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I've heard that there are numerous slang terms for calling people from different regions. But like "kraut (German)", "Ivan (Russian)", "Dixie/Redneck (Southern U.S.)" or "Goombah (Italian)", most of these terms are offensive as they imply feelings of aversion. Then, would the word "Brits" be considered rude for British people as well?

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Rebecca

Interesting question! Calling British people "Brits" would not be considered rude. In this case, the word "Brits" is just a shortened version of "British". You can use it to reference British people in general. Ex: The Brits got it right when they decided you must serve tea with cake! Ex: The Americans call the game "soccer". But, the Brits call it "football".

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