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Old June 5th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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What was the worst thing the British ever did in their empire?


I would say what the British did in north America.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #2

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It would seem to me that the greatest failing of the British was the way they so obviously underinvested in English language education at home.
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Old June 5th, 2011, 02:27 PM   #3
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Is that even a word? And the British did alot in North America, if your question denotes what I think it does, you're going to have to pick a single thing.
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Is that even a word? And the British did alot in North America, if your question denotes what I think it does, you're going to have to pick a single thing.
"Worsted" actually is a word. Curiously, it means exactly the same as "bested" - to have defeated someone. For example, you could say:
Hector was bested by Achilles.
or:
Hector was worsted by Achilles.

Then again, there's a difference between "there", "their" and "they're" that doesn't seem to be taught in British schools these days...

Also, what's an "empie"? Is it one of those people who sits in the House of Commons?

Anyway, back on topic, some of the actions of the British in China and India were far from exemplary. Pushing opium onto the Chinese, for example.

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If it helps i once saw a worsted wool suit and that was English. It wasnt in North America though
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Old June 5th, 2011, 03:06 PM   #6

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"Worsted" actually is a word. Curiously, it means exactly the same as "bested" - to have defeated someone. For example, you could say:
Hector was bested by Achilles.
or:
Hector was worsted by Achilles.

Then again, there's a difference between "there", "their" and "they're" that doesn't seem to be taught in British schools these days...

Also, what's an "empie"? Is it one of those people who sits in the House of Commons?

Anyway, back on topic, some of the actions of the British in China and India were far from exemplary. Pushing opium onto the Chinese, for example.
It may be a word but it isn't a very good one. As a verb it has its uses. It is awkward to say and the adjective worst is sufficient.
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the genocide of the aborigines was pretty horrific, as well as what they did to the native Americans. Didn't they also perform some sort of genocide in Africa also? They also forced many Boers during the Boer War into camps as I recall learning, which caused many unecessary deaths.
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Stick with it rory1497! You seem like a fairly intelligent person, and your interest in history is commendable. Look upon the jibes about spelling and grammar as an incentive and encouragement to improve your writing skills. In a place such as this, where the main form of communication is text and the membership are for the most part decently educated, standards may be higher than you're used to elsewhere. Consider it a challenge; it never hurts to become more proficient at writing.

I'm not going to address the OP question; that sort of thing has been dealt with at length here recently, and though some of the discussion is interesting, for the most part it descends into bashing and chest thumping. That can be fun to watch too, but I'm going to sit this one out as I did the last.
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What do you know, learn something new every day. Cheers Nao.
I'd have to go for the treaty of the second Opium war.
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the genocide of the aborigines was pretty horrific, as well as what they did to the native Americans. Didn't they also perform some sort of genocide in Africa also? They also forced many Boers during the Boer War into camps as I recall learning, which caused many unecessary deaths.
Supposedly the British invented concentration camps in the Boer Wars.
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