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

Bruce Richardson itsbruce at uklinux.net
Mon Apr 15 01:01:19 UTC 2002

On Mon, Apr 15, 2002 at 12:44:47AM +0100, Nix wrote:
> On Sun, 14 Apr 2002, Bruce Richardson said:
> > Whatever the legal meaning, "Great Britain" is so called to distinguish
> > it from "Lesser Britain" i.e. Brittany.
> No, the historic term is simply `Britain'; documents older than 1707
> call it that.
> The `Great' was stuck on the front at the time of the Act of Union as a
> piece of political puffery and greater-than-thou nationalism :)

Beg to differ.  "Grande Bretagne" was in use in France long before that.
The first official use of the term in these isles was by James the Sixth
and First on his ascension in 1603.


I unfortunately do not know how to turn cheese into gold.
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