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From: "Steven Oge" <>
Subject: Re: Fw: The Irish in America
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 1998 15:47:10 -0500

and for us from the mixing pot:
> From: linda Merle <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Fw: The Irish in America
> Date: Sunday, February 08, 1998 2:35 PM
> > I read an article by a Nobel prize winning author who
> > said if anything is going to ruin the USA it is the hyphenated
> > That we should be Americans first and celebrate our heritage second.
> The fella was probably refering to the baggage that is brought from
> the old land that can result in a continuance of old vendettas.
> Probably at the head of the list of those guilty of doing so are the
> Irish. The Ulster Scots in America has become American. Some would
> say "vanilla American" is Ulster Scots. Of course you'd have to have
> enough interest in these things to unbury them -- and if you have
> no interest in the past, then you haven't got sufficient interest
> to study it.
> Some feel no need to explore the past -- and that's fine too.
> Some though feel rootless and not only want to but need to. I think
> an understanding of who your ancestors were and why they came
> end up making you an even better American.
> As for figuring out who has hyphens and who doesnt -- IE who blends
> and who doesn't it's intersting to just listen (or read them).
> Some of these are REAL strange sounding-- I think because the folk
> blend. Others we hear every day:
> Ulster-American
> Scots-American
> British-American
> English-American
> Welsh-American
> Italian-American
> Franco-American
> Hispanic-American
> Irish-American
> German-American
> Japanese-American
> I like Ulster American, myself, and I would like it to be "okay" to
> be "British American" but it sounds like a contraction in terms,
> like "British-Irish". (Usually is "West Brit" in the UK, but
> "West British American" doesn't sound right either, and everyone
> would be asking "....what????"
> I am afraid that like it or not, we are stuck with hypens and perhaps
> it would be more productive to understand them rather than condemning
> them.
> I'm curious how these hyphenations are handled in the UK and the
> Republic. Anyone know?
> Linda Merle

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