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Old 12-12-2023, 11:15 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Originally Posted by villageidiot1 View Post
I don't have an issue with using the pronoun "we" when describing something about Americans because I am an American citizen. Where I cringe is with professional sports teams. Many people say "we" when referring to their favorite sports team such as "we" need to make a change at quarterback when they are not a member of the team or the organization around the team. This is really common on sports call-in shows on the radio.

BTW, "we" did not beat the British at Valley Forge since there was no battle. Most of the Continental Army spent the winter at Valley Forge. The British Army had captured Philadelphia. The Schuylkill Expressway didn't exist yet, so the British didn't have an easy way to travel the 21 miles out to Valley Forge to attack Washington's army.
The Schuylkill Expressway would have been clogged with ox and horse teams driving goods into the city.
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Old 12-13-2023, 01:45 PM
Location: San Diego CA
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We as trans generational Americans past and present who over our collective history contributed to our society.
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Old 01-02-2024, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jtab4994 View Post
I've long wondered how it came to be that I identify the Continental Army as "we". My ancestors didn't come here until the very late 19th century. Same for the Civil War when "we" beat the Confederacy. Although "We" beat the Axis powers in WWII because my father and all my uncles were in the service even if I wasn't even born yet.

It's a similar "we" with professional sports. I root for the Green Bay Packers even though I live on the East Coast and have only been to Wisconsin a couple of times in my life and never came close to Green Bay.

And with armed conflicts around the world, I usually pick a side I identify with more than the other. But really I have no dog in that fight, so why pick sides?

So why do I have to be part of "we" when something big happens that I am not directly involved in?
Humans are a gregarious animal, and tend to join groups that they identify with, even if they have nothing to do with the actual events in which those groups are involved. For example I am a Democrat. Is the Democratic Party part of a "we" group? I don't know.
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