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What is the simple difference between British, Briton, and English when referring to people?
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Hi,

What is the simple difference between British, Briton, and English when referring to people?

'British' is an adjective for someone who lives in Britain, consisting of England, Scotland and Wales. Some people would also argue that Northern Ireland is included, although I think that technically it isn't.

'Briton' is a noun for a British person. It is often abbreviated nowadays to 'Brit', a term which I find rather offensive but by which people who live in Britain have told me they are not offended.

'English' is an adjective for someone who lives in England.

Best wishes, Clive
I don't find "Brit" offensive, particularly; but I think I may be too antiquated to qualify.

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Well I certainly don't Emotion: smile. Some people do though. I use it about myself but I wouldn't describe someone else as a 'Brit' (at least not to their face).

All English people are British but not all British people are English.

I don't hear Briton being used very often.
British means people who lives in england,scotland and wales.English people are people who live in england.Actullay the Briton are a group of celtic tribes who lived in the england and wales area in the Roman times.The Britons were attacked by anglos,saxxons and jutes which the three are now the ansectors of the englishs.Nowdays the Britons live in Wales,Cornwall,Brittiany and in Northwest Spain.
I tend to agree with this post. The term 'Briton' is another example of an absolute misnomer, when placed against genereally agreed historical facts. I'm generally called 'Scottish', even that term could be termed a misnomer - as the Scotti tribe came from Hibernia (Ireland), interbred with the Picts and Northern Briton tribes etc...hunderds of years later getting a large Norse input (oooer!) and approximately formign what 'Scots' are today. My Mother's a Gaelic speakr and she can speak almost fluently to an Icelander, but far less so to an Irish Gaelic speaker (hence the Norse influence). With mass communication and transpotation Scotland's people are being increasingly 'diluted' genetically, which (in my opinion) is a very positive thing for this wee world of ours!

So - Briton is definitely a misnomer, more correctly referring to a 'Celtic' (another wiiiide term!) tribe of peoples, the majority of the genetic descendants of whom live in Cymru (/Wales) and S/W England. England is really West Germany genetically (but don't tell em...they'll HATE it!lol)
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The Britons were the ancient Celtish people from what is now Great Britain.

British is a person from Great Britain (as in, Modern Great Britain)

English is a person from England.
British is, legally, Citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Colonies(Commonwealth). This means that any citizen of which HM Queen Elizabeth II is reigning monarch could be technically classed as British, including Australians, Jamacans and Canadians. However, British is generally understood as a person born in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Briton has two meanings.

1. A Citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Colonies(Commonwealth), but this is not commonly used.

2. The (Celtic) people who inhabited Great Britain from The Iron Age to the Early Middle Ages(~800BC to ~1000AD).

English is the term for someone born in the nation of England, a constituent country of the UK.
Hi,

There is some interesting, alhough rather complicated, information here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_subject

Clive
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