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People who think Manchester is a dump, and that Manchester United doesnt even belong to Manchester, dont count.
That's how it is, like it or not.
If you are being polite, and you know, then make the effort.
Lester, from my point of view this is a bit of a storm in a teacup, as most you use Man U don't mean it with disrespect, nor most who hear it do not interpret it with disrespect. But as you personally find it unfitting, I'll try to refrain from using it, although got to say its a very convenient abbreviation when typing. Also I do appreciate your comments on the other thread stating is was not the appropriate place for the debate, and bringing it over here.
I can't use Manchester United, its just too long, sorry. And, Utd, is of course much shorter, but think that might be offensive, or belittling to others supporters to assume you lot are the only United out there. So while Man Utd might be the better option, please don't be offended if I get really lazy and just put in MU, or slip back to what I've always known and used, Man U.
Only other point, if you are looking to start a campaign to ensure correct usage of the club name, and appropriate abbreviation when its necessary, you might have to go a bit further than the London based press. Out of curriosity I just typed in Man U into Google to see what news articles came up, and the first two were from Africa (Zimbabwe) and Australia. You may not like it, but it seems this particular abbreviation is catching on.
Butch (muppet weazel) is also
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and his cleverist fake ID yet now confirmed along with the others...
all Butch, all confirmed, all very sad - remember that and stop chasing your own tail Slayer
Only the Real Shadow knows muhahahaha
"right or wrong" , your point is that London, and as a result the rest of the country, have now decided that Man Utd is now called Man U, and if you dont like it then hard luck. I refuse to accept that, as does every other serious, Manchester based United fan I've ever spoken to.
The only reason I brought this up again, other than finally cracking on the Hillsborough issue, was that I thought Dave would like to know. I really dont know whats so difficult about it. He can probably inform his brother about it I guess.
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"right or wrong" , your point is that London, and as a result the rest of the country, have now decided that Man Utd is now called Man U, and if you dont like it then hard luck."
No, I haven't said that. What I say is that "Man U" is a short convenient abbreviation and so many people use it. It's easier to say and write than any other abbreviation I can think of. That's all. I see no offence in it and neither do the vast majority of other people who use it, and the vast majority of United fans. You know this very well and yet you seem determined to take offence from it. That is your problem.
I would have more respect for your point of view if (i) you were more polite in explaining why it may be considered offensive and asking that people not it, and (ii) if you yourself weren't so derogatory and offensive about my club. As it is, the person who I have felt most persuasive on this is actually an Arsenal fan.
Lester, I agree with you on this. Its a 'london' effect, no-one any where else in the world that I have spoken to , uses this term.
Its particularly galling when the excuse of 'its just an abbreviation' doesn't stand scrutiny when a lot of the same London people deliberately put an extra word in front of their club's name, 'the' Arsenal.
Whatever anyone says its just an attempted 'put-down'.