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02-05-2004, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Gros Bill
I've rarely heard "frenchman" used w/o implying a slur (not that I think that's what you were doing, Catala). You're canadian, All-Star, not french. Even "French canadian", to my eyes, is demeaning, though I realise it's not always used with that goal in mind. Think about it : with that reasoning, there are 2 types of Canadians. There's the "Canadian", who speaks english, and then there's the other kind, the "french canadian".

So a guy like Craig Rivet, who's name is of french origin, is a Canadian, because he speaks English only. Stéphane Quintal, OTOH, is a "frenchman", because he speaks french, although he also speaks english.

It's a label, a nice handy label, but it still categorizes some of us as "not quite canadian". I hate it, but maybe that's only me.
I see what you're saying. I guess I'm just more mellow when it comes to people labelling me...

Oh, and for the record, I also use "English Canadian". It all depends on context.

I guess I'm just a rebel from both sides of the language issue.

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