Top message: Who's Canadian by micky69ca
Replying to: Re: is canuck a putdown or a description? by .Dylan
In practice, we use the term more as a point of pride. We are all Canucks. Whereas stateside the 'N word' is a point of division. It's one of those 'us against them' things.
Another telling historical usage of the term is 'Johnny Canuck', which originated as a caricature personification of Canada in political cartoons, kind of like the US 'Uncle Sam' or England's 'John Bull'. A superhero comic book by the same name (in similar vein to Captain America, though without actual super powers) emerged in WWII.
The Canuck was also the name of a Canadian made long-range interceptor in the 1950's, and Canadian versions of the Curtiss Jenny biplane trainer of WWI vintage.
There is a distinct possibility that it was originally intended to be a pejorative term, conjured up by Americans in the same vein as the N Word and 'Injun'. But history has long since robbed it of any insulting connotations. That said, I have personally had Americans call me it with the intent of the term being insulting. Some of them are just a little confused about the world, I guess.
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