Since moving to America I’ve found that apparently very few Americans know all this. So I spent six hours designing a fancy photoset to explain it all. Naturally.
Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain, hence “Great Britain and Northern Ireland”. NI residents can elect to be citizens of the Republic of Ireland if they wish (most famous example of someone who did this: Seamus Heaney). The UK’s Olympics team is known as “Team GB” for this reason too, NI residents can elect to represent Ireland if they wish. Same goes for ParalympicsGB.
Northern Ireland is sometimes represented by the Flax flag, thus:
This is deemed to neither favour nor exclude any ‘side’. We use it at work when we need to illustrate the UK’s constituent countries with a flag.
Aside from this, awesome and accurate post is awesome and accurate. Cymraeg (Welsh) has lots and lots of vowels and double letters and is beautiful and lyrical, most signs & notices in Wales are in both languages (like how everything’s in English and French in Canada). Cornish is spoken mostly by people who’ve gained a GCSE and by roadsigns. And no Scottish person has ever said “Hoots mon” ever.
If you want to see what the UK’s other languages are like, try Wikipedia in Welsh, Cornish, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, & Irish.