Thank you for joining me for another Fab Confab :)
When I moved here, I asked if the United Kingdom was a country. Unanimously, the reply was 'yes'. Then I'd ask (not to be 'cheeky'), then what is England? I'd get blank stares, unsure how to answer this because they didn't know. One English friend sent me a map (below) after she did some research (thank you!).
Perhaps no place is more complicated to describe geopolitically. According to Wikipedia, I live in England, which is just one of the four countries within the country of the United Kingdom. Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland being the other three.
Great Britain is the name of the island I live on. In the Olympics, I'll be cheering for Great Britain (or is it the UK?). And for the US too, of course. And when I buy something online, I scroll to United Kingdom for payment and shipping. Here is a map to clear it up at bit.
So I posed the question to two English blogger friends, 'What does it really mean to be British versus English'? Like many foreigners, I throw these words around interchangeably.
Response from Sarah of Modern Country Style: