Sunday, December 22, 2013

How the USA Taught Me To Love Coffee, by a British Expat

My standard reaction to the question can I get you a coffee? had always been "no thanks", accompanied by a vague feeling of disgust.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

10 Jokes About The English Language

As the world's third (second, by some estimates) most spoken language, it is perhaps appropriate that there should be so many jokes about English. After all, it is more honorable to pick on one of the big dogs, right? Here are 10 jokes about the wonderful English language - a language that both my British and American readers reluctantly share.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

21 British Slang Words for Money

We Brits have a slang expression for seemingly all aspects of daily life; food, drink, sex, work, education etc. And the concept of money is by no means an exception to this rule, with various money-themed slang terms being used across the entire country. Here are 21 such terms.

Monday, December 16, 2013

6 Christmas Songs That Are More Popular In the US Than The UK

Following on from an earlier list that looked at 7 British Christmas songs that somehow never made it big in the US, here are 6 Christmas songs that are more popular in the United States than the UK. Some on this list were a wonderful revelation to me after relocating to the US in 2008, while others prove an annual source of irritation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Day My Parents Lost Me In Disney World

It was 1990.

Ahead of our stay in Florida that year, my parents had been weary of an inordinately high number of kidnappings in Orlando. It was impressed upon the three of us - my two brothers and me - that we should stay close by.

Monday, December 09, 2013

5 British Christmas Words and Phrases They Don't Use in The United States

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And while Christmas is a time of celebration, it's also a time for Brits and Americans to show their differences once more. Here are five British words and phrases not used in the United States.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A Comparison of British and American Toilet Euphemisms

There are certain articles that, during the process of writing them, force me to revert back to a fourteen-year-old version of myself. This is one such article.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Why Brits Should Stop Giving Americans A Hard Time About Obesity

We've all heard the stereotypes: Americans eat too much; Americans have bigger portions; Americans are all overweight.

As someone who was born and raised in the United Kingdom, I've heard my fair share of these stereotypes; some Brits are very quick to formulate generalized opinions about a nation or its people based on sound bites, media representations or one-off personal experiences.