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British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:24 AM Reply

Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:26 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:24 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?

I bet scottish people would love it to be called "english".


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:26 AM Reply

British, because it is right term.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:26 AM Reply

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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:27 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:24 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?

British=someone from The UK
English=someone from England (which is a country within The UK)

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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:39 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:27 AM, zag wrote:
At 7/30/12 02:24 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?
British=someone from The UK
English=someone from England (which is a country within The UK)

Hope this helped.

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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:43 AM Reply

Generally only English folk are ok with being called 'British'. I doubt you'll ever find a Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irishman who will call themselves British or be ok with you calling them British.

Which is fair enough considering that most Americans and such think of Bitish people as English people exclusively. Because they're silly.

I'm English though.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 02:50 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:43 AM, Gagsy wrote: Generally only English folk are ok with being called 'British'. I doubt you'll ever find a Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irishman who will call themselves British or be ok with you calling them British.

Which is fair enough considering that most Americans and such think of Bitish people as English people exclusively. Because they're silly.

I'm English though.

Well, to be fair, you Brits call us Yanks, yet that term is only correct for those who live above the Mason-Dixon line.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 03:04 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:50 AM, knightsofthecircle wrote:
Well, to be fair, you Brits call us Yanks, yet that term is only correct for those who live above the Mason-Dixon line.

Ah touche. But that is more like a slang thing, like how we call the French 'frogs' and New Zealanders 'kiwis'. We know that you're Americans, that the French are French and etc. We just like our slang terms for other nations. I think though when Americans refer to English as British it really is because they think that is correct. Not judging, it technically is but they forget the other 3 nations. Like that wholeBritish accent belief. No such thing of course as each of our nations have completely different accent but Americans tend to believe that a middle classed southern English accent they see on their tvs is actually called a British accent.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 03:10 AM Reply

Who fucking cares I will call them what I wish


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 03:10 AM Reply

I always say British just because it sounds better/prettier than English does. It's more fun to say.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 03:21 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:24 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?

They prefer their own nationality and like to be called as such. It's very rare that you'll find someone from Scotland or Wales that considers themselves British, though they are whether they like it or not.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 03:36 AM Reply

British, seems like a good generic term.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 04:16 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 03:04 AM, Gagsy wrote:
At 7/30/12 02:50 AM, knightsofthecircle wrote:
Well, to be fair, you Brits call us Yanks, yet that term is only correct for those who live above the Mason-Dixon line.
Ah touche. But that is more like a slang thing, like how we call the French 'frogs'

Lmao, seriously?


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 06:14 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 04:16 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Lmao, seriously?

Yes.

Also we refer to Germans as Krauts.

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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 06:18 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:24 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?

British because its the only term for the people of the United Kingdom.

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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 06:36 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 06:14 AM, yurgenburgen wrote:
At 7/30/12 04:16 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Lmao, seriously?
Yes.

Also we refer to Germans as Krauts.

Correct. On the other hand, we like to call the brits "island apes". Which really isn't any more polite than calling someone "Krauts", heh.

But oh well, England isn't even a country anyway. :P
(And to back that up: England has no sovereignty. There's no English Parliament, but only a Parliament of the United Kingodm, which is based in London. Of course that also means that neither Scotland, nor Wales nor Northern Ireland are countries, since the Parliament of the United Kingdom has power over their territory as well. However, the United Kingdom is a country, since it has: a) territory, b) people living there c) a parliament that has power over the territory)


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 06:44 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:24 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?

English, the UK isn't limited to just England, man.

I'm from Northern Ireland and there's a lot of people here who'd be really upset with you if you called them British, and even more who would get violent because of it. Dunno if you've ever heard of this stuff before, but on the 12th of July, you can bet there's going to be riots across Northern Ireland because of stuff to do with that.

Irish or British, it doesn't matter to me. I just wish most people here kept it to themselves so there wouldn't be so much violence.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 06:57 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 06:44 AM, IrishGun wrote: I'm from Northern Ireland and there's a lot of people here who'd be really upset with you if you called them British, and even more who would get violent because of it.

Yeah but theres a lot of people who would get mad if you didnt call them British. Its pretty complicated.

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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 07:01 AM Reply

I believe they want to be called Humans.

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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 07:02 AM Reply

not only do americans love butchering languages, they also love calling shit the wrong thing because it "sounds better".


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 07:09 AM Reply

They like to be called Americans because it reminds them how proud they are to have created such a beautiful country.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 07:16 AM Reply

Either/or. As long as you know I'm a classy son of a bitch and bring me some more tea.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 07:53 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 06:57 AM, BumFodder wrote: Yeah but theres a lot of people who would get mad if you didnt call them British. Its pretty complicated.

Yeah, it's about half and half. I've been to a very, very Protestant town before, can't remember its name, but I do remember the dozens of Union Jacks over every house and how a good third of the grass was a smoldering pit filled with burnt wood and broken beer bottles. They must've had a huge bonfire, it was disgusting to even look at.

Plus there's apparently an illegal pub there that gets a lot of business but the police aren't allowed to do anything about it because people might think they're siding with Catholics rather than being neutral. It sounds like a pretty messed up town, I'm just glad I don't live there.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 08:02 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 03:10 AM, Halberd wrote: Who fucking cares I will call them what I wish

We won't have to worry about it anymore if that island sinks into the ocean like fucking Atlantis.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 08:26 AM Reply

At 7/30/12 02:24 AM, DevinArcane wrote: Which term do the people of the United Kingdom prefer?

This video pretty much explains it all.

TL:DR:

The United Kingdom are four separate nations that have unity but with their own separate governing bodies within them similar to that of the United States. The full name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which consist of:
England (English)
Scotland (Scotland)
Wales (Welsh)
Northern Ireland (N Irish)

Great Britain consists of:
Scotland
England
Wales

So either way it's irrelevant. You can call yourself English or British and it amounts to the same thing.

I recall having an argument with a woman in America or Canada (can't remember which) who thought Britain was just England and Ireland didn't exist.


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Response to British or English? Jul. 30th, 2012 @ 10:20 AM Reply

When I say British I usually refer to English people.Even if Great Britain consists of Wales and Scotland too,I would call them Welsh and Scottish.I guess they would be annoyed if they were called British.


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