Joe wrote at 2004-09-16 20:01:13 (+0100) > Mark J. Reed wrote: > > > > >Still, I feel the name England should be reserved to refer only to > >the . . . what is it, technically, a state? . . . of England, > >which is located on the island of Great Britain (why the > >adjective, btw? Is or was there a Not-so-great Britain?), which > >is part of the nation called the United Kingdom (of Great Britain > >and Northern Ireland). > > > > > > > > Generally we call the individual parts of the UK 'countries', but > in legislation, I think they're usually 'parts'. And the > 'not-so-great-Britain' is Brittany. England and Scotland are kingdoms, I think. Certainly they were kingdoms before the Act of Union... Wales is a principality, and Northern Ireland is a province. I'm not sure that there _is_ a general term, unless Joe's right about 'part'.