Bluepaint wrote: I count them individually. The UK has four constituent countries so potentially you can 'get' four more on your list if you visited the whole thing properly. The overseas territories I count as individual countries.
I agree, but if I can spill a dark secret about quite a lot of us on this side of the Atlantic who have not had the pleasure of visiting, most of us really aren't sure of what the United Kingdom actually is, what it includes, whether it is different from Britain, whether either or both may be different from Great Britain, whether the "BR" in "Brexit" refers to Britain or to the UK, and which Ireland is which.
Oh I know. I know
. And the Br of Brexit is simply because Ukexit sounds rather vulgar Sidenote: There is a very flammable political joke to be made there so clap yourself on the back of you can spot it. I won't make it here as I really don't want to temporarily ban myself.
I have never understood the Ireland problem. You've the island of Ireland called Ireland. Split into Northern Ireland, where there was a spot of bother for a little while, and the Republic of Ireland, frequently known as Ireland. The brother of Ireland (the country, not the island) is sometimes know as N.I. for short, unless it is being spoken about by people who don't know geography, current affairs etc in which case it is erroneously called Ireland. Unless it is being called Ireland by a N.Irelander in which case it is not erroneous. And sometimes Ireland and N.I. are talked about together and are called Ireland due to their cultural, historical, social and economic ties. I mean really, it's so simple
Having lived there, even if I hadn't lived there I guess, I say always call N.I. N.I. as it can come across as a political opinion/statement otherwise.