Why do peoples from england called themself british,never english?

scots - peoples from uk
May 20, 2008 1:16am CST
Why do peoples from england call themself british never english? Peoples from scotland call themselves scots and peoples from Wales call themselves Welsh?
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@mark17779 (667)
20 May 08
Officially, allthough we have the different country name's, ie England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland we all come under the United Kingdom or Great Britain. It's probally alot easier to have people say we are British rather than having many people say they are from different nation's within the UK.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
20 May 08
People from Britain do not refer to themselves as English because English is a language, England covers the country but British is what we are. Same as the Welsh and Scottish, they speak English but their mother tongue will be Welsh or Scottish not English. It can be a bit confusing but that is basically why I do not say I am English, I will say I am from the UK or Great Britain.
23 May 08
That's not strictly true, English refers both to the language and also to anyone who is of English, which is to say Anglo - Saxon, ancestry. I'll refer to myself as either British or English as the mood takes me
19 Aug 08
Only those stuck in political correctness call themselve 'British'. I myself would say I am English and my friends would say they were Irish, Scottish or Welsh.
• India
16 Jun 08
Hi mahesh,sinsce majority of english peop0les are from britain thatwhy they call them british and not english.
@mummymo (23709)
20 May 08
Well Mahesh I am Scottish first and foremost but I am also British , I think most people be they from England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales will tell you which of the four countries they are before they will say British - that is my experience at least and I know as many English people who say English rather than British! xxxx
@CarlHalling (3629)
• United Kingdom
20 May 08
I'm British, and call myself British because my relatives came from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Canada. I was born in England though. I see myself as both, British and English, but in a strict sense I'm British.
@paid2write (5202)
20 May 08
A lot of people do call themselves English, especially soccer fans who support England in international matches. They wave the English flag of St George rather than the British Union flag. Scottish and Welsh people will sometimes say they are British when they travel outside Britain. I was born in England and live in England. I call myself British because we have a British government, a British prime minister and a British Royal Family.
• Canada
20 May 08
I would imagine because they refer to their country as Britain, not England. I mean, people still refer to the entirety of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland as the British Isles.