Yeah, so my super educated and competent English teacher, who lived ~100 years in New York, ~200 years in England and studied at Oxford, AND has a British husband, asked us what a non-offensive term for white Americans is. We were like "Caucasians? Maybe simply White people?"
And she, with her perfect English, wrote on the board "REDNECK". Yeah, sure, Mrs. Doctor English teacher. You took 5 minutes to write the word bureaucracy on the board because you couldn't handle it even when your students told you the correct spelling. So I'm not believing you. She also told us you can't write "Sincerely, ... " At the end of a letter / email. And her pronounciaton... Oh well. Rant over. But I am mad at her, because she ruins my English grade and the one of everyone else - half her students can speak better English than her, I'm not kidding. *Angrily throws her English textbook across the room*
@A pet named Steve, I had a French teacher like this. I’m not sure anyone even got a B in her class.
@BigJohnson86, same here. I don't know why some teachers don't allow their students to get good grades.
@A pet named Steve, I know. They should just give us all A’s
@A pet named Steve, as a fluent English speaker and white American, generally any normal term is fine. White, Caucasian, European-American, even cracker on occasion. Redneck is not generally a term used for white people as a whole unless someone is trying to insult others(though many aren’t really that insulted)
@A pet named Steve, I literally write sincerely to end all of my letters/emails to my research professor. Your teacher sounds incredibly pedantic.
@A pet named Steve, I’m guessing you didn’t mean to add the extra 0 at the end of those times, unless of course you’re at a school for witchcraft and wizardry. And on a more serious note your teacher is an idiot for so many reasons. What grade are you in? I’m reeeeally hoping this isn’t college level
@A pet named Steve, if your comments are any indication, your command of written English (as your 3rd, 4th,...20th language) is superior to most college graduates who only know English. Unless you simply got the test question wrong (in a 2+2=7 kind of way), your teacher is a fool.
By the way, as an American of Western European decent, the non-offensive term is white. Caucasian is the overly politically correct term, but if you examine the word, that refers specifically to the people of the Caucuses region of Eastern Europe.
Redneck is a derogatory term for the undereducated, unsophisticated, generally poor, white people of the US south east.
@Silver6456, Grade 12, few months before my Abitur. She is the most hated teacher of the school. Oh and I added the extra 0 for sarcasms sake haha (though she really did spent a large part of her life in English speaking countries, mainly America and England)
@A pet named Steve, the term Redneck originated to describe the poor farm workers because of the sunburn on the backs of their necks from working the fields. In the early 20th century, workers used a red bandana to show support for the workers’ rights and union movements. In the 1970 (and beyond) the term became the derogatory term associated with unsophisticated Southerners. The terms Cracker (rancher/cowboy types from Texas to Florida) and Hillbilly (coal country types from the Appalachian Mountains region) have similar origins.
@JDPhi, ok, thanks for the clarification. I don't want to end up saying something offensive to someone just because of this pedagogically inadequate mess that is my teacher. I know I sound angry haha, but she really is incompetent. Also, she's really homophobic, and mocking gay students in front of the whole class. But again, thank you for clarifying what my teacher couldn't clarify ^^
@JDPhi, I always wondered where the term Redneck came from. That's really interesting, and makes sense. It's always neat to learn about the history of people. Thanks again!
@A pet named Steve, If the letter was addressed to ‘Dear sir’ you should sign it ‘yours faithfully’. If you addressed it an individual by name, you can sign it ‘yours sincerely’.
We generally refer to Americans as Yanks (or Americans) if we’re not trying to be offensive, if that helps. 👍🏻
@Nellybert , it does help! Thanks very much ^^
@A pet named Steve, for what it’s worth, your current English grade won’t matter in 5 years, but your teacher sounds like the epitome of “Cs get degrees.”
@A pet named Steve, I prefer to be called a honky cracker, personally.
@HoorayFerSocks, my current English grade is actually super important... The most important I will ever have. All the grades / points I get in grade 11 and 12 will be counted in my Abitur, which I need to apply to Uni and for many Jobs (if I don't have enough points in total, I can't even take the Abitur exams but it's not that bad haha). If there's a bad english Grade in It, my chance for getting into my preferred uni or my preferred job get slimmed. Which sucks, since I had 1s and 1-2s (goes up to 6, which is the worst) all my previous years before, but now, where it really matters, I have a 3+, which is still good, but I know that I (as well as most of the other students in the class) deserve a lot better than that.
@A pet named Steve, I guess the extra 0 stood out to me because everything else was written so well lol. That is absolute horse shjt though, her job is to help all of you and instead abuses that power. I bet the idiot still thinks that university is a choice so not everyone should go, even though we all have to go in this day and age unless we’re in a trade. Sounds like you’re from the UK though so hopefully it’s different there.
@Silver6456, I'm from Germany, actually. University is not necessary here, but if you want to have a certain job that requires it, then there's no way around it, and I generally think going to uni is a good idea to keep all doors open, to say so.
@A pet named Steve, that makes sense. Do you know what you want to do yet or are you still figuring it out? And I never would’ve guessed Germany from how good your English is, so you can tell your teacher a random person on the internet endorses you lol
Is that just the tip of an ifunny watermark? *calls Moe