Hey there Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

What does it mean to be BRITISH?

Announcements Posted on
    • Thread Starter
    • 7 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    What does everyone think it means to be British? Is it culture, food, a passport or a mix?

    Also, I'd like to know how many people think that being British means you have to be born in this country.

    Thank you (It's for a project)
    • 7 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Being British means having a British passport. We have far too many people to generalize cultural attitudes as homogeneous.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    A passport, a decent knowledge of English and a deference to our laws.
    • 4 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Being British means you start a conversation by moaning about the weather.
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    :flower2::flower2::flower2::flower2:multeecuwlturelizem!!:flower2::flower2::flower2:
    • 14 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Stiff upper lip and a good sense of humour
    being born here helps to..
    • 4 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    A passport pretty much, other than that the idea of labeling it as anyone thing is what breeds xenophobia.
    • 57 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Bangers and Mash :pierre:
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    means you're not French
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    The sharp sense of humour and appreciation of our culture
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Going to mosque and observing Ramadan of course
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    First of all, it's a subjective feeling. People choose to identify as British and that's the most important precondition.

    Then, secondarily, you can mention:

    Being born in the UK or being a resident of the UK.
    Having a British education and/or having social ties with other people from the UK.

    I think these are important but as I said, if you don't feel British then you're not British even if you have a British passport and a British education.
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Complaining.
    • 14 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    A sense of superiority over other countries and cultures.
    • 15 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    I would hesitate to call someone British if they weren't born here, legal status notwithstanding.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Stefan1991)
    A sense of superiority over other countries and cultures.
    Doesn't every culture like to feel this way?

    I agree with Conan, If you don't feel British you can't be British. Though I suppose it could be argued feeling British doesn't make you British.

    I feel Canadian even if I've ended up living in the UK much longer, ie Canada 0-6 England from 6-18, it makes it a right pain going on holiday :rolleyes:
    • 1 follower
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    "No hugs! I'm British. We only show affection to dogs and horses."
    - From 'What A Girl Wants', I think :P

    In my opinion, to be classified British you should have been born here/lived here for X number of years/hold a British passport.
    But! To truly feel British I think you have to like the culture and food too, whether it be Fish & Chips, ceilidhs, moaning about the weather, increase in prices, tea, scones, etc
    • 2 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    Being of British ancestry is a requirement. You can be British without being born in Britain to be British.

    You could be born in China to two British parents, but that wouldnt make you Chinese.

    On the other side of the coin, there are many people who are born in Britain but dont come from British ancestry.
    • 4 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    You don't have to be born here to be British strictly. Example: My dad was born in Kenya to a British family, moved to South Africa when he was 2 and only moved here when he was 24. He grew up in SA and considers himself South African. He did everything that a teenager born in South Africa would do, therefore he is South African.
    However (this is an invented example), say a family from Russia move to the UK. They have a kid who grows up in the UK, however the family is strict and the only culture which any of them grasp is the Russian culture, then they would not be British, because they aren't like the people here. Make sense? They wouldn't have been intergrated (I'm not saying you have to be 100% intergrated, but you get what I mean).
    Of course you can say you're British if you're born here, but you're only really British if you're ancestory has been British for a substantial period of time or if you are British through your lifestyle etc.
    • 0 followers
    Offline

    ReputationRep:
    To eat fish and chips.

Reply

Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?

    this is what you'll be called on TSR

  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?

    never shared and never spammed

  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. By joining you agree to our Ts and Cs, privacy policy and site rules

  2. Slide the button to the right to create your account

    Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: May 29, 2012
New on TSR

Student crowdfunds degree

Graduate raises £26,000 online for Masters course

Article updates
Useful resources
Reputation gems:
You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.