Friday, August 10, 2018

5 American Places I've Been Saying All Wrong | Distant Words

Americaa nation that, to this very day, bears the fingerprints of the very people and cultures who helped to build it. Sometimes those fingerprints come in the form of food, technology, or entertainment, and sometimes in the form of place names.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A Brit's Mountain Hike in Boise, Idaho | Finding America

With a summit 900 feet above the city, hiking to the top of Table Rock in the Boise Range of the Rockies seemed an unimaginable prospect for me just months ago, especially given my own uphill struggle with sleep apnea.

Friday, July 27, 2018

A Brit's First Visit to San Francisco Bay | Finding America

This month, Tarah and I touched down in San Francisco for the very first time, our expectations wide open, not to mention our wallets. It was a tale of adventure, famous prisons, and British-like weather. Watch now to find out more.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Extraordinary Story of the Word "Ornery" | Distant Words


Recently, I conducted a study into regional pronunciation patterns across all 50 states regarding the American English word "ornery". This Distant Words exclusive outlines some extraordinary findings. Click play to find out more.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Let Me Tell You About The Guy Behind Me | Finding America

Nearly three years ago, I posted the above image to Facebook. The distinctly British tee-shirt—so often a feature of my channel's visual output—found itself, that day, lost in a sea of stars and stripes. The day was July the fourth—America's Independence Day.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Ask A Brit | Vol. 50 - American States, Brits in Florida, and More

This is Volume 50 of Ask A Brit, a feature in which I answer your questions on a different theme each episode! Watch the video to the very end to find out next episode's theme and then post a question in the comments section using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume 51. This week, the theme is the 50 United States!

Monday, May 28, 2018

7 British and American Words Coined in World War One | Distant Words

In honor of the fact that today is Memorial Day in the United States, here are 7 British and/or American English words that were coined during World War I. For more Distant Words videos, check out the playlist here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

5 TV Shows That Turned Me On To America

Most of what I thought I knew about America came from either film or television. Here are 5 TV shows that turned me on to America.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Royal Wedding: One Big Question The Media Isn't Asking

This weekend, Prince Harry marries his American fiance, Meghan Markle, in the second-most important wedding of the decade. Amid the frenzy, however, there is one important question that the Meghan-obsessed media isn't asking. Watch the video to find out more.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

5 American Words That Were Actually Coined By The British | Distant Words

Beautiful but misunderstood, English has endured quite the roller-coaster ride on its long journey around the world. New passengers have occasionally hopped aboard in the form of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and the United States of America.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

5 Brilliant English Words Only Used in North America | Distant Words

Contrary to popular belief, American English is replete with words so satisfying on the tongue you’d be mistaken for thinking they were the work of Dickens. Words that endlessly gratify; words that give you the feeling of that first sip of coffee in the morning; words of such majesty the United States didn’t want to share them with anyone else. Except maybe Canada. That’s right; here are five brilliant English words coined in America that only North Americans use.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ask A Brit | Vol. 45 - British vs. American Films, Movie Franchises, and Classics

This is Volume #45 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Tuesday feature in which I answer your questions on a different theme each week! Watch the video to the very end to find out next week's theme and then post a question in the comments section of this video using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #46. This week, the theme is the Films! I answer your questions on British vs. American films, movie franchises, and classics.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

When Did Brits and Americans Start Saying "The Pond"? | Distant Words

The Atlantic Ocean: an enormous stretch of blue that has played host to some of history’s greatest hits; Christopher Columbus’ naive expedition to India without GPS; the Titanic’s unprovoked assault on an iceberg; and said iceberg’s untimely death at the age of two from heatstroke. Little wonder, then, that an ocean of such repute boasts a 4-star rating on Google Reviews. I’m actually not kidding.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Ask A Brit | Vol. 44 - Royal Weddings, Favourite Monarchs, and More

This is Volume #44 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Tuesday feature in which I answer your questions on a different theme each week. Watch the video to the very end to find out next week's theme and then post a question in the comments section of this video using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #45. This week, the theme is the Royal Family. I answer your questions on the Royal Wedding, my favourite historical monarchs, and more.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Extraordinary 230-Year Loophole Could See Royal Wedding 'Reverse U.S. Independence' - APRIL FOOL

The wedding of Prince Harry and American-born Meghan Markle has been placed at the center of an extraordinary breaking story—thanks to a newly unearthed constitutional amendment dating back to 1791—that could see the reversal of the United States's independence from the British.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

8 Surprisingly Common Words That Were Coined in America

America. So often the linguistic punching bag of my British compatriots. So often the nation “where everyone don’t talk proper”. So often a place that should "mind its own business because we invented the bloody English language so I think we are the experts in how to pronounce the words." I mean, let’s ignore the fact that the English language borrowed heavily from Germanic, French, Latin, Greek, and countless other languages, and—while we’re at it—let’s pretend for a moment that America has not, itself, been a fairly recent contributor to the language. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

7 US States Named After British Kings and Queens | Finding America

Throughout the United States’ history, many cultures have stamped their legacies across America, from the Native Americans to the Spaniards, to the French and the Germans. But in the original 13 colonies and beyond, you’ll also find hundreds of callbacks to the very nation from whom America gained her independence: Great Britain. Here are 7 U.S. states named after actual British kings and queens.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

5 (Minor) Hidden Dangers Lurking in Suburban America

This month, it’ll be ten whole years since I bid farewell to Britain and set off for a new life here in the US. The last seven of those have been spent living in the suburbs of Atlanta. It’s been an eye-opening experience in many respects.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

5 Words Americans Use That Brits Need to Stop Complaining About

When I launched this blog in 2013, one of my chief ambitions was to help foster a community in which we addressed some of the myths surrounding Americans. Having resided in the United States now for almost ten years, I've come to find that a good number of these myths tend to centre around American English (AmE)—that is, a variety of English that is unique to the United States.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Ask A Brit | Vol. 35 - British TV, My Preconceptions of Americans, and More

This is Volume #35 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions! Post a question in the comments section of this video (or any of my videos) using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #36 next Sunday. This week, I cover British TV, my preconceptions of Americans, and much more.

Friday, January 12, 2018

British vs. American English: Testing Each Other's Word Knowledge

I finally convinced Tarah to make a sustained appearance on the show! In this episode, we test each other on the definitions of British and American words!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Ask A Brit | Vol. 34 - Bad British and American Accents, Sir Ringo Starr, and More

This is Volume #34 of Ask A Brit, a weekly Sunday feature in which I answer your questions! Post a question in the comments section of this video (or any of my videos) using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #35 next Sunday. This week, I cover Sir Ringo Starr, Bad British and American accents, and much more.