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

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Thu Nov 17 22:10:34 UTC 2016

On 2016-11-17 09:22, Paul Eggert wrote:
> On 11/16/2016 08:26 PM, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
>>> 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?
>> Nothing.
> I tend to agree. It's curious, though. I looked into it, and all I
> found were other people quoting the Guardian's style guide. I even
> found it quoted in the book "British Politics: A Very Short
> Introduction" (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 2013) by Tony
> Wright, an authority on the subject. After the quotation he merely
> notes "this probably takes us just about as far as we can usefully go
> on this front" which is an odd thing to say about a statement that
> does not seem to be supported by any evidence.
> I was amused to learn during my reading that the United Kingdom of
> Great Britain and Northern Ireland was formed in 1922. So officially,
> the US is older than the UK! Who would have thought it?

That only inserted the Northern qualification into the style, as the
United Kingdom was originally created (still later than the USA) by
the 1801 Acts of Union and styled the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Ireland.
The 1707 Acts of Union referred to it as the United Kingdom of Great
Britain, and United Kingdom, but was styled Kingdom of Great Britain,
or Great Britain officially.
In his 1604 Proclamation of the Union James VI/I styled himself King
of Great Britain, France and Ireland by royal prerogative, as in the
1603 Union of the Crowns the English parliament would agree only to
the style King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, which was
the official term used until the Civil War.

P.S. My mother's family apparently emigrated suddenly from NI to
Scotland sometime in the early 20s, possibly due to legal or sectarian
troubles, but those who knew why took the reason to their graves,
leaving younger members with an interest in the history of the period.
Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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