Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Comparison of British and American Sexual Euphemisms

Whether uttered jovially or derogatorily, euphemisms for sex have played a key role in the history of the English lexicon on both sides of the Pond for centuries. While many terms—passed from one country to the other—are the same in both the UK and U.S., each place nonetheless has its own separate—and often quite wonderful—list of sexpressions. It is these I will be focusing on throughout the article.

Monday, March 10, 2014

5 British Jarred Foods That Are Hard to Find in the U.S.

Regular readers of this blog will know I like to reminisce about certain mainstream British food items that are a scarce commodity in the United States. But occasionally, I also like to give remembrance to the littler guys; the jarred food items of this world.

5 British Slang Phrases for 'Dying' That Never Caught On in the U.S.

The Oxford scholar, Robert Burton, once wrote that "the fear of death is worse than death." Burton's reasoning might explain why humans are so good at coining euphemisms for the act of dying; over the years, there have been numerous phrases added to the English language for the very purpose of softening this inevitable part of life.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Why Brits Should Stop Giving Americans a Hard Time About Saying "Pants"

After reading the recent Buzzfeed article 21 Things British People Hate About Americans, I learned two very important lessons: 1) on Buzzfeed, twenty-one reactionary Twitter users can represent the whole of Britain, and 2) that twenty-one reactionary Twitter users need to stop giving Americans a hard time when it comes to language.