Shamerican: Because ‘expat’ is SO 2008

Posted on September 25, 2009 by yankeebean

yankeebeanJust a short post to announce one of the finest new terms I’ve heard to describe us expats in all of our feisty, out-spoken glory.

Sha-mer-i-can [shuh-mare-ih-caan] (noun)

An American that is not currently living in America.  “Yankeebean move to the UK in 2004 and she’s been shamerican every since!”

Thanks goes out to Peacefulyorkshire’s dude, Mr Chill for coining this term!  I did ask him where he got his inspiration and he said something like, “It just describes you both perfectly.  You’re not American – you’ve left America – you’re shamerican”

Hahaha!  Classic.  I prefer it over ‘expat’ any ol’ day – bring it on!

Oh, and what happens when an English person no longer lives in England?

They’re shenglish.

The pondering of the word and makings of  Shamerican? Click here

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  3. Expat Mum September 25, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Oh I’m so glad you came up with the Uk title. Shexpat was sounding a little too salacious!

  4. peacefulyorkshire September 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Glad you posted as this has been a household word for us for a while now! Although Mr. Chill and I have been debating whether it is for anyone American outside of America (as in tourists could be Shamerican too ) or if it is only reserved for Expats living abroad… I rooted for the latter….

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