I’m hoping some of our British friends can help us sort this out:
The UK to me means the “United Kingdom” – however, the legal name of their space in the world is the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.” The UK itself is not a country, but rather is made up of (4) separate countries including England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Ok, which is it? Isn’t Great Britain and the UK the same?
We’re ok with leaving these 22 authors to state that they live in Great Britain, but it seems that “Great Britain” itself is not a country, but rather a political designation for the (3) countries that include England, Scotland and Wales.
Confused yet? Seems that Great Britain also includes the outlying islands of Isles of Scilly, the Hebrides and the Island group of Orkney and Shetland. The island of Great Britain does not include Northern Ireland.
My research on this issue shows that Great Britain is widely used incorrectly as a synonym for the political state of the United Kingdom. Even more confusing is that some Brits use GB (Great Britain) for their sports designations yet their license plates say the UK.
Do we just allow authors to continue to list “Great Britain” as their country even though it is not a country itself?