Saturday, November 17, 2018

19 British Words From Harry Potter - Quizzing Alana King | Distant Words

As Fantastic Beasts hits cinemas around the United States, I sat down with American YouTuber and all-round Harry Potter fanatic, Alana King, to test her on some of the British slang words used in the Harry Potter franchise. Watch the video below to see how she fared and stay tuned until the end to click through to a video we did for her channel in which she tests me on some of the many Fantastic Beasts!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

14 Words Coined During WWI We Still Use Today

Today marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I. Despite it being one of the deadliest wars in human history, it was nonetheless linguistically significant for the following reason: it gave the English language a plethora of new words.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

7 British Words I Can NOT Live Without

Since leaving the British Isles 10 years ago, I've come to realize that—no matter what happens—particular British words and phrases will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. I might go as far as to say that there are some I can not live without. Here are 7 such words.

Monday, November 05, 2018

5 Differences Between British and American Autumn - Part 2

After I posted a video called "5 Differences Between British and American Autumn" on October 21, many of you pointed out some other differences that failed to make the final cut. So innumerable were your suggestions that I decided to compile them into a follow-up video. Here are 5 Differences Between British and American Autumn - Part 2.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

How Bonkers Crept Into American English | Distant Words

Bonkers. If you hadn’t heard, bonkers is a much-loved British slang term meaning crazy, nuts, zanier than two alpacas… boxing. But unlike other British phrases, such as “Bob’s Your Uncle” and “chuffed to bits”, “Bonkers” did the impossible: it cracked America.

Monday, October 22, 2018

5 Differences Between British and American Autumn

Autumn has to be my favo(u)rite season. So I was surprised to find I'd not yet produced a video looking at the specific differences between British and American autumn. While the leaves continue to fall and my wife orders her 204th pumpkin spice latte, here are 5 differences between British and American autumn.