Can you think of a really insulting term for a Brit? Something that elicits the emotions of the N word? No, you can't.
I believe this comes from the fact that if a group is in a dominant position for long enough that terms meant to be derogatory do not take on an offensive meaning.
On my first trip to speakers corner this African was really giving out about the Queen and Britain in general. The English businessmen on lunch break who were listening were not upset I only heard one of them comment, and he only said, "Rubbish, entirely rubbish." and kept listening. Maybe this phenomenon is what got Rush Limbaugh. Remember when commentators would comment about NBA teams keeping one token white on the team? No one got in trouble for that.
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Can you think of a really insulting term for a Brit? Something thatelicits the emotions of the N word? No, ... Remember whencommentators would comment about NBA teams keeping one token white on the team? No onegot in trouble for that.

To insult any nationality, you must first find the sensitive spot, then hit it hard. The African orator should have done more research, and should have made a verbal attack on the nostalgically distorted memories of our deceased Princess Bimbo instead. He might then have experienced a higher degree of audience participation. Or what about a diatribe against the Queen Mother (God Bless Her)? A verbal attack on the Queen or Prince Charles is a pathetic damp squib. We all do that for ourselves, without the help of foreigners.
Nowadays, the American tourists that I meet are, in general, well-mannered and considerate. But thirty years ago, the "typical" American tourist was much brasher and less educated about the sensitivities of their host country. I remember my absolute indignation when an American tourist, who I was sharing a lift with in a hotel, referred to Britain as "this tinpot country". Compared with America, what he said about Britain was probably factually correct in 1973, and arguably still is true today. Whether by accident or design, he had found the most sensitive spot possible, and kicked it. That is the
best way to insult the British, or any other nationality.

Richard Chambers Leeds UK.
Can you think of a really insulting term for a Brit? Something that elicits the emotions of the N word? No, you can't.

Limey looked good for a while, but now they just shrug it off.
Maybe this phenomenon is what got Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh said on ESPN what he believed to be the truth. He probably got spoiled by being allowed to say whatever he liked on his radio program. Only true believers listen to him on the radio, so who's going to complain? For what it's worth, I don't agree with what Limbaugh said about Donovan McNabb, but I think there must be a lot of very thin skins out there to take actual offense at it. As usual, the thin skins won. He resigned from ESPN.
Remember when commentators would comment about NBA teams keeping one token white on the team? No one got in trouble for that.

I remember when the New York Knicks (short for "Knickerbockers") wound up with a squad on which all the players were black. They were called "-bockers" in many a private conversation. Using that word on the air would have been an excellent way to get in trouble.
The token white phenomenon could be commented on because it was flattering to blacks: "They're so good that the only way a white man can make the team is as a token." There are still many white players who are good enough to make the NBA on merit, but there's no question the league is predominantly black. The quality of play is still what ultimately matters, but this isn't the place to get into that. I'm sure there are lots of basketball newsgroups.

Bob Lieblich
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Thus spake Rushtown:
Can you think of a really insulting term for a Brit? Something that elicits the emotions of the N word? ... commentators would comment about NBA teams keeping one token white on the team? No one got in trouble for that.

Call us late for dinner. That upsets us.

Simon R. Hughes
Can you think of a really insulting term for a Brit? Something thatelicits the emotions of the N word? No, you can't.

Limey looked good for a while, but now they just shrug it off.

Pom works reasonably well - Lager Lout isn't bad and Brit Scum might raise a tiny hackle.
Phony Tony's poodle might to quite well and New 'error of judgement' Labour lickspittle would be worth a try.

Hark, wretches! how I mean to martyr you. This one hand yet is left to cut your throats, Whilst that Lavinia 'tween her stumps doth hold the baisin that receives your guilty blood. -Titus Andronicus (Hastivibrax)
Can you think of a really insulting term for a Brit? Something thatelicits the emotions of the N word?

"American?"
Just kidding,
John
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No, that isn't a laughing matter, and would be very truly insulting if imagined, for a microsecond, to be true!

The happiest people on earth are those few fortunates who seem to be in a state of mild, stable hypomania. - David Horrobin 'The Madness of Adam and Eve' (How schizophrenia shaped humanity)
Thus spake Peter H.M. Brooks:
elicits the "American?" Just kidding,

No, that isn't a laughing matter, and would be very truly insulting if imagined, for a microsecond, to be true!

This Brit is assumed to be American from time to time, and it never fails to amuse me.
I think Rushtown was looking for a universal insult to the British.

There isn't one. If you start making "English" and "British" synonyms, you'll upset the majority of the Scots, Welsh, and Northern Irish. But how to racially insult the English as well as that lot? That's a tricky one.

Simon R. Hughes
Thus spake Simon R. Hughes:
If you start making "English" and "British" synonyms, you'll upset the majority of the Scots, Welsh, and Northern Irish. But how to racially insult the English as well as that lot? That's a tricky one.

I'm self-Oying this.

Simon R. Hughes
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