Stay with me on this…I was doing a little research on London, which made me think of England, which made me think of the U.K., which made me think about all the different ways we have of referring to that area of the world, which made me wonder about which terms actually refer to which places.
England, obviously is a country. Great Britain is actually the name of the island upon which the countries of England, Scotland, and Wales reside. Britain and U.K. refer to an area that includes the island of Great Britain, the northeastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands.
Thus, the U.K. is a parallelogram. For those of you who are fuzzy on the definition of a parallelogram, it is a simple quadrilateral with 2 pairs of parallel sides. This means rectangles and squares are parallelograms, though a parallelogram is not necessarily a rectangle or a square. Similarly, all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. This is because rectangles are parallelograms with 4 angles of equal size and squares are parallelograms with 4 angles of equal size and 4 sides of equal length.
So, by this logic, the U.K. is a parallelogram, the island of Great Britain is a rectangle, and England is a square. Why go through all the trouble of relating these areas to shapes? Because I’m a huge nerd. And because, in my experience, Welsh and Scots get really mad if you refer to them as English (lol rightfully so, since it’s a different country), so the last thing I want to do is offend someone. And because it’s fun.