Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5 Cadbury's Bars You Cannot Get In American Stores

Americans with a penchant for British chocolate know all about the State-side prevalence of various Cadbury's items - Mini Eggs, Fruit and Nut etc.

But what about those Cadbury's chocolate bars (candy bars to my American readers) that got lost in The Pond?

While you can almost certainly purchase the following names in novelty British stores throughout America, you won't (for the most part) see them on the confectionary aisle at Wal-Mart.

Here are 5 Cadbury's bars that you cannot get in American stores.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Why Do Americans Call It "Soccer"?

One of the most notable lexical differences between Britain and the USA is our respective employment of the words football and soccer to describe the very same sport. A cursory glance at the comments section of YouTube will tell you that not every Brit welcomes the American variation, which is often derided as "typical American ignorance". Of course, YouTube commenters - British or otherwise - are not always noted for their fact-checking skills, so I'm going to help set the record straight.

Friday, March 22, 2013

American Vs. British Pronunciations: Place Names

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dear Britain, Not All Americans Own A Swimming Pool

Dear Britain,

I am writing all the way from America to inform you (and a certain selection of your population) that, contrary to popular belief, not all Americans own a swimming pool.

Though films such as The Graduate, Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Meet The Parents would have you believe otherwise, there are, in fact, fewer Americans that do own a swimming pool than those that do not.

4 Places Outside of London American Tourists Should Visit

I do not exclude myself from this list when I say almost every traveler loves London. But having grown up for the majority of my life in England I can tell you unequivocally that there is just as much fun to be had in England outside of the capital. Here are 4 places outside of London that American tourists should visit.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

5 British Comedies That Should Have Been Big Hits In The USA

Though Britain is famous for its sense of humo(u)r and has churned out countless internationally successful comedies - including Monty Python, Fawlty Towers and Are You Being Served? - there are scores of uniquely British comedy gems that, for whatever reason, got Lost In The Pond. Perhaps certain shows weren't marketed for American audiences or maybe some of them were simply "too British". Here are 5 comedies that should have been big hits in the USA.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Why do Americans Call It St. Patty's Day?

It is one of those pan-Atlantic conundrums that always quietly rears its ugly head at this time of year: why do Americans refer to St. Patrick's Day as St. Patty's Day, while the rest of the English-speaking world prefers St. Paddy's Day?

Many opponents of the American spelling - most notably Marcus Campbell of Paddy Not Patty fame - like to point out that Patty is widely used as the shortening of Patricia, or in reference to the circular piece of beef that you place inside a bun, while Paddy is short for Pádraig, the Irish name for Patrick.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fact: American Steering Wheels Haven't Always Been On The Left

One of the many aspects of British life that Americans are so often interested in is the country's driving regulations. I have lost count of how many times I have been asked: "why do you guys drive on the left?" It is common, also, for Americans - in what is presumably intended as light-hearted banter - to talk about the relatively small size of British cars.

Friday, March 08, 2013

5 Everyday British Phrases That Confuse Most Americans

Whether you are a British expat or tourist in America or are yourself an American expat or tourist in Britain, you'll come to find that there are a number of everyday British phrases - ones that British people probably take for granted - that will ultimately confuse most Americans. Here are five to get you started.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

That Odd Moment When Your British Hometown Gets Mentioned In America

I was 8 years old when I first visited the United States on holiday ("vacation", for my American readers). In 1990, my family and I had taken in the wonders of Orlando, FL, where we toured the standard route of Disney World, MGM Studios and Epcot Center.

Facing the Fire: One Yorkshire Lass’ Take on the US Gun Culture

Guest Post by Carlene Vick

Since moving to the US, one aspect of the culture (especially here in the South!) that I’m still having to work to adjust to, is the use of, and apparent comfort most people have with, guns. Even my own husband wouldn’t dare to spend a night in a room that didn’t have a personal-use handgun close by “just in case”.

Coming from a country that doesn’t permit or rely on personal weaponry outside of farming and organized hunting (even in Yorkshire, where the pheasants should, quite frankly, be running for their lives), learning to accept, and even to rely on, this new symbol of security and defense has been challenging to say the least.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Fish and Chips: One British Dish That's Easy to Find In The USA

While I may spend a fair amount of time longing for certain British foods on this side of The Pond, there is one staple that - so long as you are within driving distance of a British-or-Irish-style pub -  you can still get your hands on rather easily: fish and chips.