Saturday, December 22, 2018

What I Love About Christmas in America

On the 21st day of Vlogmas, here's everything I love about Christmas in America.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Finding British Christmas Stuff at World Market

A few of you have asked me recently where I stock up on British Christmas stuff, such as mince pies, Christmas crackers, and Christmas pudding. The answer, invariably, is Cost Plus World Market. Check the link below the video to see if there's a World Market near you!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

British Christmas Phrases You Don't Hear in America

Shortly after moving to America, it came to my attention that even the language of Christmas presented its fair share of differences. Here's a look at some British Christmas phrases that aren't as common in America.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Finding the Fifty States on a Blank Map of America

On the tenth day of Vlogmas, I bring to you my attempt at finding the fifty United States on a blank map of America.

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Generalizations About America

It's easy to make sweeping generalizations about a country's culture, history, and language use. But sometimes - as outsiders from another country - we overlook the finer details of that country. Me and some of my fellow British compatriots (not all) have been guilty of doing this to one country in particular: the United States of America. Herein lies the problem with that.

Laurence Brown is a British writer and YouTuber who somehow convinced the city of Chicago to let him in. He is an English Language graduate from Lancaster University and a passionate word etymologist, with a particular interest in British and American neologisms. Since moving to the United States, he has become increasingly curious about Britain's historical influence on American culture and about America in general.

Friday, December 07, 2018

In Defense of American English

Many British YouTubers, myself included in the past, have been guilty of generalizing particular elements of American English. But it's time to look at the facts.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Taking The US Citizenship Test

On the fourth day of Vlogmas, I decided the time was right to do what many YouTubers before me had done and subject myself to the US Citizenship test for your viewing pleasure. How did I do?

Monday, December 03, 2018

How America Turned Me On To These Christmas Songs

Welcome to day 2 of Vlogmas! It's funny, the things you take for granted. Before I moved to America, it never occurred to me that some of the Christmas songs I held dear in Britain never saw the light of day in America. On the flip side, the same is true of some Christmas songs that were popularized in America, including the four referenced in this video.

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Let's Talk About British Stereotypes

Yesterday marked the first day of Vlogmas, a period in which YouTubers upload a video everyday from December 1 to 25. To things off, I figured it would be a good time to talk about British stereotypes.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

10 Things I've Learned About America Since Moving Here

Having lived in the United States now for a decade, I figured this would be a good time to publish a video listing some of the things I've learned about America. Here are ten to get you started.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

American TV Censored Love Actually!

This past Thanksgiving, the wife and I sat down to watch the British Christmas film Love Actually on American TV network TBS—the censored version, that is. It was, shall we say, a little weird. Watch the video to find out how it differed from the original.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Ask A Brit | Vol. 55 - Thanksgiving in America

This is Volume #55 of Ask A Brit, a feature in which I answer your questions on a different theme each episode. This week's topic is American Thanksgiving! What have I learned? What have I liked? All will be revealed in the video below.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

19 British Words From Harry Potter - Quizzing Alana King | Distant Words

As Fantastic Beasts hits cinemas around the United States, I sat down with American YouTuber and all-round Harry Potter fanatic, Alana King, to test her on some of the British slang words used in the Harry Potter franchise. Watch the video below to see how she fared and stay tuned until the end to click through to a video we did for her channel in which she tests me on some of the many Fantastic Beasts!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

14 Words Coined During WWI We Still Use Today

Today marks the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I. Despite it being one of the deadliest wars in human history, it was nonetheless linguistically significant for the following reason: it gave the English language a plethora of new words.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

7 British Words I Can NOT Live Without

Since leaving the British Isles 10 years ago, I've come to realize that—no matter what happens—particular British words and phrases will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. I might go as far as to say that there are some I can not live without. Here are 7 such words.

Monday, November 05, 2018

5 Differences Between British and American Autumn - Part 2

After I posted a video called "5 Differences Between British and American Autumn" on October 21, many of you pointed out some other differences that failed to make the final cut. So innumerable were your suggestions that I decided to compile them into a follow-up video. Here are 5 Differences Between British and American Autumn - Part 2.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

How Bonkers Crept Into American English | Distant Words

Bonkers. If you hadn’t heard, bonkers is a much-loved British slang term meaning crazy, nuts, zanier than two alpacas… boxing. But unlike other British phrases, such as “Bob’s Your Uncle” and “chuffed to bits”, “Bonkers” did the impossible: it cracked America.

Monday, October 22, 2018

5 Differences Between British and American Autumn

Autumn has to be my favo(u)rite season. So I was surprised to find I'd not yet produced a video looking at the specific differences between British and American autumn. While the leaves continue to fall and my wife orders her 204th pumpkin spice latte, here are 5 differences between British and American autumn.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

5 Supposedly British Words That Were Coined in America | Distant Words

Not all of the words on the internet’s 400 billion lists of quaint British words are, in fact, British. Sure, they might sound like they fell from a Jane Austen novel, but occasionally, their place of birth was closer to Dickinson than Dickens. Sometimes, those quaint British words originated in the United States of America. And so, here are 5 British words that did exactly that.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Why Americans Say Fall to Mean Autumn | Distant Words

In North America, there is one particularly seasonal word that continues to raise the curiosity eyebrow of my British compatriots and it this: the word “fall” as an alternative to autumn.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Why Americans Drop the H in Herb | Distant Words

It is often noted that Americans drop the H in the word "herb", something that can seem quite odd to us H-faring Brits. However, as is often the case in these matters, the story is not so cut and dry and involves a little it of French. Click play to discover some truths.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Update On Life, the Channel, and Everything

My videos have been regrettably infrequent recently. Here's why.

Monday, September 10, 2018

5 Words With Different Meanings in Britain and America | Distant Words

Just as Britain and America don’t always agree on pronunciation, spelling, or even words themselves, they are sometimes just as at odds over semantics: that is... the meaning of words. And so, with that in mind, here are 5 words with completely different meanings in Britain and America.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

5 Surprisingly Common Words That Were Coined In America - Part 2

Did you know, there are countless common words used in all corners of the English-speaking world that originated in the United States? You do now. Here are five such examples.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

5 People Who Turned Me On To America | Finding America

In the many years since my American fascination began, there have been various people who helped it to burgeon - people that I know and people that I've been watching from afar (the charges were eventually dropped). Here is my list of 5 people who turned me on to America.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Why Brits Should Be Okay with the American Use of "Pants" | Distant Words

After reading Buzzfeed's article, 21 Things British People Hate About Americans, I sought to add a little history to one of the "Americanisms" that emerged from the article: "pants." Here is a historic look at why Brits should stop poking fun at the American use of "pants."

Monday, August 20, 2018

A British-American Coincidence of Epic Proportions

Recently, as part of my Finding America series, I visited Salt Lake City, Utah, where I stayed with the lovely Poulson family (pictured). What you are about to read is a British-American coincidence of epic proportions.

Ask A Brit | Vol. 53 - San Francisco Impressions, Places, and Getting About

This is Volume #53 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 of this video using the hashtag #AskABrit for a chance to be featured in Volume #54. This week, the theme is San Francisco!

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!