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Thread #132420   Message #2996315
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
29-Sep-10 - 03:54 PM
Thread Name: BS: Great Britain or United Kingdom - which?
Subject: RE: BS: Great Britain or United Kingdom - which?
The "Great" in Great Britain has nothing to do with global power and so forth, it's just about size, about bigger than Brittany (Bretagne).

"United Kingdoms" was actually the term used at the time James VI of Scotland also became James I of England. I'm not sure when the S was dropped, but the title does seem specifically to refer to the union of the two kingdoms - no one ever talked before that time about the United Kingdom of England and Wales, or of England, Wales and Ireland.