I reject the former and suspect the latter.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Gwinn" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2002 8:46 AM
Subject: Re: North British vs. Welsh and Scottish
> >I don't know if there was a cut off date, but I recall from reading
> >Briton was used (for example) to describe the Welsh before the
> >came, or perhaps before the Vikings came, IN ANY CASE it is used to
> >describe a language perhaps more than a people, WHEREAS Britain
> >describes generally a place.
> I am aware of this - in standard Modern English usage, a Briton
> of language) is a resident of Britain.
> The problem is, I keep seeing people writing "Britain" (as in "he was
> Britain") where one would expect "Briton", which makes me wonder if
> some sort of shift in usage taking place in English where "Britain"
> used to describe both the place AND the people, or simply that people
> getting sloppier with their spell-checking.
> - Chris Gwinn
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