I see the term Expat all over different Web Sites; I thought I knew what it meant, yet I still looked it up to know for sure. After reading the definition, I found out why I’ve not referred to myself as an Expat.
Taken from: Merriam-Webster Dictionary, exile
2: to withdraw (oneself) from residence in or allegiance to one’s native country
: To leave one’s native country to live elsewhere also: to renounce allegiance to one’s native country
I read it over and over and found nothing that I thought was flattering to me, although not all definitions were that bad. But! I’m a Foreigner, a Kano, a Hey Joe, Paul, Knuckle Head, and many other things that I’ve been called, But Expat?
So there it is, I’ve said it, the cats out of the bag, and it’s now in the light of day. This opinion only applies to me, not to any of the many fine and honorable Expats that reside in countries all over the World. (See how I covered myself there?)
The reason I choose to write about this subject at this time is I felt it was my turn to put the stick into the Bee Hive and stir things up. Like others before me, with subjects such as, “Eating Dogs”,” Giving up Citizenship” or being an “Average Joe”, and others.
Thought provoking subjects that brings out the best in us, and disagreement, debate, donnybrooks, or just small brouhaha’s, which are good for the human condition. (Synonyms are a wonderful thing)
I stand by my ranting, I won’t back down, and it’s my opinion and I’m stickin’ too it If you agree, fine, if not take, your best shot, tell me how wrong I am, knock me of my shaky perch. Sic the dogs on me (not the ones you’ve consumed), take me down a peg. But please don’t hurt me and or say unkind things about me.
I had put this definition on the LIP Forum and took a couple of mild dings over it, but now, I want that full blown train wreck. I’m just out to incur wrath. Well that’s not 100% true I also tiring hard to get this up to 500 words so it will be published.
Ok, Bob, I owe you 105 words.