[tz] [PATCH] Minor changes to iso3166.tab

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Thu Nov 17 01:39:51 UTC 2016

On 2016-11-16 13:57, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 11/16/2016 08:14 AM, Jiri Bohac wrote:
>> I would also change "Britain" to "United Kingdom",
> "Britain" appears to be considerably more popular in English.

Google shows 149M hits for "Great Britain", 367M for "Britain",
1G for "United Kingdom", and 4G for "UK".
Are you limiting your results to a certain locale or time period?
Results for the past year alone have similar relative frequencies,
using Advanced Search for the word or phrase and English language,
both over the last year and unlimited.

"United Kingdom" and "UK" are uncontentious, and closest to the
correct long phrases, which are contentious when not qualified
at length.

Britain is a colloquial term similar to using America or the
States (and all three are contentious words) to refer to the USA.
Great Britain is now considered a geographical term for the main
island, excluding Northern Ireland and all the other islands
considered part of the United Kingdom, and a contentious phrase
when used for the UK.

Who, What, Why: Why is it Team GB, not Team UK?
"In fact, of the 29 athletes from Northern Ireland in Rio, the
vast majority - 21 - have chosen to represent Team Ireland...
Only eight are representing Team GB."
Team GB is greater than the sum of its parts:

"Teyrnas Unedig Prydain Fawr a Gogledd Iwerddon" shortened to
"Teyrnas Unedig" or "Y Deyrnas Unedig" abbreviated "DU", or
"Rìoghachd Aonaichte Bhreatainn is Èireann a Tuath" shortened to
"Rìoghachd Aonaichte" are also now legal names for the UK, used by
the government, with only 10.6k, 13.5k, 873k(!), 3.9k, 66.4k hits
respectively, across all languages. ;^>

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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