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The person who complained about the street name in Halifax is an idiot.

The person who complained about the street name in Halifax is an idiot.

I have only been connected, by choice, with Newfoundland since 1960, however, I have a son and daughter who are Newfies.

They don’t find it offensive one little bit to be called a Newfie.

They are proud to be Newfies.

I am a dual citizen, U.S.A. and Newfie.

Oh yes, as it was after 1949, I suppose I should say “and Canada,” but I prefer Newfie.

The complainer in Halifax should find something else to occupy her time such as watching a dog shed hair or watching paint dry. 

It would be better than showing that she’s crass.

George C. Hill

Orange Park, Fla./Heart’s Content

Geographic location: Halifax, Newfoundland, Canada

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  • Actual Newfie
    October 16, 2013 - 11:23

    You're not a Newfie.. Don't use that word. It's offensive coming from a mainlander like you. Just because you have ties here doesn't mean you're from here.

  • Maggy Carter
    October 16, 2013 - 09:53

    Your letter, Mr. Hill, shows far more crassness than anything we've seen from the critics of the word Newfie. The fact that a writer might disagree with you doesn't make them an "idiot". It's nice you like Newfoundland and Labrador and that you had a couple of children born here, but that doesn't make you a good judge of this issue. There are many people from this province and elsewhere who undoubtedly see it as a term of endearment. There are also those who use it or interpret it as a dismissive or derogatory term. Since Confederation, many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have felt victimized by an upper Canadian attitude that was, at best, condescending toward this province and its inhabitants. Our political and economic history since 1949 gives ample testament to the shoddy manner in which the province has been treated by our national government in particular. That treatment added to a pervasive sense of second class citizenry to which the word Newfie, for many people, is inextricably linked. Whether a term is pejorative is sometimes evident from the context in which it was used. You might not feel slighted if I call you a yank, but for some Americans - and indeed some Canadians - it is not a term of endearment.

  • Cashin Delaney
    October 16, 2013 - 04:52

    I read Bill Westcott's sobering letter about nothing, and remarked it must be a slow week. Now, The Telegram has decided to print this newfie rubbish again, no doubt excluding some other letter to the editor about Canada-China FIPA, or some other boring, critical issue. Did we not cover this newfie silliness from every angle already? It is offensive that editors insist on hammering on this. Is Jerome Kennedy a Newfie Alcoholic, or a Canadian Lawyer? Who cares.