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I beg to differ with the note about Northern Ireland. As far as I am aware they most certainly consider themselves to be "British" - and consequently "Brits".--Bob_M (talk) 11:07, 2 August 2007 (CDT)

As I said - some (most?) of them yes! But there's all those who supported the IRA in the 'troubles' (most of the catholics) who would string you up for calling them British. I was there for 2 months in 2005 & 'tis true. - (edit clash) Keepgerbils(in a cage)! 11:16, 2 August 2007 (CDT)

Sorry, yes, as a native Irishman, I can tell you that not only would ZERO members of the Republican population want to be referred to as a Brit, but neither do the Loyalists ever use the term - they have an insular enough view of their own position as it is - and they stand proudly apart from the conecpt of 'Britain', though they very much see themselves as being part of the 'United Kingdom of Britain and Northern Ireland', which is actually the technically correct term. Doggedpersistance 11:51, 2 August 2007 (CDT)

Sorry I must have misread your sentence. Unfortunately, as can be seen from the full name of the kingdom, this doesn't include the inhabitants of Northern Ireland, as this country's populace includes some of the most patriotic citizens, this renders the appellation defective (call a Texan a Yank!). I thought the "patriotic citizens" to whom you refer were patriotic British citizens. I suppose you won't mind if edit?--Bob_M (talk) 11:38, 2 August 2007 (CDT)

History of the word[edit]

Actually the history of the word "British" is interesting. (If I remember correctly) Once upon a time the English Empire existed and the English army was filled by various subjugated Celtic soldiers. It being difficult to persuade the Scots (for example) to go out and die for England, those clever Victorians came up with the idea that we were all "British". This worked quite well in all the home countries with the exception of England - where they knew they were really the ones in charge. Consequently the English have never really embraced the idea of "Britishness"--Bob_M (talk) 11:12, 2 August 2007 (CDT)


So where does Limey fit in here? ollïegrïnd 12:10, 2 August 2007 (CDT)

In a cost-cutting exercise the British navy supplied their men with limes (instead of lemons) in order to ward off scurvy. This surprised American sailors who called them "Limeys".

Anybody else want to have a go at this?[edit]

I've taken quite a few cuts at this and I've tried to include all points of view. Any other citizen of the United Kingdom want to have a go? --Bob_M (talk) 10:39, 3 August 2007 (CDT)


Maybe I'm just not seeing it. Тytalk 03:28, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

Move it to a section of Great Britain. B♭maj7 (talk) Anachronistically anachronistic 03:30, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Size wise, it's more like merging Great Britain into this one, but it doesn't look too bad. Scarlet A.pngmoral 03:40, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
This was one of the articles created before the mission existed. Move it to the UK or zap it.--BobSpring is sprung! 16:49, 5 November 2011 (UTC)