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Re: Voices

From:Fabian <rhialto@...>
Date:Saturday, July 3, 1999, 6:56
> This leads me to the odd asymmetry of "English" and "French" in
> The nouns are unambiguously the languages, but the adjectives > are used quite differently. > > I have no trouble using "French" to refer to any francophone, but > "English" refers only to people or things from England. (Loosely, > it may be extended to things related to the U.K. as a whole, too.)
Quite apart from the Quebecois and the Tahitians, calling someone from North Wales "English" is literally asking for a fight. Even most non-ENglish people in England dislike being called "English". Please, remember, we're British. --- Fabian In this country, but not of this country.