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The British identity is more attractive to younger people than the elderly, according to analysis of data from the 2011 census.
Differences between identifying as British, and English or Scottish self-identification.
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The pending Euro and Scottish elections are raising tumultuous debates about English identity and governance. So what do these uncertain times mean for the country's future, asks John Harris
What does it mean to be English? A very party-political look.
The NHS, Tesco and Tristram Hunt among 'people and institutions who should know better' in line for badge of shame
'Less' instead of 'fewer', an apostrophe for a plural: bad grammar highlighted.
Changing economics and tastes in Britain have claimed roughly one out of every five “locals” in the last 20 years.
Should the pub be allowdd to die?
Do you know your espresso from expresso? Your prescription from your perscription?
How's your pron?
Free learning from The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/english-language --- A look at the history of the English lan...
A fun 11-minute animated video on the history of the world's lingua franca.
It's wrong to feel queasy about flags and national holidays.
The British middle class is facing a crisis of confidence, says Labour's leader. But in a nation famously fixated on social stratifications, what does the term actually mean?
What the middle class is - or may be - and why British politicians are trying too woo it.
The left wants to celebrate nationality.
The future for every Briton is another country – as history shows. Give us all a referendum to find out what those countries are It's no accident that only the Scottish are holding an independence referendum next year.
Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky
In defence of non-standard English.
Goodbye 'she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore', hello 'pad kid poured curd pulled cold' - quite possibly the hardest tongue twister ever created.
The toughest tongue twister ever?
Summaries of recent developments in UK education, with links to further reading.
Eccentric British May pastimes.
Split infinitives make them shudder and they’d never end a sentence with a preposition. But linguist Geoffrey Pullum has a message for all grammar pedants: you're wrong
A linguist on the prescriptivism vs descriptivism debate.
War words (some long gone).
In 1994 Will Self wrote a long essay about English culture: how has the nation changed since then? And do the old cherished ideas of Englishness bear any resemblance to reality?
Twenty years of cultural references...
Englishness updated in 2014
I’m 25. I’m a graduate. I’m about to be unemployed. I’m a London suburbanite. And I have no savings. So what class am I?
Class - the obsessions of the British? Or only the middle class? Or perhaps the BBC?
Head to head: That was the conclusion of a new study? Alex McClintock and Rae Earl debate the merits of the Australian upward inflection
The somewhat difficult to define "cheekiness". Is it uniquely British?
Neologism, new uses and more.
An Observer poll conducted in four countries reveals the widening gulf between Britain and the rest of the EU.