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Got talking with British rose, a real nice English lady about the age and use of the term British.
British rose said that the term British was very old and was first used thousands of years ago. Is this true?
Is there, or was there ever, a British language, or any proof that a ancient race called the British ever existed.

I told British rose about these Irish forums and a different version of the history of the British. Here I have read clear reasoning to conclude that the term British is only two hundred and fifty years old, and much less in common usage.
My friend just dismissed these ideas as ridiculous, and insisted that she was right. British rose got quite angry when I suggested that insistence was not yet a substitute for proof.
I am not sure my friend is ready to hear that the United States of America is older than the United Kingdom.

One very interesting point clarified, British rose said that her grandparents never referred to themselves as British, they referred to themselves as English.
I think British rose now has her own doubts about how old the use of the term British is.

Someone here said it best. It does appear that most who are born to a proud British family, are brainwashed into repeating myths about the British and England. These people are educated in selected stories of the distant past, which have been pieced together to suit a new story, which is then called history. What it amounts to is nothing more than a book of fanciful stories that no one can prove or disprove. Not too different to the Bible. People repeat as fact, the parts they want to believe. No proof, or credibility needed for such people who want to believe.
I guess the British myth making example, proves some people need to own a past, even if it is a totally invented history.
Myths can be powerful, they can provide contentment to people who have little real knowledge, or personal family culture. Myths can provide a common bond to people who may otherwise have little in common. Disparate groups identify with the myth and call it history. National mindsets are born this way.

Help me solve this question.
Anyone know when the term British was first used?
Anyone know when the term British was first regularly used by English people?
Next question has to be, how old is the term English.

It is a historical fact that a distinct and recognizable English language is first mentioned towards the end of the middle ages.
French was the language of the Normans, right? Germanic the language of Saxons. Neither naturally spoke English.
So we can conclude that the English nation started quite recently, somewhere around 1500.

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