Difference between the UK, Great Britain & England

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago in

Finally, the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England explained in simple terns.
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Male 93
Spot on :)
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Male 1,256
Easy enough.
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Male 276
There America. Now stop being so drating thick. :D
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Male 95
lol I love the "who cares" comments... It`s statements like that, which give American`s the reputation of being naive.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Hmm, I realize the monarch doesn`t really have any power anymore realistically. But if the monarch were to come to Canada/Australia and start ordering people around how much control would they theoretically have?

I know here that the Governor-General (Monarch`s representative in Canada), while mostly symbolic, does have some amount of real power in being able to freeze parliament and call an election. So if the Queen came here would she be able to do that? Or perhaps even more?[/quote]

Theoretically, yes. Practically, no.

The last time a UK monarch exercised *any* formal power was in 1708 when Queen Anne vetoed a law. It was the year after Scotland entered the union and she waded in on the contentious issue of a Scottish militia.

King William informally used royal power to rig a key vote and force voting reform through in 1832, but that was an extreme case that stood due to popular support for the reform and he did it to stop a revolution.
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Male 12,365
[quote]My grandparents were from Northern Ireland, I never knew that it was actually a separate country. I always thought that they were referring to the northern part of Ireland. I feel stupid.[/quote]

Why? You`re from a different country thousands of miles away and Ireland is a small place with hardly any power.

It`s only been two countries since 1929. It was split in an attempt to stop the religious and political violence that`s blighted Ireland for centuries.
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Male 12,365
[quote]We`ve always been uppity xiquiripat. So much so, the Romans gave up and just built a wall to keep us in.[/quote]

That was the Picts, not the Scots.

Also, there was nothing up there that the Romans wanted - the further north they went in Britain, the less resources there were for them. Southern Britain had lots of superb farming, tin, copper, lead, silver, gold and a relatively large population to tax. Northern Britain didn`t. It took the Romans 10 years to conquer as far north as they did, there were rebellions all over the place as soon as their backs were turned and the Boudiccan revolt was a bloody nightmare. It cost Rome a fortune to keep enough soldiers in Britain. It wasn`t going to be cost-effective to go further north.

The Picts were fierce barbarians who told the Romans to shove pax romana up their arses and burnt everything Romans built that didn`t have a garrison of soldiers in it, but Rome could have conquered them.
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Male 12,365
[quote]God, this poo was so much easier when you guys were still an empire and the scots weren`t so uppity.[/quote]

Not really - England was an empire before Scotland joined with it and the area around the border between England and Scotland wasn`t really loyal to either country for centuries. The Scottish nobility were Norman French and related to the English nobility (also Norman French). Northern England and Southern England were different countries with different backgrounds and unified only by massive force and brutal bloodshed (the harrowing of the north).

Messy history here, very messy.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Obviously it`s something most Europeans would have been taught at a young age,[/quote]

Not really, no. Even in the UK, people generally only know the distinction between UK, GB, England, Scotland and Wales. Details about the Commonwealth, crown dependencies and overseas territories are not widely known. In Europe itself (and no, the UK is not generally considered to really be part of Europe), I expect they learn less about the details of the UK and more about their own countries.

[quote] but American schools focus more on how we separated from them.[/quote]

Which is fair enough - the educational system in every country focuses more on that country.

Incidentally, the UK is neither a theocracy nor a monarchy despite technically being both.

There are further divisions within the countries, due to them all being comprised of various kingdoms unified by force.
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Female 375
"Difference between the UK, Great Britain & England? who cares"

True. Also, America and USA, that`s the same thing right?
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Male 628
nicely done, but i`ve heard of people getting sub-country passports, their the same as British ones but more restricting and more expensive
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Male 573
Good post
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Male 258



The one and only bit of backbone you`ll see a frenchman displaying. They get it beaten out of them early, probably to prepare them for a life designing women`s dresses, making grainy pointless films, burning welsh lambs and general surrendering.
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Male 200
5ofclubs, intelligent people mostly. so don`t worry about it ^^

as for the video, i feel like the narrator should have had a brittish accent... interesting all the same
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Female 1,380
@sylphies just because you tend to forget about alaska or hawaii doesn`t mean a lot of others do as well...that`s just kinda sad.
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Male 1,360


sit on it and you will see the Eiffel tower
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Male 90
Difference between the UK, Great Britain & England? who cares
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Male 605
@afroAussie.

