Before moving here, I was well aware of the ongoing debate between Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state and Puerto Rico seeking to gain its independence. It was with this sensitivity that I would ask locals whether it was impolite to refer to the great mass of land to the north as the US or if I should call it something else to acknowledge that Puerto Rico is part of the US. Everyone I spoke to said the same thing: We are American but we consider ourselves Puerto Rican. We also call it the US. Anyone who gets snooty about it is being overly sensitive.
In the month I have lived here, I have not encountered one person who has taken my reference to the US as a slight. It should come as no shock that the only ones who take offense aren’t from here and take up the cause just for the love of snark. Writing this post is a necessity because I plan on living here for the foreseeable future. Also, I do not feel like having to do the not that there’s anything wrong with that equivalent of I get that Puerto Rico is part of the US each time I reference a comparison between the mainland and this island.