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Why do people refer to "red-blooded Americans." Do other countries' inhabitants bleed another color?

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klynn330
Mar. 21st, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
Nerd Check
The Etymology dictionary refers to "red blooded" as "vigorous,
spirited" and notes that it is recorded from 1877 (SOURCE: Etymology,
<http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=red>).

And indeed, the term "red blooded American" (or in other versions
found online) means an American passionate about his American-ness, a
vigorous person, first and foremost
suba_al_hadid
Mar. 21st, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Nerd Check
I suppose the opposite might be "blue-blooded Americans" (?), of which we have few to none, not having an aristocracy to speak of.

I am, of course, just opining without research :)
klynn330
Mar. 21st, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Nerd Check
Actually Suba, the entry specifically refuted the association with "blue-bloods" or aristocracy. So that's two nerd points to me today!
esprix
Mar. 22nd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Nerd Check
So noted. :) I figured it might also have to do with Americans shedding their blood to free themselves from a monarchy (red-blood vs. blue-blood).
suba_al_hadid
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Nerd Check
Definitely two points to you then! I love looking up words to see if they mean what I think they mean. Today's word was "geezer" which is apparently entirely different in the UK than the US.
unclrashid
Mar. 21st, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
It is in contrast to blue-blooded, as in an England ruled by aristocrats. In reality, America is rapidly becoming a plutocracy, ruled by the ultra-rich. Maybe someday they will refer to it as green-blooded.
esprix
Mar. 21st, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
I, for one, welcome our new Vulcan overlords.
caprine
Mar. 21st, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
In a long-ago Star Trek campaign, I was able to make two tasteless menstruation jokes:
  • On Vulcan, ads for menstrual products use red fluid in the demos so as not to make viewers uncomfortable.
  • If the Hell's Angels exist in the 24th century, can they get "blue wings" or "green wings"?
esprix
Mar. 22nd, 2011 03:23 pm (UTC)
Kinky! :P
akirashima
Mar. 21st, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
duh!!!!!!

english are blue blooded
italians don't have blood they have marinara
french have red blood but it all comes from a duck press
japanese have soy sauce
chinese have a different soy sauce
Koreans have red chili paste
and we do not ever speak of the germans or javanese
esprix
Mar. 22nd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
I assumed as much, but today's Tea Partiers use it for rather different reasons (i.e., THEM ILLIGAL IMGRINTS!).
montrealais
Mar. 22nd, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
As you know, Canadians bleed maple. It tends to make things sticky and is one of the main reasons why we go to war so infrequently.
esprix
Mar. 23rd, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, maple-flavored Canadians...
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