One thing I have found with being on the Inter­net for ten years is a ten­den­cy for a US-cen­tric web. The usage of words such as “for­eign” and “inter­na­tion­al” (as in “our inter­na­tion­al vis­i­tors” or “we offer con­tent in for­eign lan­guages”) are often used to mean “not USA”.

I do not think this is an appro­r­i­ate usage. After all, the USA would be for­eign and inter­na­tion­al to some­one in Chi­na or Argenti­na. I think a bet­ter term would sim­ply use what is meant: non-USA.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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