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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Misuse of a term

I was watching the news, and they were asking people who should be the next pope. Some twit said that the next pope should not be "an Anglo". As John Paul 2 was form Poland that would make him slavic, not anglo. The term "anglo" comes form the Anglo-Saxon tribes that rocked up to Britian in the dark ages. So it shouldn't be used to describe all Europeans. As it means basically means English, so it should not be used to describe people of Irish , Scottish or Welsh decent either.

3 Comments:

  • At 7:48 pm, April 05, 2005, Blogger JP said…

    Are Poles slavs? I really don't know, but always got the impression they weren't . . .

    I don't think there has ever been an "anglo" pope, after all, for the last 500 years most Anglos have been protestant, kind of minimising their chances, and previous to that the Anglos were just a bunch of islanders in the wrong sea . . . . kind of like the Tasmanians of the dark ages . . .

     
  • At 8:40 am, April 18, 2005, Blogger Adam said…

    Don't Anglo-Celtics count as "Anglos" as well?

     
  • At 10:45 am, April 18, 2005, Blogger B. S. Fairman said…

    Joel -there was an English Pope, had a big disagreement with King John of Robin Hood fame. Most likely he spoke French instead of English like all the upper class did in those days. And according to Wikipedia the Poles are western slavic.

    Adam - Celtics shouldn't count if they strongly anti-English. The Irish used to complain about Anglo culture invading Ireland.

     

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