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British, Briton, English, England

Do not use England or English when Great Britain, United Kingdom, or British is intended.

Great Britain, or Britain, since 1707 has comprised England, Scotland, and Wales.

The United Kingdom, formed in 1801, comprises Great Britain plus Northern Ireland; the present Republic of Ireland was included until 1922.

The British Isles comprise the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the adjacent islands, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Note:  Although the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are geographically off England's coast, they are self-governing and are not politically part of England.

English refers only to England and its people; thus the present queen is the British queen.

British refers in particular to the United Kingdom but historically to the entire Commonwealth and its people.

A Briton is a native of the island of Great Britain.

Do not use the term Britisher.