How I Hate The Term "Team GB."

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
August 1, 2012 11:33am CST
I don't know why presenters and commentators saying the words "Team GB" irritates me so much..but it does. Everyone else is Brazil, USA, Germany..whatever..but where the f*ck does "Team GB" come from and when did it start? It's even written on the team vests. I'm sorry, but it does my head in. "Team GB." Aaaaaargh! I must admit though, they're not saying it as much as they did right at the start of the Olympics. Perhaps there have been complaints. Oh, I do hope so!!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Aug 12
rah rah go team GB... (Dawn runs)
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Aug 12
It's your fault we say it in the first place so I'll blame your lot.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Aug 12
Which lot is that?
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Aug 12
Team USA.
• China
2 Aug 12
It sounds as if the "GB" bears the imprint of history.I wonder if you want to replace the "Team GB" with "Team UK".Was it also called "Team GB" last Olympic Games?
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Aug 12
I just want them to be called Great Britain, which is what the GB stands for, of course. Yes, it did start the last Olympics and even before that at Sydney I reckon. It comes from the fact the Yanks call their team "Team USA" so, obviously, we copy everything they do.
• China
5 Aug 12
Oh, I see.You want it to be unique and dislike aping Yanks at every step.
@marguicha (106139)
• Chile
1 Aug 12
DonĀ“t forget that USA means United States of America. And Mexico means Estados Unidos de Mexico. And so on. Shortening those names, for me, is a lot better that those "lol", "lmao" and other new computer vocabulary. When I first started talking in "English" with computers, I was completly at loss. Jane Austen, the Bronter sisters, Fielding or Shakespeare had not taught me any of that.LOL!!!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
1 Aug 12
Well, that's true. I'd not thought of it like that. I still don't know what ROFL means!
• United States
3 Aug 12
Marguicha you sure hit the nail on the head about USA . I cant stop using those word lol
@anklesmash (1416)
5 Aug 12
I didn't realise only team GB was refered to as team GB.I thought we said team GB because its us and we support them.I assumed every other country called their olympic squad team whatever.Seeing as that's clearly not the case i assume the reason is that Great Britain unlike most nations taking part is not a single country but a collection of countries.Personally i like the term Team GB as it sounds more like they are part of the same thing rather than a group of talented individuals who happen to be from the same country and one of the main thing people look at is how well countries do in the medal tables.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
5 Aug 12
I believe it has something to do with us being the host nation but I don't remember the Chinese saying Team China 4 years ago and I don't think the Brazilians will call themselves Team Brazil 4 years from now. It seems to be an American and British thing.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
2 Aug 12
Hello, Janey. I think it's yet another Americanism that has insinuated itself into our language, and I cringe every time I hear it as well. I have to admit, though, I'm using it as shorthand in discussions - mainly because the expression is recognised worldwide - so I'm perpetuating the abomination, so to speak. I can't see why they can't just say 'Great Britain,' but perhaps they politically correct brigade have decided that saying Great Britain may offend some of the countries that were in the Empire when we had one.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
4 Aug 12
Hi Sandra! I agree with you totally. We have to copy the Yanks don't we? I cannot understand why we should be wary of saying Great Britain. I've noticed that Great Yarmouth has dropped the Great. Whether that's through laziness or they're embarrassed about it I don't know. I've also noticed the presenters and newsreaders say 'Team GB' more than the commentators, thankfully. I would smash Huw Edwards' face in if I ever got to meet him..he is sooo irritating!!
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
1 Aug 12
I am actually surprised that the countries which form GB are all playing as a group instead of individual countries. This is almost like the CIS team that played in place of USSR when the breakup began in USSR. To me too this really does not make sense. Probably this gives the GBR team a better chances for more medals, but looking at the currently medal tally, this does not seem to be true. Cheers! Ram
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
1 Aug 12
You wait until we get in that Velodrome though..medals galore in that with a bit of luck. It wasn't the fact it was GB I'm annoyed about, it's the "Team" put in front of it I'm not keen on.