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Coining of the Realm

April 03, 1988

Marika Vaaranen's letter made some good points about the slighting of Northern Ireland by the UK/LA '88 Festival (Calendar Letters, March 27).

However, she incorrectly stated that "The term United Kingdom was coined in the 1920s to incorporate the newly severed province of Ulster into the union of England."

In fact, the term United Kingdom was coined in 1801 and was short for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The "Northern" was added in the 1920s due to the formation of the Irish Free State--now known as Ireland.

GREGORY A. PEARSON

Santa Monica

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