Monday, 27 August 2012

Word for admirer of American culture?


There does not seem to be an agreed term as you can see from the number of Google references here:

yankophile 945
americanophile 716
americophile 233
americaphile 150
usaphile 14
usphile 1

Contrast this with the situation for lovers of French, English, Chinese or Japanese culture
anglophile 102,000, francophile 84,700, japanophile 20,400, sinophile 3450
Why is this? Snobbery, perhaps - a 'new' culture looked down on by traditional ones? Or pure prejudice? Casual anti-Americanism is often indulged where  where other forms of bigotry are socially unacceptable. Or is it just linguistically awkward - americaphile really isn't a pretty word.

You might want to check out: 
The New American Century
Alistair Cooke's America

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