Tuesday, July 30, 2013

6 Major Differences Between British and American Public Toilets

When you've gotta go, you've gotta go. But if you're a British expat living in America - or vice versa - you may want to tread the water carefully (pun intended). One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in the United States 5 years ago was the breathtaking disparity between public toilets in England and the U.S.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

30 British Words for 'Drunk'

































Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Opinion: Why do Americans Care so Much About The Royal Family?

Amid the widespread media coverage in the United States of Kate Middleton's pregnancy and subsequent labor, we were reminded once again that America's enduring fascination with the Royal Family shows no sign of abating.

In 2011, all eyes turned to the Royal Wedding; in 1997, there was widespread grief following the death of Princess Diana;

Friday, July 19, 2013

Kate Middleton Pregnancy: A List of Likely Baby Names

With the birth of Kate and William's baby imminent, I thought I would take a look at some of the more likely baby names on their list. 

While Alexandra is the bookies' favourite, here's a look at some of the more traditional Royal first names.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

7 Reasons Why America Needs A British-Style Transit System

I've lived in the United States for 4 years, 7 months and 8 days.

In that time many people have asked me what I miss most about England, and my answer is always the same:
1. Sausage rolls
2. The British people
3. The transit system.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

British Vs. American Nursery Rhymes: Pop Goes The Weasel

British Version
   Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
    Half a pound of treacle.
    That’s the way the money goes,
    Pop! goes the weasel.
   Every night when I get home
    The monkey's on the table,
    Take a stick and knock it off,
    Pop! goes the weasel.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dear Britain, Not All Americans Have Perfect, White Teeth

Dear Britain, I am writing to let you (and a certain number of your population) know that, contrary to popular belief, not all Americans have perfect, white teeth.

Though there are plenty of high profile celebrities who take considerable pride in their dental make-up, we have to remember that people like Steve Buscemi exist.

Steve Buscemi - one of the most popular character actors of his generation - is by no means blessed with favorable dentures. As a matter of fact, his teeth lend themselves more to a certain British stereotype than an American one.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Top 3 Emigration Destinations for Brits


Guest post by John Rooney.

Whether it's to take up a new job, experience a new culture or simply to escape the often miserable British weather, every year thousands of UK residents take the decision to start a new life abroad. In fact, the Home Office suggests that as many as 4.7 million Brits are living abroad, with over 100 countries being home to more than 1,000 Britons.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

15 British Sex Words They Don't Use In America

If the British are good at one thing, it is this: creating sex words. So prolific are they, in fact, that America - arguably still the world's largest superpower - cannot keep up.

Sure, one might occasionally hear an American rattling off a phrase or innuendo he or she heard on

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

British Vs. American Nursery Rhymes: Ring-a-ring O' Roses

British Version
Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down.

American Version
Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes!
We all fall down.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

British English Vs. American English: Bathroom Terminology


British English (BrE)
American English (AmE)
Basin/sink
Sink
Flannel
Wash cloth
Shower hat
Shower cap
Tap
Tap/faucet
Toilet/bog/loo
Toilet/commode/the John
Toilets/loo
Bathroom/restroom
This ongoing list was compiled by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share his articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

17 American Words and Phrases That Have Crept Into The British Vernacular

Whether this can be owed to the huge influx of American films and TV shows or whether it is a result of pan-Atlantic conversations on the internet, certain words that are perceived as "American" have slowly crept into British English. Here is a list of 17 such words.

Andy Murray Wins Wimbledon, Beats Djokovic in Straight Sets

Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon for 77 years on Sunday, after defeating Novak Djokovic on Centre Court.

The Scot, who lost in his first Wimbledon final last year to Swiss powerhouse Roger Federer, beat out number 1 seed, Djokovic, in the 3rd set to achieve what no

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

4 Things Every British Expat Should Know About July 4th

This Thursday, Americans all across the land will celebrate - as they do annually - their Independence from the British.

So just what is it like being a British expat in America on July 4? Here are 4 things every British expat should know about July 4th.