No, that`s not all they do. The crown is in charge of opening parliament and the PM must declare the intention for a general election to the queen. The monarchy is still de facto in charge, although there power is diminished, in the case of a `worst case scenario` runaway government (ie a fascist government) the queen/king could declare an election to `get rid` of that party. Theoretically.
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Male 405
I laughed at the description of England trying to pretend it`s in the middle of the atlantic, while trying to cling on to America.
Sadly true :D
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Male 73
This video is very misleading, it is basically saying that the monarchy rules the country apart from all the small matters which the government takes care of. This is very wrong indeed, The monarchy do not lead the country, they sit back and let the government decide EVERYTHING, all the monarchy want is there money through tax, and for the queen to give a speech once a year near Christmas. That is pretty much all the royal family does apart from charity events etc.
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Female 4,225
Rule Britannia,
Britannia rule the waves
Britons never, never, never will be slaves

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Male 365
trelina, you don`t. We just get right to the frustrated swearing :D
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Female 249
i`m disappointed. they didn`t answer if we get laughed at or not.
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Male 1,397
Well, there you have it in a nutshell. Well done!
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Male 338
@handys003, it`s small man syndrome...of course the Scots, Welsh and Irish care more about the differentiation.

Also the vid is wrong on a couple of things - only watched the start but UK is not 4 sovereign countries.
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Male 997
Loving the West Lothian question getting thrown in thar.

Hatred between the countries is banter, best mate is Scottish doesn`t stop me telling him his country is a frozen Hell on Earth, which he is lucky to have made it across the border to escape and him taking the piss out of me for being English.

Also the regional hatred between North and South England, which you then have again between North and South London. UK is most tolerant place on earth, we hate everyone around us but generally live harmoniously.
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Male 2,220
So my favourite whisky comes from the Aukland Islands now?
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Male 2,220
@PJFroggy


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Female 182
meh ... i knew all that :P
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Male 2,850
@jib

"Puerto Rico and such are not considered states of the US they`re more like acquired territories although people born there are considered US citizens"

Yes, *I* know that. I asked because it didn`t seem that tlshaman knew that, what with his comment:

"United States: 50 states, one federal government.
THE END"
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Male 1,360
:)
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Male 1,360
aaah ze Britiche; bade waitheir, bade cookingue , sexuelle frustrachione, normal they are jaloos se of the french!
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Male 337
@bod007

You`re just trying too hard...I knew about this previously, but my grandmother was from England and my grandfather was Scottish.
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Male 959
One major error. Not all citizens of Northern Ireland have British passports, or are `Northern Irish` or `British`. Under the Good Friday Agreement they have the right to Irish citizenship and are therefore `Irish`. The use of orange as the colour for Northern Ireland is also offensive to approximately 45% of the people of Northern Ireland.
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Male 605
@tlshaman

"United States: 50 states, one federal government.
THE END"

Nope. Your forgetting Guam and other unincorporated US territories. Also, technically four states- Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are Commonwealths.
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Male 6
At last, somebody from North America who, not only knows where the U.K is, but also knows how we work! Big well done to you, sir!
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Male 133
very well done.
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Female 2,927
dude slow down.
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Male 359
Who cares?
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Male 1,116
Learning is fun.
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Male 47
why didn`t i learn this in school? It only 5 minutes and 15 seconds! haha.
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Female 470
He talked too fast. :(
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Male 12
Hmm, I realize the monarch doesn`t really have any power anymore realistically. But if the monarch were to come to Canada/Australia and start ordering people around how much control would they theoretically have?

I know here that the Governor-General (Monarch`s representative in Canada), while mostly symbolic, does have some amount of real power in being able to freeze parliament and call an election. So if the Queen came here would she be able to do that? Or perhaps even more?
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Male 626
Very informative.
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Male 2,402
@danthew
Well I`m glad you really don`t get worked up. However I was in Scotland at a local pub after Braveheart just started in the theaters. Try telling that to a bunch of drunken Scots.
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Male 617
um....awesome. LOVE me some trivia...and I love the UK. i refer to myself as a colonist. HA.
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Male 736
that was good
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Female 2,289
doesn`t matter how much sense it makes. someone`s gonna find fault with it anyway
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Male 2,121
No-one in England really cares about the difference between "Great Britain" and "The United Kingdom".

It doesn`t really matter, if in doubt say UK, you can`t really go wrong. Being English I use all three, mostly UK just because it`s quicker to type.
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Female 277
It`s really not that difficult guys.
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Male 476
I totally memorized the whole thing!
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Male 314
@musuko42
Puerto Rico and such are not considered states of the US they`re more like acquired territories although people born there are considered US citizens
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Male 588
I think that IAB had a picture-only post describing the whole British/English/UK thing a while back, but I found myself trying to remember what the exact details were the other day.

