Thursday, November 7, 2013

ugly American: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Thursday, November 7, 2013

ugly American
The term “ugly American”—used to describe boorish people from the US insensitive to those in other countries—bothers fans of the 1958 novel The Ugly American, whose title character was actually sensitive and thoughtful—he just looked ugly. The popularizers of this phrase hadn’t read the book, and judged its message too quickly by its title.

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