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Are you British or English, Scotish, Welsh or Nothern Irish

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by [email protected], 16 Oct 2021.

  1. [email protected]


    Joined: 30 Nov 2005

    Posts: 12,201

    I dislike the term British and would rather be given the option to identify as English but most official forms don't allow this. Does anyone else feel the same?

    English first, British second.

    Anyone can claim to be British it seems now days!
  2. Ahleckz


    Joined: 7 Nov 2009

    Posts: 18,739

    Location: Glasgow

    When abroad, and people ask, I say I’m from Scotland and people are certainly more welcoming and always have a negative thing to say about the English. I think the stereotype that they don’t travel well is certainly based in a bit of reality.
    When someone asks about my strange accent I say I was born in England, grew up overseas but have been in Scotland for most of my life.

    Overall, I guess I’m British but don’t feel much pride for the British isles.

    However according to @Orangeade , birth doesn’t matter. He’ll be shipping me off back to Odessa because that’s where my mothers parents parents were from…

  3. Le Clandestin Brun


    Joined: 6 Sep 2007

    Posts: 9,328

  4. ianh


    Joined: 12 Jul 2007

    Posts: 6,388

    Location: Norfolk.

    See I'm the other way, British first and it's only rarely that I'd use English, should anyone ever ask for that level of detail.

    It's not a "pride" issue or anything like like, it's just there's no use of "United Kingdom-ish" as a shortening of where I'm from to describe my country (I'd usually just say I'm from the UK) so the next one down is "Great Brit-ish" so thats what I use.

    Burrowing further down in the specific Countries just seemed a little odd to me as an Englishman :D
  5. something daft already!!


    Joined: 11 Jan 2007

    Posts: 6,690

    Location: South East

    I certainly would not want to be termed as English as this has a link to xenophobia in my mind. I guess stuff like EDL has put me right off. I prefer British and I speak and write English, just about.
  6. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: 13 Apr 2013

    Posts: 10,065

    Location: La France

  7. Haggisman


    Joined: 6 Oct 2004

    Posts: 15,053

    Location: Birmingham

    I was born in Scotland to Dutch and English parents, therefore the only accurate description would be European.

    However I now live in England, so either way, I'm a dirty second generation immigrant and should **** off back to wherever I came from and stop stealing hardworking English people's jobs and women, i'm probably one of them islamists as well. That's the English way to treat us scummy foreigns isn't it?
  8. gpuerrilla


    Joined: 21 Jul 2005

    Posts: 15,041

    Location: N.Ireland

    :cry: well put fella!
  9. Hagar


    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 11,353

    Location: 5 degrees starboard

    Chip on the shoulder?
    From your description, I would say Scottish.
  10. Mr Jack


    Joined: 19 May 2004

    Posts: 25,086

    Location: Nordfriesland, Germany

    Both. Depends on context, but mostly only English for sports.
  11. Haggisman


    Joined: 6 Oct 2004

    Posts: 15,053

    Location: Birmingham

    Actually it's even worse, apparently my "English" dad has some Maltese heritage, so I better get in touch with Farage and get him to put me on a poster or something
  12. Ahleckz


    Joined: 7 Nov 2009

    Posts: 18,739

    Location: Glasgow

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  13. Haggisman


    Joined: 6 Oct 2004

    Posts: 15,053

    Location: Birmingham

    Actually, us Europeans don't call them "chips" (unless you're talking about Lays?) :cry:

    If you are talking about frites, then we prefer to eat them (with Mayonnaise :eek: the horror) rather than wearing them

    Well you would, wouldn't you, bloody viking... :p

    Depends if you are of the school of thought that your birthplace defines your nationality, or that of your parents? I've had this discussion many times with people, I do actually I agree, I would say Scottish (by birth) or European (by blood) are the only accurate descriptions
  14. [FnG]magnolia


    Joined: 29 Aug 2007

    Posts: 27,446

    Location: Auckland

    I know the answer already but humour me: why?

    Again, I know the answer yadda yadda ...

    You weren't supposed to give the answer away in your own OP! Look what you've done :(
  15. Hades


    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 26,853

    Location: Surrey

    British first. English second. European third.
  16. Efour


    Joined: 8 Sep 2005

    Posts: 27,410

    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.

    Im ENGLISH because i was born in ENGLAND.


    thats how i define it. :p
  17. PlacidCasual


    Joined: 13 May 2003

    Posts: 7,610

    I've lived in Wales for 6 years and by and large I've enjoyed it and the people are friendly but I am left in no doubt I am English. I try to explain that I'm a Mercian and it's my duty to launch arrows at them with my longbow but it falls on deaf ears.
  18. pastymuncher

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 19,457

    Location: Aberlour, NE Scotland

    I am a Cornishman, always have been, always will be. Like I keep telling my wife, you can take a Cornishman out of Cornwall but you can't take Cornwall out of a Cornishman.
  19. jsmoke


    Joined: 17 Jun 2012

    Posts: 10,896

    Generally say British, and UK if online, but largely couldn't care, its largely a scam to keep us in check.
  20. Lakeland


    Joined: 1 Nov 2005

    Posts: 5,709

    Cumbrian and speak English. If someone From another country asked where I’m from I’d say England.

    If someone from London says a person from Manchester or Birmingham is from the north I’d politely describe top middle and bottom to help them understand basic terminology. North of London not in the north.

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