This was discussed in the not too distant past that the name came from a
tribe called the Pretani (?) and the Romans thought the ONE island was
actually TWO when they charted up to the Firth of Forth. Hence, a division
of Pretani the Greater (south of the Forth) and Pretani the Lesser (north
of the Forth). Great Britain (I thought) has come to mean the whole island
occupied by Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Scotland and England. The United
Kingdom (I thought) came into vogue with the Union of the Crowns of
Scotland and England under James VI (I) of Scotland (England).
Of course, this may all have been a waking dream and complete tripe...
> From: Tracey Holsgrove <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Great Britain
> Date: Tuesday, April 15, 1997 8:32 AM
> On Mon, 14 Apr 1997 18:40:57 -0400 Paula Malone u wrote:
> > i think that's the commonwealth (australia, india etc....) and canada's
> > still in it. i've always thought "great britain" referred to england,
> > scotland and wales, while "united kingdom" meant england, scotland,
> > wales, and northern ireland.
> As far as I can make out, the terms seem pretty much interchangeable.
> certainly seem to describe the state as "Great Britain" or "The United
> It just strikes me as a joke, this place is certainly no longer "United",
> Scottish and Welsh nationalist movements, there is a very strong
> divide in England. And in my opinion, it's never been "Great", if "Great
> celebrating centuries of imperialism, then it is about time we looked for