Sunday, October 14, 2018

5 Supposedly British Words That Were Coined in America | Distant Words

Not all of the words on the internet’s 400 billion lists of quaint British words are, in fact, British. Sure, they might sound like they fell from a Jane Austen novel, but occasionally, their place of birth was closer to Dickinson than Dickens. Sometimes, those quaint British words originated in the United States of America. And so, here are 5 British words that did exactly that.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Why Americans Say Fall to Mean Autumn | Distant Words

In North America, there is one particularly seasonal word that continues to raise the curiosity eyebrow of my British compatriots and it this: the word “fall” as an alternative to autumn.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Why Americans Drop the H in Herb | Distant Words

It is often noted that Americans drop the H in the word "herb", something that can seem quite odd to us H-faring Brits. However, as is often the case in these matters, the story is not so cut and dry and involves a little it of French. Click play to discover some truths.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Update On Life, the Channel, and Everything

My videos have been regrettably infrequent recently. Here's why.

Monday, September 10, 2018

5 Words With Different Meanings in Britain and America | Distant Words

Just as Britain and America don’t always agree on pronunciation, spelling, or even words themselves, they are sometimes just as at odds over semantics: that is... the meaning of words. And so, with that in mind, here are 5 words with completely different meanings in Britain and America.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

5 Surprisingly Common Words That Were Coined In America - Part 2

Did you know, there are countless common words used in all corners of the English-speaking world that originated in the United States? You do now. Here are five such examples.