The term “British Isles”: ambiguous at best and offensive at worst.

I started this blog out of anger. It has been building slowly. I tried to ignore it. I have tried to reason with it. It won’t go away.

It heats up a little more every time the BBC’s weather man says “British Isles” and waves his hand over the UK and Ireland. They only give the weather for the UK, but insist on referring to the “British Isles”. This is despite the fact that the Channel Islands aren’t present and, therefore, it is not the “British Isles” as per the BBC’s own definition.

I am going to make the argument in this blog that the term “British Isles” is ambiguous at best and offensive at worst. I am going to do so over the next few blog posts. Each one may be small, but they will build into an argument. This blog is not aimed at redefining the term “British Isles” or denying history. No, its about how the term is badly defined, inaccurately used and is an out dated geo-political term (the most common definition includes the Channel Islands, which makes it a geo-political term). Its about getting people to use the correct term for the correct groupings of islands and not extend things to Ireland needlessly by using this term erroneously, or as a synonym for the politically aligned, but geographically unconnected, British Islands.

Feel free to make your arguments, comments or feedback etc… below. I will try and read all of them. Remember, attack the argument not the person…


2 thoughts on “The term “British Isles”: ambiguous at best and offensive at worst.

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