Anglophile

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Plaque to Paul Mellon, an anglophile, within St George's, Bloomsbury

An Anglophile is a person who admires England, its people, and its culture.[1] Its antonym is Anglophobe.[2] The word's roots come from the Latin Angli "the English", and Ancient Greek φίλος - philos, "friend."

The word Anglophile was first published in 1864 by Charles Dickens in All the Year Round, when he described the Revue des Deux Mondes as "an advanced and somewhat 'Anglophile' publication." [3] Variations of the word, however, were first seen in 1787 and 1793 writings of Thomas Jefferson when he cited Anglomania and Anglophobia. [4]

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The James, an English-style pub in Münster, Germany, sporting the British flag and the sign of James II

In some cases, Anglophilia represents an individual's appreciation of English history and traditional English culture (e.g. William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Samuel Johnson, Gilbert and Sullivan). Anglophilia might also be characterized by fondness for the British monarchy and the English system of government and bureaucracy (e.g. the Westminster system of parliament, the Royal Mail), as well as nostalgia for the former British Empire and the English class system. Anglophiles may enjoy English actors, films, TV shows, radio programmes, musicians, books, magazines, fashion designers, cars, or subcultures.

Anglophiles may use English spellings instead of American spellings, such as 'colour' instead of 'color', 'centre' rather than 'center', or 'traveller' rather than 'traveler'. The use of British-English expressions in casual conversation and news reportage has recently increased in the United States.[5][6][7] The trend, misunderstanding, and misuse of these expressions by Americans has become a topic of media interest in both the United States and England.[5][6][7] University of Delaware English professor Ben Yagoda claims that the use of British English has "established itself as this linguistic phenomenon that shows no sign of abating."[5][6][7] Lynne Murphy, a linguist at the University of Sussex, notes the trend is more pronounced in the Northeastern United States.[6]

Anglophile may also refer to the sexual attraction towards the English people and their accents. The consideration of the British accent as something 'sexy' or attractive is currently a trend in Anglo-America.

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  1. ^ "Anglophile". The American Heritage Dictionary 5th ed. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Anglophobe". The American Heritage Dictionary 5th ed. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  3. ^ "All the Year Round". 1864-12-03. p. 3. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Anglophile". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2014-03-17. 
  5. ^ a b c Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English BBC magazine September 26, 2012
  6. ^ a b c d Separated by a common language blog by University of Sussex linguist Lynne Murphy
  7. ^ a b c Americans Are Barmy Over Britishisms New York Times October 10, 2012

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