• keepthepace
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    4 months ago

    Sorry, non-native here, but isn’t “alien” a synonym to “non-citizen” in American English?

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      4 months ago

      Technically. But it’s definitely not polite. It’s a bit like “retard” in that it used to be the terminology but it was used derogatorily so often that that connotation took over.

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      4 months ago

      I’m also non native but I always hear it only from right wing people so I assumed that is at least a bit derogative