Thursday, August 06, 2015

British Expat: American Phrases That Drive Me Nuts

I recognize the fact that this video might draw some ire. It might even cause a slight ruckus in the comment section among my American followers. However, before you start burning effigies of me in the street, know that—in general—I am the biggest defender of American English. Its history, continued evolution, and application in daily life is of considerable interest to me.

That said, as with British English, there is the odd phrase (sometimes very odd phrase) that just—for reasons I can't fully articulate—drives me absolutely bonkers. Watch the video below.


This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana, and writes for BBC America and Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

10 comments:

This British-American Life said...

Over easy means the heat on the pan needs to be the right temperature, and you need to flip the eggs in an easy manner, so the yolks do not break.

No pitchforks from me. Those in mixed marriages like ours have our phrases that irrationally grate on us in small ways, but we have learned that the benefits outweigh the petty things.

Teresa Rust said...

We use addicting in California, too!

Kath B said...

The comment above about over easy partially correct. The objective to not break the egg but the yolk is not supposed to get cooked through and that is why it is cooked "easy".

Pama Bennett said...

Believe me, Brits have some crazy phrases too, but I love 'em (Brits AND the phrases)----this is hilarious and you're adorable!

CriticalListener said...

You two are so cute! My husband and I love to hear you both banter. It's charming as hell! (Which itself is a funny phrase of course, as I would imagine hell to not be "charming" at all!)

Lola said...

A week of complaining about personal dislikes doesn't seem too fit the character of something I want to follow.
I'm going searching for something more educational.

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Jeanette said...

I'm quite curious about how your wife fell off a desk..................and ended up in hospital!

Laurence said...

I'm an Englishman now living in Wisconsin with my wonderful American wife, and this video is excellent. It became INCREDIBLE when you started referencing Partridge!! AH-HAAAA!!

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