i don't care. (13.2%)
do you see Ireland as part of the british isles, or are you as digusted as me by the term?
Isn't it only about 7/8 weeks since we had this particular festival of flame and troll?
It's a geographical location which we technically are part of , who really cares ?
I don't like it, I don't like the fact that it sigbifies that Ireland is part of Britain.
But it doesn't bug me too much because it just seems like a term people use from time to time- not really an official thing! (Or am i wrong- is it on maps and such)
I dont use this term at all. I find it, as an Irish person, atagonistic and just blatantly wrong. I just say 'these Islands'.
Agreed, thats all it is and doesn't bother me really.
The British Isles is an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Continental Europe. It includes Ireland and Great Britain, and the Isle of Man, but usually excludes the Channel Islands. Also included are the thousands of small islands off the coast of both the larger islands such as Shetland and Orkney.
Conclusive enough for me.
The British Isles is a geographic location.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Why get worked up about it ?
i don't remember. also, the search sucks, so i don't feel like spending 20 minutes looking for a dead thread.
because i have little else to do.
Agreed. Geographical nametags dont upset me in any way.
It doesn't bother me.
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It bothers me immensly, but obviously not enough for me to put together a decent argument.
Last week I had a Swedish girl try to tell me that the Isle of Mann is as much a part of Ireland and Northern Ireland is*. That bothered me.
*The conversation context was 'Whats your favourite county in Ireland' and she wouldn't accept that Derry could be an answer.
It bothers me because at one time we were a part of the British Empire but now that we are no longer, we should not accept the word British as having anything to do with Ireland. The term should be confined to history like our membership of the Empire.
It would probably be easier to break away from the term altogether if we had a United Ireland* but the fact that a good chunk of our island is British makes it easier to keep the term.
Maybe it bugs me more because I live in Britain, who knows? [Googles phrase 'geopsychopathology']
*This is not a call to arms for you nutters out there
there are some who would argue that the isle of man is actually part of Ireland.
no idea why though.
To play nice, it bothers me about as much as it bothers me that I am typing this in a language called "English". Which is to say, not at all.