
 
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They are those who are:
1. White.
2. Of Anglo-Saxon heritage.
3. Belong to any of various Protestant denominations.

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That's way too broad. I always hear it associated with wealthy people, and they're usually Mainline Protestant rather than Evangelical.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:44 PM
 
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That's way too broad. I always hear it associated with wealthy people, and they're usually Mainline Protestant rather than Evangelical.
You're arguing denotation vs connotation. The denotation is just what the poster you quoted said. The connotation tends to refer to those who are somewhat more privilaged and educated, but is often more broadly applied to anyone who's white, doesn't appear "ethnic" in any way (e.g. darker skin, hair, etc.) and isn't a stereotypical hillbilly. (Though I've heard of the NASCAR crowd referred to as WASPs, too, so it depends on who you ask.)

The connotation of this particular term is pretty nebulous.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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You're arguing denotation vs connotation. The denotation is just what the poster you quoted said. The connotation tends to refer to those who are somewhat more privilaged and educated, but is often more broadly applied to anyone who's white, doesn't appear "ethnic" in any way (e.g. darker skin, hair, etc.) and isn't a stereotypical hillbilly. (Though I've heard of the NASCAR crowd referred to as WASPs, too, so it depends on who you ask.)

The connotation of this particular term is pretty nebulous.
Well if it's that broad then it really just includes the W and nothing else because you can't tell any of those things on a person except for white. There are Irish people that look just like Anglo-Saxons. And you usually can't look at somebody and tell what religion they are.
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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This man is a WASP. He is the best example I can think of. White, old money, Episcopalian, north easterner, can trace his ancestry back to Plymouth Colony.
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:51 PM
 
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Well if it's that broad then it really just includes the W and nothing else because you can't tell any of those things on a person except for white. There are Irish people that look just like Anglo-Saxons. And you usually can't look at somebody and tell what religion they are.
Yes. That's true. Then again, for the vast majority of those with Irish, German, French, or other Western European heritage, their culture has become such a minor part of their lives, it hardly manages to be a part of their identity.

Furthermore, using English v. Irish or Protestantism v. Catholicism as a cultural indicator isn't nearly as clear-cut a process as it used to be. Now that I think about it, for most people in most of the country, the term WASP itself is pretty much moot.

That's homogenization for you.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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or even Non-Hispanic Euro Americans (incl Catholics)
I believe this is what Anglo in Socal refers to
That is what "Anglo" means in Colorado as well.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:25 PM
 
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Yes. That's true. Then again, for the vast majority of those with Irish, German, French, or other Western European heritage, their culture has become such a minor part of their lives, it hardly manages to be a part of their identity.

Furthermore, using English v. Irish or Protestantism v. Catholicism as a cultural indicator isn't nearly as clear-cut a process as it used to be. Now that I think about it, for most people in most of the country, the term WASP itself is pretty much moot.

That's homogenization for you.
Yeah, the lines are really blurred now. There's an elite country club in Memphis that used to not let Catholics join, but now I know many Catholics that are members. They're basically apart of that "WASP culture" or what's left of it. A lot of WASPs send their kids to Catholic schools here. A lot of Jewish families and some Catholics send their kids to the non-sectarian "WASP schools." Those 3 groups, the white Catholics, the WASPs, and the Jews are very much intertwined in East Memphis.
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: btw Bmore and DC but in the Bmore Metro Stat Area
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That is what "Anglo" means in Colorado as well.
yeah I think Anglo is used in places with a large%age of Hispanics.
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