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  •  You're getting British and English confused (none)
    I wish people would get this stuff right, it's not hard.  
    •  Ummm... (none)
      Well. He is from Glasgow. And the last time I was in Glasgow, many Glaswegians considered themselves to be Scots. Many consider themselves to be a separate country held tight to England under duress.

      And although I did not mean to ruffle any feathers, I was jokingly responding to someone who was saying that the "British are coming!"--a trope refering to Paul Revere, the Old North Church, and the beginning of the American Revolution--where British generally speaking meant English (considering that the Scots had recently suffered defeat at Culloden in 1745).

      As you know, the UK is made up of many smaller countries that have varying levels of autonomy: Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England. While "British" generally refers to those people living on Breat Britain, many in Northern Ireland consider themselves to be British (Unionists). Trying to tell them otherwise usually starts fights or debates.

      It can be difficult for some to understand the distinctions. I tried to explain that you can be a New Yorker and an American at the same time.

      •  And I've talked to a couple people... (none)
        who have told me that they don't think of themselves as British because they are from Scotland. They see themselves as Scots--first and always.

        For them, Great Britain is merely an inconvenience of history.

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