This is a timely and more detailed explanatory post.

Thank you IAB.
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Male 5,194
Correct answer: You`re WRONG.
Doesn`t matter which term you use, you`re just always, always wrong. I`ve had close to 40 years of dealing with this BS, and I know. Save yourself some grief - just call them all a bunch of f*ckin` eurotards and be done with it.
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Male 2,850
@tlshaman

"United States: 50 states, one federal government.
THE END"

Oh really? So which state is Puerto Rico? Or Guam? Etc etc etc etc.
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Male 47
I already knew much of this due to the fact that I used to have an English roommate, and he`d get pissed and give you a lecture if you called him British instead of English. Lol. Good times.
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Male 1,452
"kingpong
Male, 18-29, Southern US
234 Posts Monday, January 31, 2011 3:19:06 PM
5 seconds in and I just realized how little I care."

of course you`re from the south
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Female 2,674
I wish I had some classes taught like this. I`m also not ashamed to admit that up until a few years ago, I didn`t understand the whole UK/England thing... I had to google it before I went insane.
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Male 721
im english and i didnt know alot of this...
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Male 2,033
I didn`t think anyone older than 12 (at least in the western world) needed to be told any of this. I suppose I overestimate people sometimes. If anything I think the rapid delivery of this video would be more likely to confuse the uneducated rather than helping them commit such things to long term memory.
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Male 10,440
She`s just a decoration.
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Male 1,064
The first half was review for me :D
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Male 2,402
Were still all owned by the freaking Rothschildes.
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Male 2,229
LOL, that`s good for a good chuckle
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Male 1,451
Informative. I just wish the guy would`ve talked a little faster.
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Male 76
I knew that already. But then again I am English and yet I still don`t care.
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Male 378
United States: 50 states, one federal government.
THE END
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Male 2,516
ha!, I knew it, Canada still recognizes the crown of England
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Male 10,855
[quote]time and it is full of fat people with bad teeth.[/quote]

Hey you my country invented the latter stereotype!
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Male 39,899
Just got in from seeing The Kings Speach.

Good movie.
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Male 10,855
mind = blown
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Female 1,095
I`m proud to say I learned this a few months ago. It`s sad I had to turn to the internets to discover this because anyone I ever asked never knew what the difference was.
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Male 7
seeing this I realise all those "this is why you`re stupid" jokes...but at least now people can watch this video and learn this once and forever.
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Male 490
couldn`t they get a guy with an English accent to say this?
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Male 639
5 seconds in and I just realized how little I care.
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Male 674
@phoneybone

that is sooo classic...
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Female 247
My grandparents were from Northern Ireland, I never knew that it was actually a separate country. I always thought that they were referring to the northern part of Ireland. I feel stupid.
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Male 876
I know I should know all this, but yawn...
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Male 605
I loved this.

@microhendy.
He really meant everyone else, excluding brits forget northern ireland. Then again, it could be argued that many in fact DO forget northern ireland.

Also, where in Scotland are you from? I haven`t met many Scots, welsh, irish english who don`t jokingly begrudge the nations that we constantly complete with very competitively in all forms of sport and industry. While we may not hate each other (he never mentioned hate), it could very well be argued that we don`t really like each other. Many scots have a deep rooted hatred for the supposedly `English` Conservative party that ruined industry in scotland in the 1980`s. Those not affected by that, but who are still very patriotic to Scotland often dislike English for the idea that they think they both own and supersede all other nations. I`m certain, without a shadow of a doubt that Wales and Northern Ireland and England all share similar gripes and dislikes for each respective country they sh
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Male 1,598
Harry Potter.
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Female 282
@microhendy We americans tend to do that, actually. Not intentionally but when we think about our country we usually think about the biggest piece. Nothing against Alaska or Hawaii, and you`re dumb for thinking that there is no hate between the people of your own society, as Americans tend to hate people from our own country for the dumbest of reasons. Especially New York and Massachusetts, and that`s just over Baseball.
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Male 3,060
my brain hurts now
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Male 1,557
Simple terms? What an utterly boring video.

Simple terms: Britain = England, Wales and Scotland. UK = Britain + Northern Ireland.
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Male 40,739
So simple, even a FRENCHMAN can understand it!
(you thought I was going to say "an American" didn`t you!)
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Male 670
@microhendy

I too, am Scottish, and actually found that whole piece to be accurate and probably very informative for many outside of the UK.

Like it or not, many English people will be ignorant to Northern Ireland, and to The Republic Of Ireland. Not all, but many.

