I interrupt my regularly scheduled thesis-writing to ask:
What is up with use of the term "Krauts" to describe Germans? Is this offensive?
I know nothing about it, but my instinctual reaction is that it sounds terribly offensive and dismissive. I see it now and again used on otherwise okay blogs, sometimes by the bloggers themselves or in stories they tell where someone else who has lived here before uses the term. I'm always a little surprised and disgusted, and afterward I can't take anything the Kraut-sayer says seriously. It gives me the impression of a person who has rejected a whole culture with a big brush, doesn't want to be here/didn't want to be here, and therefore probably doesn't have much in the way of worthwhile commentary on life in Germany. Or probably on anything else either. I wish people who are such haters would just stay in the US and not spread their crap around, as it doesn't seem they're going to learn anything by going abroad.
Or am I totally overreacting and this word has just become a term of endearment?