Expat. Short for Expatriate. It’s a common word used to describe foreigners living in different countries. I use it often and I’ve always been referred to as an expat. But expat is such an ugly word.
An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).
In short, expat is someone that left his/her country. The entire focus is on the leaving the home country than on going in to a new country and immersing oneself in a new culture. It almost sounds like a soft version of ‘betrayer.’ Maybe it’s just the word ‘ex’ that’s not so friendly. And also the fact that if you are an expat, you are no longer patriotic.
Look at these synonyms and tell me I’m wrong:
Moby Thesaurus words for "expatriate": DP, Ishmael, abstract, ban, banish, blackball, cast off, cast out, castaway, chuck, clear, clear away, clear out, clear the decks, cut, cut out, declasse, deport, derelict, disfellowship, displace, displaced person, dispose of, eject, elide, eliminate, emigrant, emigrate, emigre, eradicate, evacue, evacuee, evictee, exclude, excommunicate, exile, expel, expellee, extradite, flit, fugitate, get quit of, get rid of, get shut of, go from home, immigrant, immigrate, in-migrant, in-migrate, intermigrate, lag, leave home, leave the country, leper, liquidate, migrant, migrate, migrator, migratory worker, ostracize, oust, out-migrant, out-migrate, outcast, outcast of society, outcaste, outlaw, pariah, persona non grata, pick out, proscribe, purge, relegate, remigrate, remove, root out, root up, run, rusticate, send away, send down, send to Coventry, snub, social outcast, spurn, stateless person, strike off, strike out, swarm, take wing, throw over, throw overboard, thrust out, transmigrate, transport, trek, trekker, unacceptable person, undesirable, untouchable, weed out, wetback
We need a new word. The term is too outdated.