"Argentine" or "Argentinian"


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The people are Argentines, the dance is Argentine tango.

As far as I know, Argentinian isn't ever used for anything.
argentine is a noun, but in the UK we use Argentinean as the adjective. Example: Agentinean "star" Carlos Tevez at West Ham. Argentinean Warship the Belgrano etc. US and UK standard English have differing systems for things like that i think.


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More importantly, imo, is that the Argentines use "Argentine" as an adjective. Well, not really. Argentino...closer to "argentine" than "argentinian." And easier to type and say.


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Yeah I've only heard the British say 'Argentinian.' A ballroom nimrod around here who thinks he's in the know teaches 'Argenteenian' tango, and straight from the DVIDA videos no less.

But then again, he uses double negatives and says ain't all the time. :doh:
Interesting, didn't know it was a British thing and had kind of wondered about it myself. I think I would say "Argentinian". But probably "Argentine tango" as a phrase.
It is 'Argentine Tango' because it is called "Argentine tango" by us to differentiate it from ballroom Tango. In Argentina they don't call it Argentine Tango, they call it "Tango" because it doesn't need a qualifier.

What we call things from other countries comes from what we call the countries for example we don't call french things "francais" or German things "Deutsch". Like I said though it is a historical thing I know people who still say "Rhodesian". In the US you are almost entirely immigrant populations so it seems more natural that groups would refer to things in their original language out of habit, or find something as close as possible to it. But I would imagine if you spoke to an old Virginia family they would use the Anglicised version.

BTW has anyone heard Carlos Tevez's band?? I want to know if it would be entertaining to use his songs at a Milonga as a cortina or something. It's not Tango music as far as I know...
I don't think "Argentine" is closer than "Argentinian" to the Spanish "Argentino". In writing sure, but spoken the British version is surely closer.

... unless you pronounce the "-tine" [ti:n] rather than [tain]???

Shall we have a British vs US English contest? :)


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I live in TX and have never heard Argentinean used here in any of the cities I've gone to dance or have class...hmmm, intruiging. The only time I have ever heard it used was watching a British "Dancing with the Stars" type show. Mostly, I just say Tango, as anyone who knows me knows I don't mean ballroom. If I think I need to qualify it, then I say Argentine.
:D So many replies...

I think I use Argentine, or "AT", or "Tango" - depends, I guess.

Personally, I'd rather call it "Tango", and let the Ballroom Tango-ers distinguish themselves from the original rather than the other way around, but that's probably just being petty.

Interesting info about the British / American English difference, however, thanks for that.
isn't a difference we both call it Agentine Tango because the whole thing is a noun.
It's the descriprive form that is different. argentine tango danced by argentinean dancers.
and what's with pronouncing nuclear "noocleer" or "noocular"? but that may be just Bush because he don't understand the words he's reading off the autocue...

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