posted on Mar, 31 2008 @ 11:10 AM
I doubt it's anything to do with the international recognition symbols. Ukraine didn't even emerge as a sovereign state until recently.
I'd wager it's historic pettiness.
Some individuals in the US, of Irish descent, insist on the use of Great Britain rather than United Kingdom ... because the term UK includes Northern
Ireland plus Great Britain ... and some folks don't believe Northern Ireland is British.
I remember when Margaret Thatcher was to address a joint session of Congress & Speaker Tip O'Neill introduced her as the Prime Minister of the United
Kingdom of Great Britain .... and conveniently forgot Northern Ireland. Miaow. I can remember her pained expression to this day.
Wonder who made this policy decision in the USPS ?
As to how Brits describe themselves, virtually no-one uses the Great in Great Britain any more. It's just Britain. And increasingly the Scots are
Scots, the Welsh are Welsh and the Northern Irish, well they're a law unto themselves.
The English describe themselves as English if it's a good attribute ... a kindly Englishman rescuing a kitten from a tree ... but if the same
Englishmen later on gets drunk and vomits up all over pub the barmaid he suddenly becomes a British yob. Britain and Britishness gets all the bum
Don't worry about it. You'll never understand the complexities of The British Isles. We don't. Why should you ?