This is a list of words used in connection with the British Empire, the Commonwealth, and the Games that have been held under the aegis of both.
I am curious about these words and their uses at different moments in history, including the present one. While new things (objects, ideas, relationships) need new words to describe them, language does not only describe. It can function in other, more expedient ways, too. For example, a name may claim continuity where there has in fact been rupture, or suggest change where there has essentially been none.
Between words that are genuinely descriptive, and those that obscure and conceal, is a broad spectrum. It is not always clear where on this spectrum a word or name fits.