fine-tuning the antihibernian ethnonym: an emic view

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jul 6 17:52:48 UTC 2008

The quote refers to the Royal Marines in 1882:
1909-10 Alexander Irvine _From the Bottom Up_ (N.Y.: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1910) 30: In the barrack-room, my brogue brought me several Irish nicknames which irritated me. They were names usually attached to the Roman Catholic Irish, and having been brought up in an Ulster community, where part of a boy's education is to hate Roman Catholics, I naturally resented these names. A Protestant Irishman will tolerate " Pat," but "Mick" will put him in a fighting attitude in a moment. The only way out of the difficulty was to rid myself of the brogue, and this I proceeded to do.

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