Anglophilia

Anglophilia

[ang-gluh-fil-ee-uh]
An Anglophile is a person who is fond of English culture and England in general. Its antonym is Anglophobe. Since 1707 it is commonly used in the context of the United Kingdom and British culture rather than just England.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word comes from French, and ultimately from Latin Anglus "English" + Ancient Greek φίλος - philos, "friend"). It gives the first use as occurring in 1867, where the journal Revue des deux mondes is described as a "thoroughly Anglophile journal".

In some cases, anglophilia represents an individual's preference for English culture over their own; the belief that English culture is superior; or an appreciation of English history.

Alongside anglophiles who are attracted to 'traditional' English culture (e.g. Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Dr Johnson), there are also anglophiles who like pop and rock music from England and its contemporary culture generally.

American anglophiles will often use English spellings, such as 'colour' instead of 'color', 'favourite' instead of 'favorite', 'centre' instead of 'center', and 'realise' instead of 'realize'.

Very rarely, it is used to describe the adherence to the culture of the wider Anglosphere such as Canada, Australia, the United States and New Zealand.

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