WHAT IS AN ANGLOPHILE?
According to Merriam-Webster, an Anglophile is someone who is especially fond of England or of things English. (Personally, I think the definition is more complex.)
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The more complex answer....
To weigh in on the definition of "Anglophile," one must first understand UK geography. Consider these place names:
Clear as dregs at the bottom of a whiskey cask, right?
(By the way . . . so few Americans understand this basic geography about the UK that if you master it, you are in an elite league.)
A bit of humor....
We Anglophiles just can't help ourselves: We need to express our British alter egos. Some display Union Jacks, some cross the pond every chance they get, some incessantly watch BBC programming, and some extreme types have even been know to affect a British accent and use a monocle and walking stick! Many accuse us of being an eccentric lot, to which we reply, "Why, thank you!"
Here are several quizzes and lists I have found that determine whether you're an Anglophile. Click the links to view.
A More Definite Definition of "Anglophile"
So back to the question, “What is an Anglophile?” A lover of England, yes. But what about lovers of the UK? Of Britain? Of Wales and/or Scotland? I see no reason to push those folks out from under the “Anglophile” umbrella—at least not here on Anglophiles United!
Now, if the only division of the UK someone adored were Ireland, then I might (gently!) bulk at calling them an Anglophile. Here’s why: I think the Irish culture is singular enough—and vibrant enough and strong enough—to compete with the rest of the UK’s culture. To lump it with the rest of the UK's culture would show a failure to recognize this singularity. Many, I’m sure, would argue that the same is true of Scottish culture, but while I greatly admire the uniqueness of Scottish culture, I do consider it a closer cousin to English culture than Northern Ireland’s. So here at Anglophiles United, when talking about Anglophiles, I’m generally referencing Great Britain—or sometimes, depending on the context, the UK. But everyone is welcome!
Shall I contact Merriam-Webster to quibble about their definition? Ha, ha! I think not!
Gaining a clearer picture of an Anglophile
Still not sure what an Anglophile is? Then simply click through the pages of Anglophiles United, seen below, and you will soon peer into the soul of the Anglophile, seeing what we think about and care about!
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