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Thread: using the term "locals"

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    speaking of cape cod natives............. i worked summers in college and years after college lifeguarding for the town of dennis on the cape. the cape residents HATED the term locals. (but that was in mid 70-s to 83)

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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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    But how many locals are natives? We have met locals that were born in Suriname, Venezuela and Mexico, all Aruban citizens.

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    Andrea, my family owned a cottage in West Dennis. When my parents retired my parents rebuilt the cottage into a year round home where they lived until they passed away. My sisters and I sold the house in 2010.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeaveTheKidsWithMom View Post
    But how many locals are natives? We have met locals that were born in Suriname, Venezuela and Mexico, all Aruban citizens.
    Depends what you mean by "native". From the old native indian population there is no direct lineage left. There are traces of it left though in some families. Current Arubans almost all of them have a grandparent or great grandparent from Venezuela, Netherlands or elsewhere. Its been that way for about a century at the very least.
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    Here's my take on "native" vs. "local":

    Native - someone born, raised, and living in their country of birth
    Local - someone who has taken up residence in a country, but not born and/or raised there
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    From a survey consisting of one person from Aruba. The term “native” seems to be offensive. “Local” seems to be more reasonable.
    Last edited by __steve__; 04-09-2018 at 10:03 AM.


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