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    British or Britisher

    What do we say?
    He is British.
    He is Britisher.

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    Re: British or Britisher

    I would strongly advise you NEVER to say "Britisher" or "a Britisher". You may hear it used, probably in Indian English (and I see you list yourself as Indian) but most British people consider it an insulting term. Some people are more insulted than others, of course, but it's best avoided totally.

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    Re: British or Britisher

    'He is British' works fine. 'Britisher' is not only insulting, it is also a noun - so in less enlightened times some people said 'he is a Britisher', but as Tullia said this is offensive. (Like any noun it can be used with an adjectival function - so you could have 'a Briitsher '<noun>' (though it's not advisable to use it).

    Another less offensive version is 'he's a Brit'; a lot af people dislike this.

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    Re: British or Britisher

    I've never heard of "Britisher."

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    Re: British or Britisher

    I've only met it in World War 2 comics, where German officers nearly always address British soldiers as 'du Britisher pig-dog'

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    #6

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    Schwein-hund.

    I use "Brits" on occasion, but mean no offense. Would "Britons" be the preferred term?

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    #7

    Re: British or Britisher

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'He is British' works fine. 'Britisher' is not only insulting, it is also a noun - so in less enlightened times some people said 'he is a Britisher', but as Tullia said this is offensive. (Like any noun it can be used with an adjectival function - so you could have 'a Briitsher '<noun>' (though it's not advisable to use it).

    Another less offensive version is 'he's a Brit'; a lot af people dislike this.

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    Will I say "I met a British on a cruise."? or "a British person"? or "a British man"?

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    #8

    Re: British or Britisher

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Schwein-hund.

    I use "Brits" on occasion, but mean no offense. Would "Britons" be the preferred term?
    Same here.... I never new "Britisher" is an offensive term.

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    #9

    Re: British or Britisher

    I have heard South Asian speakers using it- it may not be intended to be taken as offensive, but it's probably better not to use it.

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    Re: British or Britisher

    Quote Originally Posted by keen learner View Post
    Will I say "I met a British on a cruise."? or "a British person"? or "a British man"?
    I met a British person/man/woman/girl/guy etc on a cruise.
    I met a Brit on a cruise (note that I don't consider "a Brit" to be offensive at all).

    I too had never heard of "Britisher" so would not have considered it either correct or offensive. I can imagine it being in a German war comic but I would have expected it to be "Britische(r)" which would fit the German for the adjective "British".

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