Re: Damn'd fools

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Sat Jul 26 2003 - 07:01:11 EDT

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    On Fri, 25 Jul 2003 21:28:30 +0100, Michael Everson wrote:

    > >Presumably the name of the U.K. would change, however.
    > Why? It would be the United Kingdom of Great Britain, which comprises
    > England, Scotland, Wales, and the Duchy of Cornwall.

    "United Kingdom of Great Britain" as opposed to the present "United Kingdom of
    Great Britain and Northern Ireland". The whishful misnomer "United Kingdom" of
    course refers to the union of the erstwhile independant kingdoms of England
    (including the principality of Wales and various other territories) and
    Scotland. "Ireland" and later the reduced "Northern Ireland" was tagged onto the
    official name of the country as somewhat of an afterthought (no doubt reflecting
    its status within the political union).

    BTW the Duchy of Cornwall is part of England, even if the Cornish are not
    necessarily English.


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