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There is a pejorative phrase in the United States for country hicks that has recently arisen:

'murica

Implying that that user of the phrase doesn't pronounce their words properly and doesn't care.

Specifically it denotes people who are carefree about their appearance and behaviour, who don't live in the coastal states and are unworried about needing to come across as intelligent.

In Australia - the equivalent phrase is:

'straya

My question is: What is the UK equivalent of 'murica and 'straya?

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    The linked articles give different definitions of " 'Murica" and " 'Straya", not the ones you suggest. Have you any supporting evidence (not just anecdotal) for the broadened usages you claim? 'People who say " 'Murica" ' or 'He's one of those people who say " 'Murica" ' I wouldn't query. But you seem to suggest "He's a 'Murica/n' " being used as a pejorative, as opposed to by one who normally speaks that way. Mar 17, 2018 at 10:27
  • Is this disregard for category (country vs. resident) a requirement?
    – Spencer
    Mar 17, 2018 at 11:08
  • Does anyone outside the South say 'Murca?
    – KarlG
    Mar 17, 2018 at 11:13
  • @hawkeye - can you provide example sentences using the two words.
    – Dan
    Mar 17, 2018 at 11:43

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I'd suggest Ingerland, possibly also spelt In-ger-land:

informal a jocular spelling of England, as pronounced in the chants of sports, esp football, supporters

collins

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The term oik may well fit:

Collins:

oik (ɔɪk) n [derogatory slang] Brit

a person regarded as inferior because ignorant, ill-educated, or lower-class

Wiktionary suggests a parallel etymology:

Etymology

Unknown, early 20th century. Possibly onomatopoeic, in imitation of uncultivated speech.

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  • Most terms have. Mar 17, 2018 at 10:56
  • @EdwinAshworth - oik half-works: the (patronising) sense of ignorant/ill-educated/lower class suggested by the OP for 'murica' and ''straya'. But it doesn't include the (semi-disguised) put down of crude patriotism that is also implied. Curiously hard to locate an equivalent for 'British' or 'English'.
    – Dan
    Mar 17, 2018 at 11:56
  • You need to specify this in your question (and to respond to the requests for clarification). I can't think of a corresponding pejorative BrE term based on a dialect form of 'England', 'Britain' etc. Mar 17, 2018 at 14:21
  • @EdwinAshworth Of course not ... it wouldn't be proper. :)
    – Lawrence
    Mar 21, 2018 at 17:08
  • @JJJ None of those is a ' a pejorative phrase in the United Kingdom for country hicks'. Mar 21, 2018 at 17:27

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