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    using the term "locals"

    i have always found it confusing.
    do the aruba residents find the term "locals" acceptable?

    years ago, someone used the term "locals" on another forum and was told that arubans hate that term and it was degrading.

    well, years have passed and i often wonder.

    i still try to use the words "aruba residents."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    i have always found it confusing.
    do the aruba residents find the term "locals" acceptable?

    years ago, someone used the term "locals" on another forum and was told that arubans hate that term and it was degrading.

    well, years have passed and i often wonder.

    i still try to use the words "aruba residents."
    Local is a geographic reference not a cultural one: the Dutch who live permanently in Aruba are also locals. Whoever said it's degrading obviously didn't understand the reference.

    Now, "natives", on the other hand...
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    Aruban people in general are so proud of Aruba I would "think" there would be pride in being known as a local. But, maybe that's just because I'm jealous!
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    A few years ago on another forum a newbie called in Andrea's words "Aruba residents" natives. OMG people were up in arms with the word natives. I call the those lucky to be living on the island "locals".

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    I tend to use the term local. Never gave much though to it as we routinely use the word here at home. Hopefully, it’s not offensive.
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    Local is a term I see used throughout the island on forms, surveys, applications, etc., so I don't think it's regarded as inappropriate...just MHO.



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    I too have always used the term "locals" and never thought it could be received poorly.









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    "Local" is the term I see a lot when reading the local news. In Diario, for instance: "no ta agradabel tanto pa turista y local."
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    Absolutely nothing the matter with the term local. Now go around calling everyone Dutch or better yet "makamba" and see how they take it
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    I remember the huge sense of pride with 'Cape Cod Natives' (born and raised on the cape) back in the 60's. Then over the years 'native' took on a negative connotation...!
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