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Names of countries and their people

  • @Bombonera , you made me start thinking of this when you said you identified as English rather than British, and that the term “British” was falling into disuse. Having just taught myself in recent years to be respectful to the Welsh, Scots, and Irish by substituting “British” for “English” as a catch-all, in any situation that could inadvertently include anyone of Welsh, Scot, or Irish birth, I’m now confused. :scratchead:

    Please explain the origin, evolution, and significance of this trend?

    And please tell me also, why you refer to Argentina as “The Argentine?” To my ear, that sounds rather quaint, calling to mind the speech of the colonial era, and I wonder if that’s a particularly English reference?