Monday, September 30, 2013

5 American Food Items That Are Popular with the British

Though some British people like to ridicule America for its perceived culture of excessive eating, those same Brits will nonetheless indulge from time-to-time (sometimes more often than that) in traditionally American food items. Whether they are frequenting one of the many imported fast food joints or simply (and perhaps unknowingly) enjoying American confectionery, millions of Brits consume American food on a daily basis. On that note, here are 5 American food items that are popular among the British.

Friday, September 27, 2013

32 American Slang Words for Drunk

Following on from a list I compiled recently of British equivalents, here is a list of 32 American slang words for drunk.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Why Do Americans Spell 'Colour' Without a 'U'?

It is quite common for British prescriptivists (people who don't welcome change to the language) to bemoan the American spelling of words like colour. They will often comment that "Americans have dumbed English down", that the simplification of the language only came about because "Americans are not cultured."

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Things I Won't Miss About the USA, By A British Expat

Disclaimer: article contains wild generalisations and stereotypes.

As I have stated on numerous occasions, I love living in the United States. However, sometimes - and I'm going to be honest here - there are things that, should I ever leave, I won't miss in the least.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How Numbers Are Used Differently in Britain and the United States

Regular readers of this blog will no doubt be familiar with my language-based posts. It is well known that Britain and the United States are two places divided by a common language. However, these differences are not just to be found within the words of each place. The two have some known and lesser known numerical differences too: that is, a variance in the way numbers are used and formatted.

Monday, September 23, 2013

5 British Food Items That Are Surprisingly Easy to Find In the USA

Since I began this blog I have written fairly extensively about the British foods I miss most. But something I have noticed over the previous 5 years is that the United States - a country with a well documented love affair with all things British - actually offers a surprising amount of wonderful British food items. Here are 5 to get you started.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Brits and Americans Cannot Pronounce 'van Gogh' Correctly

Something that drives British people absolutely bonkers is hearing an American "mispronounce" the name of Dutch post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh. Pangs of rage fill up the collective consciousness as the nation retorts in one voice: "it's VAN-GOFF, not VAN-GO!"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

5 Things I Don't Miss About The UK, By a British Expat

Those who read my blog on a frequent basis understand that, since moving to the United States, I have retroactively grown to thoroughly appreciate the UK - specifically my homeland, England - more and more with each passing year. But occasionally, reminding myself that not everything is always greener on the other side (and other cliches), I like to ponder the things I don't miss about the UK. Here are 5 such things.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

4 British Swear Words That Are Slowly Creeping Into The American Vernacular

One of the things I cherish most about living in the United States - especially as someone with a deep interest in language nuances - is witnessing the linguistic evolution of the American vernacular. And one of the most interesting (and often hilarious) recent developments in this area is the emergence here of British swear words. There is something wonderfully unnatural about hearing otherwise harsh-sounding words uttered in an American accent: more so when it becomes clear that the speaker has no idea what the words mean.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

10 Major Star Wars Characters That Were Portrayed By Actors From The UK

Even though the Star Wars saga bears all the hallmarks of an American film franchise - explosions, an all-encompassing musical score and, well, the fact that it was distributed by a 20th Century Fox - the films employ a surprising number of actors from the United Kingdom. And we're not just talking about bit-part roles. British actors made up some of the most important characters in the entire franchise. Here are just 10 (there are many more) major Star Wars characters that were portrayed by actors from the UK.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Britain vs. America: Portion Sizes

Something that stands out to both UK and American expats is the considerable difference in portion sizes between their respective countries.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

When British Politeness Meets Southern Hospitality

This past Labor Day weekend, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a three-day weekend in the hills of West Virginia. Anyone who has visited the winding, sloping terrain of Appalachia, will tell you that there are few places more majestic. There are a number of reasons for this deserved praise: the plush green mountains that roll on for hundreds of miles; the lakes and rivers that seem to spring from nowhere; the roads that move in an apparent circle, while simultaneously bending in every direction.