Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:20:28 AM
angilion, im totally agreeing with you. im not saying the term Irish Isles should be used, im saying it could as easily be used. my point is that using the term British Isles give the impression that all the involving isles are ruled by Britain, which is why people from The Republic of Ireland dont use the term
Friday, August 1, 2008 11:03:48 PM
Wikipedia is a collection of opinion pages. It's not a strong source for information and quoting only Wikipedia generally indicates a weak argument.
The term "Unst Isles" could just as easily be used, too, but it`s more common to name an archipelago after the biggest island than a smaller one, unless that smaller island is more important for some reason (e.g. first one settled, biggest population, capital of the archipelago, whatever).
"The British Isles" might give a false impression to people who know nothing about the political structures within the archipelago, but that`s not the point. aislingeire said Ireland is not part of the British Isles. They are wrong. It is.
Arguing that the term shouldn`t be used is one thing. Arguing that calling it "The Irish Isles" would make any sense is silly, hence my example of Unst - a reductio ad absurdum counter-argument.
Friday, August 1, 2008 6:19:24 PM
this is from wikipedia..."The term British Isles is controversial in relation to Ireland, where many people may find the term offensive or objectionable; the Irish government also discourages its usage." using the term "British Isles" gives the impression that the islands or isles involved are part of Britain, or ruled by Britain, which in the Republic of Ireland's case is not true. as ive said before, they term "Irish Isles" could just as easily be used