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Re: Great Britain vs. the UK [which term to use for the country]

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Related question: Are all Brits Limeys?
Vaguely.

The term comes from the time when the Royal Navy switched from other fruits (oranges if I recall) to limes as their source to avoid scurvey way back in the 17/18th C. It somewhat backfired as the vit C content of limes is pretty poor compared to oranges and other fruits. I believe that they switched to limes as that is what the British plantations in the Carribean were producing.

So you could call all Brits limeys yes, although originally it was a term reserved for the Navy, that I guess, transferred to all the armed forces during WWII.
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