All too often, we are tempted to touch the untouchable subjects of politics, religion and futbol (soccer) at the BBQ table, which means I frequently I hear complaints of ignorance and annoyance about this very minimal failure to be "politically correct."
So, after much thinking and brewing of my response to this, by god I do believe I have come up with an answer! And it is not all that ignorant I will have you know.
United States Americans refer to themselves as "Americans" for short not because they are ignorant or unknowing, or because they think of themselves as a superior class, they do this because this a mouth full to say, "Hi, nice to meet you, my name is Stephanie and I am a United States American." In the US, and I would wager to say, in the world, are in to shortening things, Michael becomes Mike, Stephanie becomes Steph, Jason becomes Jay, Claudio becomes Clau...Are you following me? Lets be realistic, Argentinean aren't saying, "we are Argentinean South Americans." Furthermore, it is not just because we are lazy, it is a linguistically related error!
In both English and Spanish there are adjectives to describe nationalities, she is from Peru, she is Peruvian, He is from France, he is French. I have realized that the problem is in the way the language is built, in the way we are taught to speak. In Spanish, if you are from the United States (of America) you are estadounidense but something funny happens in English, if you are from the United States (of America) there is no other adjective to use other than American! So, we have two choices, we can either refer to ourselves in a way that makes the world think we are egocentric (which we might be, but that is beside the argument,) or we have to build longer sentences referring to our home land rather than an adjective that describes our person.
How do we then fix this dispute? I propose we create a new adjective for people from the United States: