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Maybe it's just shorter than typing out "American." Like using the number 4 to replace "for" or simply a "u" in place of "you."

If you find yourself being offended or annoyed by this sort of thing you need to lay off the coffee. I'm neither defending nor decrying Internet vernacular but people do after all go to great lengths to save themselves from the burden of even the smallest extraneous efforts.
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