Jun. 6th, 2005 @ 11:57 am
Okay well i was just wondering:
WHAT SHOULD WE CALL YALL (( British ppl )) to make yall not pissed at us?
*I mean its obvious that yall are English...but with a British accent?
*Sry i kno yall are probly banging yalls head against a table rite now but i really would like to know so i dont piss off any future ppl on here
* looks around suspiciously *
Well, British and English are different things.
Someone will probably correct me, but The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and NI. Britain consists of England, Scotland and Wales, but not NI. Telling a haggis eater that they are English will probably result in you eating through a straw, but telling an Englishman he is Scottish will probably just get you odd looks. The Welsh you can normally call whatever you want as long as you don't own a holiday cottage in Glamorgan.
The proper answer to your question is probably "Scots", "Welsh" and "English", but that's boring. Try "Haggis eaters", "Sheep Worriers" and "Southern Shandy Drinkers".
Online, I tend to call myself a UKer.
Or just a Brit. That's a bit more general :)
Love your names though!
a Southern Shandy Drinker
The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and NI
Yep, its full title is the United Kingdom of Great Britain [England, Scotland, Wales] and Northern Ireland.
You might want to be careful who you call Southern though. Calling a someone from the North of England a Southerner is along the same lines as calling a Scotsman English.
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And we Midlanders don't like to be tarnished with either brush.Because they're both dirty and smell bad.
I always forget about the Midlands. Can't think why.
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People are too preoccupied with the North/South divide. We muddle along, chortling at both sides.
Kind of like sitting on the fence then? :P
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Above everyone else, you mean?
Could be. :-P
Personally, I tend to say I'm English but I'll accept British. I'm not too sure on being called 'yall' though.
Thanks for clearing that up!
there really isn't any such thing as a British accent, the regional variations are extremely different from each other.
And like the others have said, not all British people are English.
Er... we're not all English. I mean, I'm English, but the Scots, Welsh and Irish aren't.
There's no such thing as a British accent - England alone has at least nine major ones (Estuary/Cockney (South East/London), Scouse (Liverpool), Mancunian (Manchester), Geordie (Newcastle and North East), Yorkshire, Brummie (Birmingham), West Country (South West), BBC English and Posh (upper classes everywhere)).
What Americans tend to think of as a British accent tends to be middle and upper class English.
British will do as a catch-all term. If what you're saying refers specifically to England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, or the people thereof, then use English, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Irish.
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'Sir', or some other term of deference.
NNahhh, don't think so, MISTER.
Best not to talk about "British accents" unless you are talking about English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish accents in general. The accent Americans usually mean by "British" is English. An American once told me she can't call my accent "English" because "English is the language we speak". I wonder what she calls the accent a native of Germany speaks the German language in!
You think that's bad, I've heard Americans asking for translations of British idioms into English. And by English they of course meant American English. Which shouldn't even exist, damn it.
I don't mind the fact that Americans have their own regional variation of the language. So do we, in different parts of the country. But asking for British idioms to be translated into 'English', meaning 'American English' is silly. But I've heard of English people in America being asked what language we speak in England!