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

Paul Eggert eggert at cs.ucla.edu
Thu Nov 17 02:16:34 UTC 2016

On 11/16/2016 05:39 PM, Brian Inglis wrote:
> 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? 

No, I used Google News, which at my location has about 7M hits for 
"United Kingdom" and 29M hits for "Britain". For common terms like this 
I often find Google News to be more useful. I didn't look at the global 
search results for this term.

For what it's worth I subscribe to The Economist, and its section on the 
country is called "Britain". The Guardian's style guide for "United 
Kingdom" says "no need to write in full: say Britain or the UK", and for 
"Britain" it says "Britain is the official short form of United Kingdom 
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" which is news to me; I wonder 
what's "official" about it?




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