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    #41

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    Just moron?

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    #42

    Re: British or Britisher

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    There's a word for that. It escapes me at the moment, but you can use it for 'military intelligence' or 'honest politician'.
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    Just moron?
    Is there any country, any place on the globe where the above wouldn't apply?

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    #43

    Re: British or Britisher

    Do I detect just a trace of cynicism creeping into this thread?

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    #44

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    In many ways (I say this from experience as a teacher and a parent of a student) the English education system is far superior to that in France. I'll say no more because this is not the place to do so.

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    #45

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In many ways (I say this from experience as a teacher and a parent of a student) the English education system is far superior to that in France. I'll say no more because this is not the place to do so.
    As someone who has experienced products of the French system, and who taught for 25 years in the English system, I am not sure that I would agree with you. However, as you say, this is not the place to discuss it.

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    #46

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In many ways (I say this from experience as a teacher and a parent of a student) the English education system is far superior to that in France. I'll say no more because this is not the place to do so.
    Yes, but American students have the highest self-esteem.

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    #47

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    This morning I read W.B. Yeat's comment about "the Britisher's jealousy of arts and artists."

    Did the famous Irish poet realize that the term might offend people in England?

    (I have read that -- many years ago -- there was some unpleasantness between the English and the Irish.)

    Thank you.

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    #48

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    Did the famous Irish poet realize that the term might offend people in England?
    I have no idea, but I am sure that it would not have bothered him if he did.

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    #49

    Re: British or Britisher

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I have just read this in the May 24, 2012, issue of the London Review of Books:

    "He's [an author] modest, aware that a modern Brit [my emphasis] cannot easily grasp what it means to live among

    changeable frontiers, ..." [He had written a book about the history of East Prussia.]

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    Thanks to all the wonderful posts, I have learned:


    Non-offensive:

    A British person.

    A Brit.

    A Briton.

    Offensive:

    A Britisher.

    A Limey.

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