Anglo Saxon Contemporary Meanings
The term "Anglo-Saxon" is used today in two different ways. It is used differently in both political and academic circles. While this situation is rarely made in the United Kingdom, it is commonly seen in both the United States and Canada. In academic circles, the word is used to describe a group of Germanic speaking people that arrived in Great Britain around the 5th century. In political circles the term is used to describe a variety of different people in the US and Canada. The term WASP is derived from the word "Anglo-Saxon," and it was heavily used by Irish Catholics. The word WASP is an acronym which stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. While the term was used by Irish Catholics, there are a number of different groups who use the term for various reasons.
Some use the word Anglo-Saxon to describe people in the US or Canada whose family originated in England. Others use the term to refer to anyone living in the United States whose family originated in Europe. In addition to race, the word is also used to refer to individuals who meet a certain economic label. As you can see, the differences between the academic and the political use of this word are very distinct. A number of linguists today use the term Anglo-Saxon to refer to the West Germanic portion of the Old English language. The French use the word Anglo-Saxon to refer to the people of the United States, Britain, and sometimes Canada. Anglo Saxon has become a very broad term when it is used politically.
Some would say that this term can be used to describe the culture, economy, and technology of English speaking countries. While countries such as Australia are commonly thought of as being Anglo-Saxon, some are substituting this term for Anglo-Celtic, due to the contributions that were made by these people. Anglo-Saxon is a popular term that is used frequently, but it is always important to remember that the political and academic differences are large.
Original Authors: Stephen Palmer
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 15/07/2008