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"British" - Banned in Britain (or at least frowned on in a tiny part of it)
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Under the category, "you just can't make this stuff up", today we go a bit Orwellian:
The word ‘British’ can be as offensive as ‘negro’ and ‘half-caste’, according to a race relations body.

The publicly-funded organisation’s views have been adopted by Caerphilly council in South Wales for a leaflet advising staff on how to deal with the public.

In a section on what words or phrases not to use to avoid causing offence, the leaflet solemnly informs the council’s 9,000 workers: ‘The idea of “British” implies a false sense of unity – many Scots, Welsh and Irish resist being called British and the land denoted by the term contains a wide variety of cultures, languages and religions.’
Um, in many parts of the world (and certain American cities), "American" can be as offensive as "negro" or "half-cast" or "British" I guess. That's why wimpy Americans claim to be Canadians, which should be offensive to real Canadians. Being called a Canadian is offensive to real Americans who are proud to be called Americans. And no one wants to be called a Frenchie, because, well, just look at them. Frenchies are offended if you call them Americans or British or Canadian, even if some Canadians speak French. Then there are the Irish (God bless 'em all) ...

Confusing, isn't it?

Rule Britannia.
 
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