The thread on passports and places of birth, and specifically the mention of being a “native Texan” reminded me of a question I got a while back that I couldn’t answer. Someone asked me if I’m a native Californian–although I was born in California, my parents moved soon after and I didn’t grow up here. So I felt somehow it wouldn’t be completely accurate to claim to be a native, even though it might be true by the dictionary definition. But I would feel even less sure of saying that I’m a native of the state I grew up in, because, well, I wasn’t born there! So I was left feeling like I’m not really a native of any place, which is somewhat dissatisfying but what can you do. I’m still not sure how to answer the question without adding “technically…” or something.
What do you think? Maybe I’m over-thinking it and it really is just a matter of a dictionary definition, but I’m not sure.