> >I was questioning whether or not "Britain" (which is
> > normally restricted ti being a placename) was a valid alternate to the
> > regular ethnic name "Briton" in Modern English.
>I would think not since Briton represents a point in time and a Celtic
>tribal identity. Britain, being a modern usage, could not substitute for
>the ancient paradigm in much the same way Irish cannot substitute for Old
Well, the English words Briton and Britain are equally ancient - they are
both derived ultimately from the Latin personal name Brittonus (plural
Brittones) and place name Britannia.
The question is, does the usage of "Britain" (as if it was derived from
Latin Britannus "a Briton") as an alternative to the more regular "Briton"
have any precedence in Modern English, or is its appearance in print simply
due to poor spell-checking?
- Chris Gwinn
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