Worth Sharing #17

July 18, 2016

Disambiguating Britain

I have a confession — until this last week I didn’t know the true difference between the United Kingdom, Britain, England and so on. Thanks to Project Britain it’s now clear. Here’s how I break it down.

Areas Of Land

Britain — The land area comprising the countries of England and Wales.

Great Britain — The land area comprising the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland.

British Isles — The land area comprising Great Britain (England, Wales, and Scotland), Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), Ireland (not part of the United Kingdom), and several smaller surrounding islands.


United Kingdom — The trick here is to know the United Kingdom is short for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The UK is a governing body made up of 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Another way to think about it: the United Kingdom is a country made up of 4 other countries.


What I’m listening to —

I’m enjoying rediscovering ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ by The Smashing Pumpkins. While ‘Siamese Dream’ was a groundbreaking album, I consider ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’ to be Billy Corgan’s magnum opus.