Since Jap may turn out to be derogatory/offensive, what's an appropriate short form for Japanese/the Japanese language?
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Have you considered the possibility that there is no appropriate short form? There rarely is one. A let bygones be bygones situation like the one that allows the people of Great Britain and the United States of America license to refer to one another as Brits and Yanks is a rarity. Even when a people has its own in-group short name, it's usually along the lines of "us" or "the people", and it's not really appropriate for use outside of the group. Japanese isn't a terribly long word, so why not use it?
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I would just say "Japanese." It's only six letters longer, and far less offensive than "Jap."
What's worse, in American English, "JAP" sometimes has other connotations regrading Jewish Americans, which could make it doubly offensive.
Shouldn't the word Japan and Japanese also be regarded as offensive?
The English form of the Japanese word for Japan is Nippon.
However if you regard it as, "well Chinese/Japanese it's all the same" - then presumably it is offensive?
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