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    What could it mean when an Englander says "Ah the irony"?

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    #2

    Re: irony

    Probably the same as when a Germaner says 'Ah, die Ironie'.

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    Re: irony

    And since you grew up in the Philippines, you will presumably recognise "Ah, ang kabalintunaan!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: irony

    In Taiwan, you might hear "啊,具有讽刺意味", (A, jyǒu fngc ywi).

    But then again, you might not.
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    Re: irony

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    In Taiwan, you might hear "啊,具有讽刺意味", (A, jyǒu fngc ywi).
    That's easy for you to say.

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    Re: irony

    We have told you before, Do228, that in English Englander does not mean what you think it means or want it to mean. To avoid making yourself ridiculous, use "English speaker" or if you want to emphasize Britishness, English person.

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    Re: irony

    No, I've never heard somebody say that in German or Tagalog or other languages.

    Btw, why is somebody from Boston a New Englander but somebody from England not an Englander? I don't understand that.

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    Re: irony

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    We have told you before, Do228, that in English Englander does not mean what you think it means or want it to mean.
    To me, the word Englander sounds like someone could be from New Hampshire. Ah, the irony.

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    Re: irony

    Quote Originally Posted by Do228 View Post
    Btw, why is somebody from Boston a New Englander but somebody from England not an Englander? I don't understand that.
    It would make perfect sense for Englander to mean a person from England. But unfortunately it doesn't.

    There is no rhyme or reason to it. As is so often the case with English, that is just how it is. We native speakers have the luxury of knowing these quirks. Others have no choice but to memorize them.

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    Re: irony

    Quote Originally Posted by Do228 View Post
    why is somebody from Boston a New Englander but somebody from England not an Englander? I don't understand that.
    Don't try to understand. Just accept. This is just one of the curiosities that make England so interesting.

    A person from ...
    ... England is an English person (Englishman, English woman).
    ... New England is a New Englander.
    ... Ireland is an Irish person (Irishman, Irish woman)
    ... Finland is a Finn
    ... Iceland is an Icelander
    ... Poland is a Pole
    ... Thailand is a Thai

    A man from Jersey is a Jerseyman.
    A person from New Jersey is a New Jersian/Jerseyite.

    (Crossposted with probus)
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