Sunday, January 31, 2016

5 Americanisms My Fellow Brits Would Find Hilarious

The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote that the United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language. What he forgot to mention was that this division can, every now and then, lead to one country laughing sophomorically at the other. This is because each country's lexicon is replete with words that, while completely harmless in one country, are positively filthy in the other. Below are five words or phrases common to the United States that my fellow Brits would find hilarious.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

British Guy Tries to Guess What These 17 Californian Words Mean

This week, watch Laurence valiantly work his way through 17 phrases common to the state of California—under the profound disadvantage of having never been there.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

United Kingdom vs. Nebraska | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

British Guy Tries to Guess the Meaning of These Midwestern Phrases

This week, we’re talking about the Midwest - a place I have lived now for over seven years and a place for which, to this day, I still need Rick Steves as a tour guide. Y’all have a language all of your own. And today - seven years too late - I am going to delve deep into the Indianapolis public library archives… or into a post I found online... and pluck out 8 Midwestern phrases. What I’ll do next will blow your mind. Watch, as I awkwardly guess what they mean. A guide to all of these phrases is listed beneath the video:

Thursday, January 14, 2016

6 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | V

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 an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 6 such words beginning with the letter 'V'.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

5 Major Differences Between British and American Public Toilets

One thing I certainly miss about my my homeland is the country's relative appreciation for toilet humo(u)r. Without it, Britain's longstanding reputation for incomparable comedy would be missing one very vital piece. On the other hand, Americans—at least those here in the Midwest—are more likely to consider it too much information if, at the breakfast table, you casually mention that you had a hard time flushing this morning.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

3 American Words Not Widely Used In Britain | U

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 an alphabetised list of words and phrases common to the U.S. that are not widely used in the UK, here are 3 such words beginning with the letter 'U'.

Monday, January 04, 2016

The Day I Bought A Red Phone Box Shower Curtain

I've said it before and I'll say it again: moving to the United States has turned me—an Englishman of 34 years—into a bona fide Anglophile. As a young man making my way through English life, it would never have occurred to me to adorn my kitchen in Union Jack tea towels, lest I welcome the ire of protesters who mistook me for a flag-waving militant.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

United Kingdom vs. Montana | Just the Stats

At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom.