|Originally posted by Matteo:
Nettie, in Italy Brit=English.
It'a mistake on our part of course. Nevertheless, everyone coming from Great Britain
(and sometimes Ireland too) is referred to as "Inglese".
Matteo, apologise to the Scots!
The British Isles
is a geographic entity, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, often erroneously includes the Channel Isles.British Islands
is a political entity for all British inhabitants of British Isles plus Channel Islands (Jersey, Geurnsey, Alderney, Sark).Great Britain
another geographic entity, the mainland comprising England, Scotland and Wales.
We have England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Isles (and historically Duchy of Cornwall) combined as the political entity (now devolving) United Kingdom
(united my foot)
Each of England, Scotland and Wales includes various smaller islands as well as parts of mainland Great Britain
but common usage has led to the term Great Britain
being used to describe these three countries (and even the whole of the UK
(which includes Northern Ireland) in the Olympics).
The word Britain
has also come to be an alias for the UK
and the terms British, Briton and Brit
have been derived to denote its inhabitants.
I am English
and have to put British
on my passport as Nationality.
On the internet I have to say my country
(it's not a country) except for a tiny minority of sites; England
is not an option.
Calling a Scot a Brit is not quite like the Canadians being called American.
In Florida my accent gets mistaken as Australian (and the Aussie standing next to me gets mistaken as English)
edited to add: Sorry, I like VB (as a lager) but prefer REAL ALE not the bright, micro-breweried North American offerings.[ March 10, 2004, 10:29 AM: Message edited by: Nettie ]