Tuesday, May 20, 2014

10 Interesting Facts That Show The UK's Population in an American Context

As of 2012, the population of the UK stood at roughly 63,705,000, compared to the United States, which consisted of about 318,059,000 people in 2013. I thought it would be interesting to show various UK populations (both past and present) in relation to a selection of U.S. demographics (again, historical and present day). And so, here are 10 amazing facts that show the UK's population in an American context.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

17 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | D

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Continuing our series of alphabetised words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 17 such words beginning with the letter 'D'.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

10 British Words for ‘Making Out’

Guest post by Claire Bolden McGill: 10 British Words for ‘Making Out’

1. Snogging
This is the British version of ‘making out’. Known as being a common term among the Brits, but for Americans it’s like a piece of verbal candy. It is deemed a ‘lusty and hearty’ type of kiss. It’s often performed in night clubs, or in shop doorways, or in town centre bus shelters in the UK after several alcopops have been consumed.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Study: Why Do Some Americans Say 'Normalcy' Instead of 'Normality'?

As a part-time linguist (not my official job title) and as a lifelong speaker of the language, I have come to find that English is anything but normal. Conveniently enough, this is evidenced by the fact that—between British English (BrE) and American English (AmE)—the "state of being normal" is the precise definition of two separate words: normality and normalcy. The former is the variant used almost always by speakers of BrE, while American English speakers continue to sometimes use the latter.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

19 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | C

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

Continuing our series of alphabetised words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 19 such words beginning with the letter 'c'.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

8 Differences Between UK vs USA School Terms and Practices

Guest post by Claire Bolden McGill: A Comparison of UK vs USA School Terms and Practices

This week in the USA it is ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’. When I received this note from my son’s elementary school, along with a long list of things we had to do to show our appreciation for the teachers, including giving flowers and food, I was a bit taken aback. It’s not really in our British nature to be overly-giving in this way (although I think there is a ‘Teacher Appreciation Day’ in the UK.) A mumbled ‘thank you’, a nod of appreciation and a firm handshake at the end of term might suffice, as far as some of us are concerned.