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Writing around the world
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Welcome to our new series on writing around the world. We start off with the birthplace of the English language and provide communication tips for any written exchanges you may have with business partners in the UK.


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What's the country called?

When writing to a British recipient, one of the first dangers to watch out for is how to label the country (or is it countries?) and its people. Not everyone who is British is English, and many will be offended to be labelled as such. This applies to addresses on a letter too: take care what you write!

  • The official name of the country is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The abbreviation is the UK. The Republic of Ireland, or 'Eire' is a separate country.
  • 'Britain' and 'British' applies to Scotland, Wales and England but not to Northern Ireland.
  • 'GB' stands for Great Britain so does not include Northern Ireland.
  • 'English' is fine when referring to the language.

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