An Anglophile is a person who admires England, its people, and its culture. Its antonym is Anglophobe. The word's roots come from the Latin Angli "the English", and Ancient Greek φίλος - philos, "friend."
Though Anglophile in the strict sense refers to an affinity for the things, people, places and culture of England, it is sometimes used to refer to an affinity for the same attributes of the British Isles more generally; though the rarely used word Britophile is a more accurate term.
In some cases, the term 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 may also be characterized by fondness for the British monarchy and system of government (e.g. Westminster system of parliament), institutions (e.g. 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 shows, comedy, musicians, books, magazines, fashion designers, cars, traditions (e.g. British Christmas dinner) 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. The trend, misunderstanding, and misuse of these expressions by Americans has become a topic of media interest in both the United States and England. 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." Lynne Murphy, a linguist at the University of Sussex, notes the trend is more pronounced in the Northeastern United States.
- British Invasion
- Culture of England
- Culture of the United Kingdom
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- "Anglophobe". The American Heritage Dictionary 5th ed. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
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- "Holiday Traditions of England "Merry Christmas". Holiday Traditions. Retrieved November 6, 2013
- Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English BBC magazine September 26, 2012
- Separated by a common language blog by University of Sussex linguist Lynne Murphy
- Americans Are Barmy Over Britishisms New York Times October 10, 2012
- "'There are lots of things about England I love, but my husband isn't one of them,' says Madonna". Daily Mail. Retrieved September 2, 2012
- Ian Buruma, Anglomania: a European Love Affair (Random House, 1999 in the US), or Voltaire's Coconuts, or Anglomania in Europe (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999 in the UK).
- Michael Maurer: Anglophilia, European History Online, Mainz: Institute of European History, 2010, retrieved: June 14, 2012.
- Elisa Tamarkin, Anglophilia: Deference, Devotion, and Antebellum America (University of Chicago Press, 2008).
- Time magazine review of Anglomania
- Anglotopia - Anglophile Blog
- Anglophenia - Anglophile Blog from BBC America
- Smitten by Britain - Anglophile and Britophile blog
- Anglophiles United - Blog and website for Anglophiles