Wee heads up to you all. Great Britain has given the world so much from such a small nation. Yeah we invaded , stole & coveted lands but we also brought democracy , justice & fortune to the world.....Go anywhere in the world & you will meet a Brit be they Scottish, English ,Northern Irish or Welsh...
Don't forget amazing rock and roll! :-)
Yeah your right there friend.
Just like 'United' in United states of America. lol.
Well awesome would have been pushing it a bit too much.
Hello Mr. Nimbus,
Popular opinions abound, and we all have opinions and feelings about these things. Putting our feelings and opinions aside, please read on:
Britain was the name the Roman's gave the whole island, which contains modern-day England, Wales and Scotland. The name is derived from the Latin name Britannia.
England used to be known as Engla-land, meaning the "Land of the Anglais..." as named by people from continental Germany who began to invade Britain in the late 5th century, along with the Saxons and Jute.
The term "Great Britain" was first coined during the reign of King James The First of England (JamesVI of Scotland) in 1603 to refer to the seperate kingdoms of England and Scotland, on the same landmass that was ruled over by the same monarch. Despite having the same Monarchy under James I, both kingdoms kept their own parliments.
The "United Kingdom of Great Britain" was formed by the Act of the Union of 1707 that created a single kingdom, with a single parliament, but it still allowed Scotland to retain it's own legal system.
About a hundred years later, the Act of the Union of 1801 joined Ireland to "Great Britain" and the name "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland" was first used. (Since 1921, only Northern Ireland has been part of The United Kingdom, and so the name changed.)
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Hope this helps shed light on the nomenclature.
No, I think it's a fair assessment.
No its an OxyMoron
more of a double entendre
You confuse the union of the 3 nations of Britain becoming 'great' with the the definition of great being wonderful or powerful.
They took over North American and Australia. Know of any other nation great enough to wipe out two continents?
I have reviewed those places. Africa stood against the tide as did Asia. India actually survived British attack as did most of Africa, South Africa being the noteworthy exception. North Americans are now called Indians and a small minority in their own land while Australians are now called Aborigines . Asians and Africans all hold majority populations and keep their native identity apart from South Africa. This is why I don't agree with you diddlydooha and daviesgirl.
Didn't it mean "expansive empire" or something like that back when the name came to be o.o?
I know what you mean though, and from what I have heard it is a misnomer.
Britain is great.