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Am I wrong for getting annoyed if people refer to me as English ?

  • 19-09-2013 9:52pm
    Registered Users Posts: 484 ✭✭

    I was born on the border to a Scottish family and grew up on the English side. But I don't really identify as English, I mean it was always St Andrew's day, Burn's supper, Rugby at Murrayfield etc.

    I am kinda worried I don't want to have to have different nationality than the rest of my family. I guess I am vaguely English since I lived there but I just never felt at home there, I had no idea about St.George's day (I never knew when it was until I went to Uni in the Midlands and saw guys bizzarely in chain male etc)

    Sad fact is that I don't really fit in with both, I never got either a Scottish or English accent (since my family and friends had very different accents I never developed one)

    I find national boundaries bizzare concepts to be honest.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,616 ✭✭✭Fox_In_Socks

    You could call yourself British and handily avoid the question? :P

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 108 ✭✭Mooby

    I know what you mean. I have what people consider an English accent even though I grew up here. I don't get annoyed when they ask but it does get boring answering the same question over and over and over again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,831 ✭✭✭Torakx

    I have a lot of experience with this also on a national level.
    Having lived in many different parts of Ireland including across the border up north, I have had people call me a free stater up north cause of my strong dublin accent and a northy sometimes when i first came back because of my slight northern accent.
    Before that in Dublin city I was a cultchie because of my varied country accents from the west and south and in the country i am a dub because of my dublin accent..

    When someone asks me " where are you from" my brain overloads and I breakdown and cry in a corner rocking myself to sleep :p

  • Registered Users Posts: 89 ✭✭ivyQ

    I came across a website dedicated to this topic last year , children who grow up in a setting that they cant identify with or anyone and feel kinda isolated as a result .....its very very common ,so try to take some reassurance in knowing you are not alone ....

    I thought I had bookmarked the website but nope ... I will keep searching though and post it when /if I find it again ,:)

  • Registered Users Posts: 58 ✭✭colosus1908

    Sometimes you just need to smile and nod your head. Save you time and effort.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,563 ✭✭✭dd972

    You're Scottish if born to a Scottish family and perceive yourself as such, it's probably less the case with Scots but there's a particular type of Irish person who thinks having an ''Oirish'' accent and birth cert makes them a hero and would even denigrate the likes of Dermot O'Leary or Shane MacGowan as not being members of their ''exclusive club''.