Responding to an earlier comment you made David, I was wrong to say you were nerdy, you are just particular about the proper use of language, me too.
Slightly off-topic, I am slightly irritated to have the French characterise me as ‘anglais’, because I speak English. I can understand why, but I do sometimes feel the need to say, in a light-hearted way, that I am “citoyen du Royaume-Uni, Brittanique”. It’s a bit long-winded, and I wouldn’t want to be understood as putting down a French interlocutor, but it is a point worth making, especially to administrative types? I don’t ever describe myself as English, always British, although I was born in Birmingham and thought of myself as English as a child. I wonder what is the experience of other ‘survivors’?
My wife is a naturalised British citizen (since 1977), her heritage is Zambian, and she doesn’t feel English. People still ask her where she comes from, in England at least. Curiously, or perhaps not, people here in France seem to assume she’s French, she is always addressed in French outside the home. She has that sophistication, style and self-assurance required to ‘fit in’ here, and lacks that gaucherie and awkwardness of some Brits in French company.