`Mon the SCOTS!!!!
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Male 1,744
he started listing those countries and i couldn`t help but think of this
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Male 4,807
I love how the showed Monty Pythons "God" HeeHAHAHA
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Male 7
I could only get through half a minute before I turned it off in anger. I`m from Scotland and I was completely insulted by the thought that many people from Britain actually forget about Northern Ireland. How retarded do you think we are?! That`s like saying that a USA resident would forget about Hawaii or Alaska. It`s insulting. Also, please do not perpetuate the myth that all Britons hate each other. That is an ancient belief and is only the thought of people who hate everyone in general.
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Male 2,988
One os my roommates is English. Moved to the US when he was 5 and knows almost none of this, lol.
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Male 306
Male, 30-39, Canada

9030 Posts Monday, January 31, 2011 2:10:43 PM
Actually all I heard was blablabla, who cares about that place, it rains all the time and it is full of fat people with bad teeth.

...said the guy from f*cking Estonia...

Wow are you serious? This is too easy.

...said the guy from Canada...
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Female 255
OMG TALK SLOWER
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Male 12,138
[quote]Actually all I heard was blablabla, who cares about that place, it rains all the time and it is full of fat people with bad teeth. [/quote]
...said the guy from f*cking Estonia...
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Male 306
Actually all I heard was blablabla, who cares about that place, it rains all the time and it is full of fat people with bad teeth.
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Male 306
So... Top Gear is created in the United Kingdom?
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Male 2,441
I thought this was going to be a complete joke, but I did learn a couple things.
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Male 8
repost
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Male 4,680
Basically there`s England, and there`s England`s b*tches.

I kid, I kid. Wales is one of my favourite countries.
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Male 6,693
Bla bla bla bla.
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Male 553
O_O wales is a country? I thought it was a city of some sort >.>
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Male 280
This guy needs a medal.
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Female 3,598
of course! why on earth would ANYONE be confused about it? it`s all so SIMPLE!! ugh... and people say the US is tryin to police the world...
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Male 76
I already know all of this, and I`m surprised most ppl don`t. Ignorance is bliss eh....
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Male 25,416
yay i learned things
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Male 4,290
We`ve always been uppity xiquiripat. So much so, the Romans gave up and just built a wall to keep us in.
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Male 491
...and not a single phuck was given..
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Female 84
@APJ311 Before or after surgery?
I will say that there are a lot of munters in england... The Jeremy Kyle show tends to give us all a bad name :(
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Male 1,929
Approved!
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Male 496
Epic use of ven diagrams.
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Male 2,422
God, this poo was so much easier when you guys were still an empire and the scots weren`t so uppity.
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Male 14
Fivezones...the western US isn`t on that map.
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Male 4,290
fivezones: The ones he highlighted in red :)
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Male 748
Sadly, most people in the UK treat the terms `Great Britain` and the `United Kingdom` as the same.

@Student_Law What about Cheryl Cole?
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Male 1,010
England is a place where you see a beautiful woman and you know she must be a tourist.
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Female 84
Yeah on my passport I could have duel nationality of Welsh and English or just one or the other (I have English) because My parents lived in Wales at the time but I had to be delivered in England but my dad didn`t like the idea of me being officially Cymry (lol)
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Male 14,331
"Is it really complicated?"

Nope we just don`t care.
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Male 2,049

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Female 856
Okay fivezones, I`ll bite, could it be the Americans? ;0)
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Male 291
fivezones...they are all wankers
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Female 612
"Is it really complicated?"

For those of us who grew up hearing them used interchangeably, it can be. Obviously it`s something most Europeans would have been taught at a young age, but American schools focus more on how we separated from them.
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Male 1,587
love the monty python "God"
and he did talk fast. A nice picture chart would have done a lot to help
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Male 535
WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
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Female 423
still gonna forget it in few days
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Male 12,138
Yep. I`m British (from Northern Ireland). But I`m also Irish (Irish passport and British passport). And I`m now a permanent resident of Canada, which is part of the British Commonwealth, though I`m not Canadian. My daughter has four nationalities, British, Irish, Canadian and Dutch, which has nothing to do with the Crown whatsoever.

Clear as mud?
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Male 633
Blah, blah, GOD :D, blah, blah.

I knew most of this. Still, some interesting little things I didn`t.
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Male 498
i dont need education!
as long as i am capable of opening a door im good.
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Female 121
I thought he talked a bit fast.
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Male 1,249
dayum
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Male 6,737
Is it really complicated?
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Male 1,021
Which ones are the wankers again?
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Female 68
That should clear things up.
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Male 20,903
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