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    Politically correct?

    I taught high school World History for 25yrs. I am somewhat of an Anglophile, and espically intrested in the Plantagenets and Tudors. I have always refered to your island as Great Britian and your people as British. Is this politically correct? Of course I also call that city in Turkey, Constantinople. Capt david

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    Quote Originally Posted by captdavid View Post
    I have always refered to your island as Great Britian
    Yes, though the usual spelling is Britain


    Quote Originally Posted by captdavid View Post

    and your people as British.
    Given the influx from the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia then more recently the EU migrants from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, plus of course the asylum seekers from anywhere at all (even those whose applications for asylum are rejected seem to manage to stay on), it is open to debate whether the people can any longer be called British.

    We do however, for the purpose of preserving the native stock, have laws against releasing non-native species of deer.

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    Our Island is indeed called Great Britain. The term United Kingdom refers to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    There are a hardcore of people who do not like to be called British. These tend to be Nationalists and look on themselves as English, Scots, Welsh or Irish.
    We are all however British wether some like it or not.
    Yorkie.

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    Sorry, that was a typo.

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    As a 'nation' yes, it is Britain and British.
    CpatainDavid, I'm sure that you didn't intend to do so, but you may have opened up an old 'argument' regarding whether we are English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish.
    Personally, (I'm not 'hardcore') I consider myself to be English; England, as stated, is a country in and of itself, which exists within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
    'Great Britain' is in essence an adminstrative title which came into when the English Kings 'defeated' the other nations of this island, and took their lands for themselves.
    I may be wrong, but isn't that a similar thing to America, originally, each state considering itself to be 'sovereign' ie. a country in its own right?

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    This is always an interesting one, especially in Ireland where some people have strong feelings.

    I think the confusion often occurs between the physical geography and the political geography. The British Isles are the two main islands of Great Britain and Ireland plus a range of other smaller islands in the same general area. Great Britain is the big island, hence the name, and so only includes England, Scotland and Wales. Purely in terms of physical geography I'd guess anyone living anywhere on those islands could be said to be British though some people, especially those in Ireland, might not care for this.

    So, there are British people outside of the island of Great Britain.

    I guess this is similar to the North American situation where people in the USA and Canada might both be referred to as American on the basis of physical geography but the political geography puts them in different countries.
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    I don't care how many migrants there is.

    Any one born within the united kindom of great britan and northern Ireland is BIRTISH. this also covers the Queens subjects in places like the Falkland islands.

    As for nationality!
    I am a english man living and born in the ancient kingdom of Wessex.
    It is safe to say that there is almost no native britains.

    As we have been a mongrel island for a very, very long time.

    Ever since the last ice age in fact.

    The British gene is shared with southern Spain and France. As the ice receded and more ground was exposed the migration from those areas pushed further north.

    Even the monarchy is not native as the bloodline. is not a direct lineage from the ancient kingdoms.
    Last edited by Simjim33; 27-01-2013 at 10:10.

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    Don,t forget the Cornish,

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    I am a pure bred English man (can trace my direct line back to the year 923) who lives in Great Britain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simjim33 View Post
    I don't care how many migrants there is.

    Any one born within the united kindom of great britan and northern Ireland is BIRTISH. this also covers the Queens subjects in places like the Falkland islands.

    As for nationality!
    I am a english man living and born in the ancient kingdom of Wessex.
    It is safe to say that there is almost no native britains.

    As we have been a mongrel island for a very, very long time.

    Ever since the last ice age in fact.

    The British gene is shared with southern Spain and France. As the ice receded and more ground was exposed the migration from those areas pushed further north.

    Even the monarchy is not native as the bloodline. is not a direct lineage from the ancient kingdoms.
    Whats BIRTISH is that the new description of the population of ENGLAND.

    A dog born in a stable is not a horse that is some peoples way of thinking.
    Too Old Soon Too Late Smart

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