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Dear teachers and friends...
People usually call foreigners colloquially as outsiders... I'd like to know if there are any other synonyms with such word.
Does 'outsider' sound offensive?
The word "foreigner," which means a person who is from a country that is not your own, can't be used in place of "outsider."
1 a person who is not accepted as a member of a society, group, etc.: Here she felt she would always be an outsider.
2 a person who is not part of a particular organization or profession: They have decided to hire outsiders for some of the key positions. To an outsider it may appear to be a glamorous job.
3 a person or an animal taking part in a race or competition that is not expected to win: The race was won by a 20-1 outsider. To everyone’s surprise, the post went to a rank outsider (= a complete outsider).
Are there any dictionaries which say that outsider means a person who is from a country that is not your own?
Last edited by Daruma; 12-Jun-2009 at 04:14.
"outsider" is not very offensive, but it's certainly not a warm or welcoming term.
Actually, I don't think that English speakers often refer to foreigners as "outsiders".
2...I'm not sure what you mean by people who are just "stopping by". Do you mean tourists/visitors?
3...People who move to a new country are immigrants. But the term immigrant carries a negative connotation because many people are prejudiced against people who are different than they are.
Newcomer or new Canadian, for example, are much friendlier terms.
4...I can't think of a word that is a synonym specifically for foreigners who are excluded form something.
Alright... I think I have the question now:
Is there any word (slang, pejorative word or something) that people use to call tourists?