[Gllug] RE: [Glut] Official country code for Britain = GB or UK?

Pete Ryland pdr at pdr.cx
Mon Apr 15 01:34:55 UTC 2002

On Mon, Apr 15, 2002 at 12:54:33AM +0100, E. R. Vaughan wrote:
> I am aware of this.  but I think we could lose the "Great" :) Thanks to
> Bruce for clearing up where that came from though! What I meant was that
> everyone just says "UK" now, when asked where they live on IRC etc...

So what is England, then?  Is it not a country?  The Houses of Parliament in
London (er, Westminster I mean) only govern England, right? [1]

But then why does it say "British" for nationality on my passport?  Does
that make Britain (aka GB, aka England, Scotland, Wales and S.Ireland,
right?) the nation (aka country) of which I'm a citizen, and if so, what the
frig does that make UK?  Is it just a collection of friendly neighbouring
countries (GB + N.Ireland + surrounding islands) or is it something more
official? [2]

Any enlightenment appreciated,

[1] From WordNet (r) 1.7 [wn]: nation n 1: a politically organized body of
people under a single government; ... [syn: {state}, {country}, {land},
{commonwealth}, {res publica}, {body politic}]

[2] WordNet lists GB and UK as synonyms.  That's not right though is it?

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