United Kingdom

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The name of the United Kingdom refers to the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. “England” sometimes is wrongly used to refer the whole United Kingdom, or Britain, or British Isles which is not only incorrect but can cause offence to people from other parts of the UK. The diverse history of England, Scotland and Wales has led to very different cultural traditions; The Scots and Welsh have right to feel aggrieved whenever the term ‘English’ is used wrongly to mean all three. In general, the British are very reserved in manners, dress and speech. They are famous for politeness and self-discipline. Manners are treated highly important in Britain, ‘Please’, ‘Thank You’, and ‘Excuse Me’ are widely expected.