Vlürch wrote:Yeah, well, exonyms do have a tendency to be inaccurate and as such offensive. That's why it's a better idea to use endonyms instead, at least in public discussions for nations for which no well-established neutral term exists or when the exonym would be confusing. But if a well-established neutral term exists or the endonym would be more confusing than the exonym, it shouldn't piss anyone off to use that.
a questao é: 'skandinavia' is kein gutes wort für die länder, 'nordisch' scheinbar auch nich (wenigstens für einige mitglider hir), also was soll das wort für die gruppe von ländern die danmark, finland, norwegen und swegen bilden? you mite say that we dont need a word for it, since finland has no relationship with the other mentiond countries. mais meme si lee finlandais ont une langue trai diférente ee ont dans plusieurs daspects une culture diférente (le tango!), ils ont auci dee similaritee, par example la localisacion géografic, léconomi. el país menos corrupto del mundo, segundo transparency international, es danmark, el segundo menos corrupto es finlandia, y no creo que eso sea una coincidencia.
eu suponho ki si eu fizer uma viajim pra danmark, noruege, suege i finlandia, i eu tiver falando com um skandinavo, eu vou dizer 'eu vou viajar pela skandinavia i finlandia', mais si eu tiver conversando com um franceis ou um venezuelano, eu vou continuar dizendo 'eu vou viajar pela skandinavia'. aber natürlich werd ich beim schreiben 'skandinavia' im lokalen sinn verwenden, wie ich mit geografischen namen immer mach, das heisst, "ich mach eine rundreise nach skandinavien und finnland", später 'skandinavia und suomi'.
i dont like the term 'america' and 'american' for the country USA, as if canadis, peruvis and brazilis wernt amerikis, but of course i cant protest all the time that europis and USis use it that way - i'd get quite tired...
the question is: 'skandinavia' isn't a good word for the countries, and it seems that some people in that region don't like the term 'nordic' either, so how should we call the group of countries that encompass danmark, finland, norway and sweden? you mite say that we dont need a word for it, since finnland has no relationship with the other mentiond countries. but even if finns hav a very difrent language and hav in sevral aspects a difrent culture (tango!), they also hav similarities, for instance the geographic localization, the economy, and politically finland is part of the EU, while norway isnt... the least corrupt country of the world, acording to transparency international, is denmark, and the second least corrupt is finland, and i don't think thats a coincidence.
i suppose that if i make a round-trip to denmark, norway, sweden and finland, and i'm talking to a skandinavian, i'll say "I'll do a round trip in scandinavia and finland", but if i'm talking to a frenchman or a venezuelan, i'll keep saying "i'll do a round trip in scandinavia". but of course when i write, i will use 'skandinavia' in the local sense, as i do with any geographic name, so in this case i'd say '...round trip in skandinavia and finland, later 'skandinavia and suomi'.
i dont like the term 'america' and 'american' for the country USA, as if canadians, peruvians and brazilians weren't americans, but of course i can't protest all the time that europis and USis use it that way - i'd get quite tired...
Vlürch wrote:Finns calling Germany "Saksa" may very well be offensive to Germans who live in Germany, but even Finnish citizens of German descent refer to themselves in Finnish as "Suomen saksalaiset" or other similar names,
biensûr, mais ils nont pas baucoup dopcions, nestce-pas...? y no creo que los suizos tengan problemas con la palabra 'alemán', que viene de 'alemannen', que son la jente del sudoeste de alemania y de la suiza germanófona.
yeah, sure, but they dont have many options, do they...? and i dont think many swiss have problems with the word 'alemán' or 'allemand' for germans, even if the word comes from alemannen, and these are the people from southwest germany and from germanophone switzerland.