So what is an Anglophile exactly? The roots of the word come from Latin and Greek, meaning “English” + “Friend”. According to the world’s best and worst encyclopedia – Wikipedia – “Anglophilia represents an individual’s appreciation of English history. Alongside Anglophiles who are attracted to ‘traditional’ English culture … there are also Anglophiles who like pop and rock music from England and the other countries of the UK … as well as British news and entertainment … and British cars … and British contemporary culture in general. Fondness of the British Monarchy, British bureaucracy … as well as British Empire nostalgia and the English class system, may also be considered Anglophilia.”
There you have it. An Anglophile is simply someone who isn’t English and yet loves everything and anything about England. If you are an Anglophile, you will know this already, but if you aren’t, you might want to know how to spot one for scientific purposes. Some common symptoms of an average Anglophile are:
- commited to watching Masterpiece Theater every Sunday night, especially when an import from BBC is on
- spells things differently on purpose, for instance: “gray” becomes “grey”; “theater” becomes “theatre”; “spelled” becomes “spelt”; etc.
- drinks tea instead of coffee; advanced cases refuse to drink anything but British import
- gets into heated debates on the slightest provocation about whether the 1995 version or the 2005 version of “Pride and Prejudice” was better
- occasionally wakes up in the morning speaking in a British accent
- would rather watch Monty Python than Saturday Night Live anyday
- reads old English books as quickly as if they were comic books
- knows what “snogging” means
- gasps in disbelief when Jane Austen is misquoted (“Lost in Austen,” how could you??)
- checks the weather in London on a regular basis
These are only a few of the consequences of rampant Anglophilia. If you or someone you know is an Anglophile, there is no need to feel ashamed! You are not alone – there is a whole world out there of people obsessed with England. Together we can change the world!