Re: Northern Ireland = British?
Originally Posted by Einstein
This is true, but for various reasons.
Obviously, if someone dislikes X for whatever reason, that person will dislike being associated with X. This is true of many armchair republicans and young people who "hate the English" because of some vague memories of history class when someone said something about British colonisers. They will have a negative attitude to everything British that they don't like, and mysteriously forget about the British Premier League in Soccer and Coronation Street.
Obviously, if Ireland had been happy to be in the UK it wouldn't have separated and there most likely wouldn't be any practical problems with people conflating the two terms, because British -as for the British in the north -would simply be an archaic term that isn't quite correct but to which nobody would give a second thought..
But it did regain independence and there are objective, non-emotionally driven problems for us when people conflate the two. And many Irish people will insist they aren't British with all the earnest passion of a woman insisting she isn't grumpy just because she's menstruating.
Ah go on, go on, go on, go on, go on,....go on!