I Am Curious....

What is the differance between being Brittish and being English?

 Can anyone explain this to me?  I have always thought that they where the same, maybe I'm wrong?

LindarGFi LindarGFi
56-60, F
9 Responses Mar 7, 2009

What of those born in the overseas territories? I see that the question was about being British.<br />
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On enquiring from various sources, I find that by simply administering a few documents, I am both British and English by virtue of ancestry. (I was born in South Africa and my father on St Helena Island).

Britain comprises of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Nothern Ireland. To be English is to be from England, to be British is a general term for someone to be from any of the four countries. Hope that clears things up for you. I'm English by the way! ;o)

Britain comprises of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Nothern Ireland. To be English is to be from England, to be British is a general term for someone to be from any of the four countries. Hope that clears things up for you. I'm English by the way! ;o)

To be Brittish is to be born within the Great Brittish Empire. The empire has shrunk somewhat scince its peak when chunks of all of the continents were under our rule, but there are still some bits clinging on eg Falkland islands.<br />
To be English is to be born in England, one ( and i think the best one ) of the parts that make up the Brittish comunity!<br />
That's just one Englishmans point of view!

NO AMERICANS GET CONFUSED EVERY WHERE ELSE TO BE FAIR HAS SOME KIND OF FUNCTIONING EDUCATION SYSTEM.

ENGLANDS AN ISLAND NOW?

I think that if you are British....You could be born any other place other than the island called England.....But to be English....you have to born on the island....<br />
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How is that for an answer...Sounds right to me.....<br />
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But hey....I am just a silly old American....or would the be a United statesian.....don't know

JESUS AND THEY SAY AMERICANS ARE THICK BRITAIN IS THREE COUNTRIES FOUR TECHNICALLY BUT THATS STILL OPEN TO PERCEPTION ENGLAND1 SCOTLAND2 WALES 3 AND NORTHERN IRELAND BY PLANTER AND OCCUPATION4

Someone who is British is a citizen of the UK, whereas English is used to denote the race native to England (I think that means decended from the Normans, Vikings etc. although I could be wrong) Therefore you don't have to be English to be British. For example, someone could be an Asian British. I hope that helps :)