Expatriate is certainly appropriate as a choice for this week’s ‘Word Wednesday.’ Often shortened to ‘expat’ as in the name of this blog Expat in Bacolod.
Let’s see what Merriam-Webster has to say:
verb ex·pa·tri·ate \ek-ˈspā-trē-ˌāt\
Popularity: Top 30% of words
: banish, exile
: to withdraw (oneself) from residence in or allegiance to one’s native country
: to leave one’s native country to live elsewhere; also : to renounce allegiance to one’s native country
expatriate\ek-ˈspā-trē-ˌāt, -ət\ noun
Examples in a sentence
<members of the deposed dictator’s once-feared political party were expatriated as well>
Origin and Etymology of expatriate
Medieval Latin expatriatus, past participle of expatriare to leave one’s own country, from Latin ex- + patria native country, from feminine of patrius of a father, from patr-, pater father — more at father
First Known Use: 1768
deport, displace, exile, banish, relegate, transport
Am I exiled from my own country? Well, yes, I guess I am but voluntarily 🙂
Or as the Brit band Police sang “I’m an alien … in New York” but read Bacolod for NYC … I know, it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!
I’m content to be an alien, an expat, in this beautiful country. It has far more things going for it then against it. Return home? Not for me, ever.
Does that equate to renouncing allegiance to my native country? No way! I am proud to be British and will always remain so.
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