I was watching Question Time last night - well, there was bugger all else on - and couldn't help noticing that the panel kept referring to Britons as "Brits".
Is it too hard to say Briton? I mean, the non-entities who appeared on the programme last night seemed to have no trouble spouting endless meaningless drivel with considerable verbosity - but seemed unable to extend that to the complete the word "Briton".
Would they show the same laxity if they were talking about some of our European neighbours? When discussing the attitudes of the German population would they refer to them as "Germs"? Or the Italians as "Its"? Or the Belgians as "Bellies"?
I'm not sure when the term Brit was first used, but I do recall that it was a derogatory term for Briton used by Irish Republicans back in the seventies and as such it has no place in common usage - certainly not by our politicians and commentators.