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Maurlin  (Level: 221.6 - Posts: 2718)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 7:41 AM


HELP! I'm working on a quiz, and I need to know what whether "British" or "English" is the all-inclusive term for the UK, or whether the two words are interchangable.

Cymru  (Level: 73.5 - Posts: 108)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 8:29 AM

Hi Maurlin, I come from Great Britain so i am British. But i was born and live in Wales so i am Welsh. Welsh/British.I don't like being called English. English People come from England. Stick to British and everyone over here will be happy.Hope this helps.Good luck with the quiz.
Best wishes

Maurlin  (Level: 221.6 - Posts: 2718)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 8:33 AM

Thanks! It has helped...I'm launching my BRITISH quiz now.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 8:41 AM

Pretty much anyway. The Scots I know don't like to be called Brits, but it's technically accurate, Scotland being (however reluctantly) part of the island of Great Britain. It would be worth your life to go into a Glasgow pub and call someone English! The Irish are not British unless they're English immigrants and consider themselves so.

Nickdanger  (Level: 164.7 - Posts: 62)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 9:49 AM

Yeah, but surely nobody wants to be called UKish...


Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3848)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 9:57 AM

Would the Queen's English be out of line??? Z---i------n------------g!!!

Cymru  (Level: 73.5 - Posts: 108)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 11:02 AM

Believe me us Celts would rather be called absolutely anything other than English!

Geophile  (Level: 168.4 - Posts: 1553)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 11:36 AM

Too funny, Cymru! My son in law is that way.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 11:50 AM

British is fine as a general term encompassing people from wales, england and scotland. BUT (and I cannot stress this enough) DO NOT USE ENGLISH, English means, from england.

Interestingly, in mainland Europe, when i have been into a shop or something and they hear me speaking English, they always ask if I am English, Nope I say, I am Scottish and they always seem to love Scottish people and things.

But as to the original post, stick with British and you will be fine.
Use Englis, Scottish or Welsh if it is about that country or it is about a person from that country that is easily identifiable with them.

So example, Welsh singer Tom Jones
Scottish Football team, Glasgow Rangers.
English Hooligans (sums it up really)

Cymru  (Level: 73.5 - Posts: 108)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 12:09 PM

You forgot Guiness drinkers- Irish

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 12:19 PM

Cymru, yeah, well Northern Irelans and not the republic of ireland which isnt part of the United Kingdom. Arguably it is not part of Britain as Britain is the island of scotland, wales and england.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Wed, 28th Mar '07 5:26 PM

........Awaiting the Surreyman comment!

I got a bit steamed when some Americans have asked me what part of England I was from when I was in the States: They had yet to figure a real Australian accent beyond Croc Dundee and Steve Irwin!


Markieboy  (Level: 271.4 - Posts: 198)
Thu, 29th Mar '07 4:20 AM

However to further confuse things Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all part the group of islands know as the British Isles, which includes all the islands in and around the two main islands.....

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Thu, 29th Mar '07 8:06 AM

Making you a Scottish Brit, or a British Scot?

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Fri, 30th Mar '07 9:16 PM

Yeah, well... When I went to Ireland in 86, and they heard I was from Dallas Tx, they all asked if I knew the actor that plays JR Ewing Personally, and what it was like to own so many horses.....

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2123)
Sun, 1st Apr '07 1:41 PM

Smokie ... I think that makes Markieboy "Scotch". [Insert big trouble-making grin here.]

Just being funny ...

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