This is probably more or less right.My observation on the British thing, as an Irish person, is that most English people will happily call themselves British. So will some (Protestant, conservative) people in Northern Irish, and some (conservative) people in Wales.
Most Welsh people won't, however. No one from Scotland seems to. And more conservative (i.e., nationalist) English people are less likely to do it.
On this subject... if I'm in the US, would I be better saying I come from the UK or Great Britain?
Well, when this happens with an Irish accent, they render the "th" as a hard "t" ("tree" instead of "three") or even a "d" sound ("dis" and "dat" in Dublin, versus "this" and "that"). This is partly a hangover from the Irish language (what Americans call Gaelic) not having an equivalent sound prior to British colonization. Sadly, like everything else in the U.K. and Ireland, it's heavily bound up in regional and class distinctions. I pronounce my "th," but I also grew up in a middle-class South Dublin family and went to a private school, so I have my own weird linguistic quirks people would find annoying (but I'm not in "roysh" for "right" territory). A linguist in the U.S. once pegged me as Irish because I said "em" instead of "um" when trying to remember something in conversation, which was pretty cool.
They'll understand either, but they'll assume you're English. Relatively few people will understand that the U.K. is a complex political entity, and most people won't know that Wales is a part of it.
I usually say I'm from Wales, the country stuck to the side of England.They'll understand either, but they'll assume you're English. Relatively few people will understand that the U.K. is a complex political entity, and most people won't know that Wales is a part of it.
But hey, that's still better than being Irish and being referred to as a "Brit" all the time.
That's odd to me. I call myself British and I hear it all the time. We are British citizens after all. If I'm talking to someone international it's always British and if I'm talking to someone from the UK I'll say which county I'm from rather than which country.