One of the interesting aspects of this virtual watercooler, and of the technology that makes it possible, is that place does not matter. Off the top of my head, besides Canada, we have Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom … and USA.
Elsewheresers are welcome to make that listing fuller. No intent to omit. With Brockers thus far in March spitting out an average of over 17,000 words per day, keeping track is a stretch.
It has to be pointed out that numbers and proximity and activity and reporting all contribute to putting Canada at the forefront of our situation.
This digressive opening is heading toward a tangent that has been percolating for a while now. Call the topic the lexicology of the general description. Specifically, what are the possibilities for designating US-connected persons who reside somewhere besides the United States?
The three organizations in the Links section of USxCanada InfoShop have gone for either abroad or overseas. Both of those terms have a temporary, away-from-home aura that seems irrelevant. “Overseas” sounds plain weird to anyone living in Canada. (“Overlakes” for a few of us, perhaps?) And “abroad” reeks of a circa 1900 idler class on the grand tour, or a college student taking advantage of an educational option.
Expatriate or a derivative like expat sounds either like a job advertisement in the Guardian or some 1920s bohemian. Exile may be where some are beginning to find themselves due to unwilled constraints, but the term is dramatic for the politics so far.
Foreign is so xenophobic. Think of all those poor little US government employees in the foreign service! By the way, my bank account is not foreign to me even if it does happen to be located in Canada. FBAR yourself!
Alien has a nice sci-fi quality, especially when applied to resident aliens encircled by some US border.
Outlander has a preposterous ring — and pairs well with the “homeland” established by the United States in the past decade or so. To be outlandish in present circumstances has definite appeal.
Negativity could generate a whole separate list, like nonparochial or anticolonial.
Coinage might provide something interesting like counterinsular or supraimperial.
So far, I find myself gravitating toward extraterritorial. For one thing, I have not noticed the US State Department or the IRS making any use of that word. For another, I can hear echoes of Huck Finn.