Is the term British Isles still acceptable, or is it considered offensive to Irish people who may not consider their island legitimately connected to Great Britain?
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Geographers don't generally dispute it, but it can be sensitive terminology in Ireland. The Wikipedia article on the British Isles naming dispute lists the following as alternative terms that have been suggested by various people and groups: "Britain and Ireland", "Atlantic Archipelago", "Anglo-Celtic Isles", the "British-Irish Isles", and the "Islands of the North Atlantic". However, none of these alternatives are in wide circulation, so if clarity is important, it's best to stick with British Isles in most contexts at the present.
For a delightful and insightful video on the subject, see CGP Grey's video "The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained":
Helped me out on this. A lot.
Mr. Grey is a UK-resident Yank.
Edited to add: this isn't actually an Answer, it's a reference to a good resource. @phenry's answer is an Answer, and I agree with him.