As Jackie said, There are Newfies and those that wish they were. I am one who wishes he was and as I get more retired I think I will try and worm my way into Newfoundland so maybe I can become a Newfie by association.
Terry B. writes:
I to have served 21 yrs. in the Military, and traveled all over the world, and have been called "newfie " thousands, if not Millions of times , and for the most part is was said in a friendly manner but at times there has been a four letter word in frount of it , and in them cases especilly in my younger years. there was more the likely a fist thrown, immeditly after , by myself. but on the whole I consider the phrase a Compilement. and Proud to be a newfie till I die.
I am married into a Newfie family and the term is used freely. They are a proud people, love life and proud of being Newfoundlanders.
Bryan Freeman writes:
It took an act of parliament to get Canada to join Newfoundland in 1949. At that time I was a 5 1/2 year old Newfoundlander. I am still a Newfie at heart but I am also a Canadian. I'm very proud of being both.
I am a Newfie and proud of it. If you are from Australia, you are an Aussie. We have a lot of Newfies in Yellowknife and Proud Newfies at that.
I despise the term. Do a little research, and you soon learn that it has the same connotation as calling an African American a very disgusting and unacceptable "N" word. Guess people think it is still OK to be derogatory when referring to people from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Phoebe Rose writes:
And proud of it.....
Ron Bennett writes:
I am Newfie and love it. Love it so much I drew a picture of the First Newfie
Hilda Gilert writes:
Newfoundland born, have also lived in other provinces. Each province is distinctive,unique and beautiful.I'm a Canadian and proud to live in the best country in the world.
Peter Soucy writes:
Hate it - it's historically derogatory and it was always, at one time, used with negative intent. Like it or not, it's a permanently smudged term for many people. "Newfoundlander" offends no one - why not be safe and use that?
My Dad was from Newfie. To me it was always a place and the name of people who came from there. I got a chance to visit there with my Dad a couple of times and love my family there. He was the best and a Newfie to the end.
Heres one for you haters of the word Newfie. I hate the word mainlander, because I made a choice to live in NL and I call myself Newfoundlander By Choice. Judgement is terrible, everyone needs to bend a little .The world needs to feel love for themselves and there neighbour again. Embrace differences like a Newfies humor.
I love being called a Newfie,I am a true Newfie borned in 1946 so I'm A borned Newfie first.Canadian second.
Des Burke writes:
I have being living in B.C. for near forty four years now, but I was born in Newfoundland and Labrador and I am EXTREMELY proud to be a NEWFIE>
I'm not a Newfie, nor Canadian, but I'm married to a great Newfie. As an outsider who visits often(mostly in the summer, but not always) I love Newfoundland and its people. I have heard the term Newfie for many decades, rarely was it used in a demeaning term, but you have to tell those few they are an ignorant ass. Every country has some A-holes, don't let the few spoil an endearing term for a wonderful bunch of people.
Reid P writes:
I concur with Mr. Bown...too many people have a tendency to use it a condescending manner...ever heard of an Albertie, Manitobie??? Nope...I am a Newfoundlander
PROUD OF IT ,
I've personally heard the word used in a derogatory manner too many times in general conversation or in the telling of jokes to not feel a little uncomfortable with its use. The word is, and has been, used to refer to people that are less refined or not quite as smart as others and as such, technically, is a slur. I'm a proud Newfoundlander, and when a fellow Newfoundlander used the term "Newfie" in a positive way, I'm ok with it, but it's too often used in ignorance and insult by some folks from upalong for me to say I'm totally proud of it.
Calvin, I also served in the Military for 28 years and have been referred to as a Newfie by people from all Provinces. I've never taken offense to it and never will. I do believe that they intended to insult my intelligence but I always ignored them.
I don't find the word offensive. Who cares? I wouldn't dare compare it to the other six letter racial slur that begins with n.
No one has ever been lynched for being a Newfie.
You are what you are. There are Newfies and those who wish they were, plain and simple.
Doug Hicks writes:
A Newfie is what I am now and what I'll be when I die.
I love the Term Newfie and am proud to be one! From my experience it is a most positive, endearing and complimetary term, and when I use it to describe myself people know how proud I am to be a NEWFIE!
I am a Canadian, from the province of NL and a veteran having served in the Army.
The word Newfie was coined by a jackass out of no other province then Ontario.
There is another N word of Six letters that is now out of sync with our country, let's take the six letter word Newfie out, because both words are SINISTER.
Anita Dunn writes:
I have met people from all over the world. When I say I'm a Newfie a smile immediately lights up their face and a hand is extended for a hearty hello. Darn right I'm proud to be a Newfie!
David Bown writes:
I am a very proud NEWFOUNDLANDER living in Alberta. The term Newfie may seem innocent but is too often used in a derogatory sense. Most other innocuous racial nicknames have disappeared in our politically sensitive world...so should this one!
I am not a Newfoundlander, I live in Ontario, but Newfies that I that I know certainly don't mind, as they use the term theirselves. What's the big deal with people who mind it.Call me a Canuck, I don't care.
Charlie Stokes writes:
I love the term; other Canadians I bump into here in Central Florida (mostly folks from Ontario) I proudly tell them "Im a Newfie"
Doreen Turner writes:
proud of it...part of our sense of humour
I think its a HONOR to be called a NEWFIE!
Barbara Scott writes:
people need to lighten up i doesn-t change who you are