"A True-Born Englishman's a contradiction,
In speech an irony, in fact a fiction."
Daniel Defoe, author and journalist M. Vandergucht engraving, after Jeremiah Taverner 1703
"From this amphibious ill-born mob began
That vain ill-natured thing, an Englishman.
The customs, surnames, languages and manners,
Of all these nations are their own explainers:
Whose relics are so lasting and so strong,
They ha' left a shibboleth upon our tongue;
By which with easy search you may distinguish
Your Roman-Saxon-Danish-Norman English."