Etymology of Phrase Ugly American

Etymology of Phrase Ugly American
Mark says, the term “Ugly American” should be against the rules of acceptable use, I do not know, maybe they call it the TOS, terms of service. I was telling him on a call that I am going to write something again about the Book and Movie called
“The Ugly American.”

The quandary of whether this term should be included in now has my attention first, is it fair game to use this term in Wiki? There are two links on the Encyclopedia site, one of for the book and the other is for the term.

Mark says,
“The term “Ugly American” should not be in Wiki.”
I laugh,
“The Wiki is full of Germans who want to get back at the USA.”

Well, this is good; the Wiki does have Euro Trash.

It does not have “Brits Abroad.” or “Canadian Flag Wavers,” or the best yet, “Germans in Rubber Pants.” Gee, it should include for sure the “Brits Abroad.”

All these phrases are analogous to the “Ugly American,” in usage, I use them all the time, I for sure use Euro Trash, I enjoy stereotypes, it dis-enables the power the European mental midgets believe they have over me… People call you a name, you defend yourself, but the only true way is quid pro quo, you need to give them back the same.

I more or less decided about five years ago, I had enough of my what I call my “Mean Older Brother.” I truly have no need to associate with the “Brits Abroad,” who have a chronic case of “Take the Piss,” truly an annoying idiosyncrasy and prevalent in “Brits Abroad.”



The Encarta dictionary defines "Ugly American" as stereotypical offensive American: a loud, boorish, nationalistic American, especially one traveling abroad, who is regarded as conforming to a stereotype that gives Americans a bad reputation.

In contrast, defines "the Ugly American" as: Pejorative term for Americans traveling or living abroad who remain ignorant of local culture and judge everything by American standards.

Fun stuff this “Ugly American” term and closely related to racism, but not the same. Anyone who uses the terms the “Ugly American” needs to take great care, or they will expose just how stupid they are, I can tell instantly whether they have read the book.

Why am I talking about this, well, the stereotype of loud, boorish Americans does exist. There are archetypes for this behavior in a few major groups.

1. US Military Abroad
2. United States Embassy People.
3. Non Governmental Agencies
4. Missionaries from USA
5. The lovely youth of the USA going to Europe as Backpackers.

The Etymology of the Archetypes that created these stereotypes is my muse; I need to visit more and more countries until I know how the world works… Hehehe.

TMI - Too Much Information

Use this phrase the “Ugly American” with great care, if you are going to use it, please read the book and watch the movie first. I just purchased the Movie on, I have been waiting for years to see this movie by accident, and I am forcing the issue.

I feel and believe “a truly ugly person” is a person who does not know, who thinks they know, more or less they talk in an authoritative voice when it should be passive. (Probably describes me.)

Hmm, note that is truly bad manners to make generalized stereotypical comments directly at one person. This implies that the person encapsulates the stereotype. It is not acceptable to sit around with Brits talking about “Brits Abroad.” On the other hand, I am not prone to sitting around with Brits unless they can be proper, have some good form and stop “Taking the Piss.”

Someday, I will understand more about the Stereotype of Germans in Rubber pants, and why this is a stereotype. I will wait until Wiki decides to include, all if fair game when we start down this slippery path.

Jack a Canadian told me the best advice,
“Andy, remember, many countries lost wars to the USA, they want payback.”

I am going to watch the movie on about October 25, I will then revisit this subject with more zest, armed with more and more stereotypes misuse, abuse and provoke you brain from sleep mode to run, many of you are sleeping, wake up, feel the flowers.

There is nothing better to wake a sleeping brain than to use words in a twisted manner, truly a joy to a person who wants to talk. Truly an annoyance when the PC Police - "Politically Correct Police" catch us. Heaven forbid I misspell a word, that would be a sin, or include a sentence fragment, you would have to take your mind of cruise, step on the brake, wake up!

Etymology of Phrase Ugly American