The 'Merica Fad
Have you ever heard someone use the phrase "'Merica"? How did it make you feel?
Some may be surprised to discover that this is actually a version of "America"; also known as the name of a country that prides itself on its pursuit of progress and intellectual inclinations. This origin of this phrase rears from the southern states, and is primarily used by those raised on southern slang.
The phrase also offers lots of inspiration for thematic purposes or any other opportunity to use the phrase to express one's ideals of "Freedom".
What caused me to examine this expression was its presence at Greer Middle College. All year long, and especially during Spirit Week, one can hear it being shouted at the most abrupt times.
Every year that I have attended GMC, there has been a Spirit Week day dedicated to all things "'merica". The repeated usage of this phrase indicates a certain level of popularity. To get to the bottom of the repetition of this confounding catchphrase, I decided to ask a couple students with varying opinions on the subject to give me some insight into its popularity.
Senior Amanda Montjoy offered some dynamic perspective on the phrase, and its repeated presence as a school theme.
"It's a universal concept that people love America; it's something we can rally behind." Since the phrase seems to derive from a region of the United States; it has morphed into not only an expression but a representation of political affiliation. Amanda Montjoy went on to explain an adverse effect of the phrase "'merica".
"… It becomes too political. It detracts from the appreciation of America and focuses on political views. I think people enjoy the shock value of carrying around a flag while wearing a Trump hat. There is a certain amount of respect you need to have for the name of your country."
Senior Sydney Spellman also offered some similar thoughts on the concept.
"Southerners use it so often that is just gets annoying. I think it's a saying representing American and southern pride. It gets annoying because when it's used for random things that don't even relate to America and aren't things to be proud of. Also, some people think it's a bit disrespectful to use the country's name as slang like that."
Under examination, the phrase holds a deeper value and, in my opinion, is not a mere expression of culture and humor; it relates to political ideals and national respect. Using the name of one’s country for comedic value is distasteful because it blatantly ignores those who find its usage contemptuous.