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I was watching Addams family yesterday. During the dinner in the "cave" Gomez said about Uncle Fester, that he is continental person.

I understand that English people talking about Europeans as continental. But what does that mean, taking into account that this is American movie?

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In the US, they refer to Europe as "the Continent" - as in the continent of Europe. It is a reference to the fact the the US has one (English-speaking (oh, OK, and French-speaking)) country to the North (Canada), and a Spanish-speaking country (Mexico) to the South - in stark comparison to the melange of languages and cultures in Europe.

"Continental" is (was?) used as an adjective to describe a level of higher culture than the plebeian culture of America.

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  • Sounds like a correct answer! Uncle Fester was (is) able to speak 12 languages. – V.G. Nov 30 '16 at 10:27

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