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    How Americans Use 'Anglo' vs How Others Use 'Anglo'

    I noticed something that I think should be discussed. Skadi's staff obviously uses the term Anglo in the standard (non-American) way. In this thread, Resist says:

    If you are, for example, of WASP background, pick "Anglo-American"as your ethnicity; optionally, you can add "English, Scottish, Dutch", etc. in the ancestry field.
    To most people outside of America, the word Anglo implies English ancestry. It's an abbreviation for Anglo-Saxon. However, some Americans use the term Anglo in a different way:

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    Starting in the 90s, Americans began using the term 'Anglo' to refer to all White English speaking people (regardless of ethnicity). This can create confusion when Americans discuss their ancestry with foreigners.

    Just something that I thought was worth pointing out.

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    Some use the word "BRITS". What is the meaning of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwab View Post
    Some use the word "BRITS". What is the meaning of that?
    'Brits' is derived from the island's name, Britain, which is in turn derived from an earlier Celtic word for the island. The Welsh still call the island Prydain (which sounds very similar to 'Britain').

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    I became familiar with the phrase "Anglo" in the 1970s after my family moved to Arizona. It was a general term for White people (not Hispanic) and it goes back to early Texas & California and originally most people it referred to were of Anglo-Scottish descent. But even in the 1970s it included Italians & Lebanese. Which was just stupid.

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