Or if those who knit English tick off those who knit Continental.
Probably not; only because I think the knitting community reveres the Continental knitters more than they revere the English ones.
Kind of like the way the Los Angeles people revere the Democrats.
I'm not sure that I care either way, because I pretty much don't, but the other morning in Parenting Class, the teacher felt it was Important to explain that the speaker, the speaker, a popular talk-show host who was flying in from Seattle on a Cheap-o flight to talk to us about raising successful children was a Republican. She said he was a Republican, but he was a good speaker, anyway...and there was nothing for us to worry about.
So what do you make of the Continental and English Divide? I was an English knitter until I decided that I wanted to make a change. I read a book or two, looked at few pics, worked a few rows, and then I was a Continental knitter. I find it makes things a bit faster but the left shoulder hurts if I overdo it. And yes, I know, the pain could come from other activities like my rabid cherry-picking disco move I do in between rows, but still, nothing ever hurt when I was knitting English (except, of course my knitting speed.)
Add to that the whole "whether or not you flick or pluck" your stitches when you knit Continental. I'm thinking that there's some sort of flicking or plucking nuance that makes you either a true Continental or a Swedish or a Norwegian or maybe even a German slash Amish. Aye aye aye aye.
I don't think it matters how you knit, really, unless you start asking everyone for their opinions. Once you start asking people for their opinions, you'll most likely be blown over from the amount of stale, hot wind all the talking creates. You'll be blown over by all sorts of theories and "when I was" stories and why you should or why you shouldn't and what-not and all that.
I say it's best if you don't discuss it all. Just knit, and if someone asks about your technique, tell them you're either knitting or purling.
After all, knitting and purling is pretty much all knitting is about anyway. Just knits and purls. Knits and purls.
It's all knits and purls.
BTW: I remember a random post wherein I claimed I would finish that knitted skirt by the end of October. I haven't picked up the poor number since I made that claim. I must be full of hot hair. ...But wouldn't it be fab if I could wear it Halloween night? Oy. Must get started on the other half, or swirl up the nerve to wear the front of the skirt pinned onto a new pair of briefs. I suppose, in these parts, no one would dare ask, "What's up with that?"