With the spring/summer travel season rapidly bearing down on us, I thought it might be time for a little refresher course in How to Talk British. Here is the post that started the whole series. Mother Hen
People sometimes say that America and England are 2 countries separated by a common language, and I would have to agree. Moving over here I soon discovered that what I said was often misunderstood, and it had less to do with my broad Yankee accent and more to do with word choice. It didn’t matter I had lived south of the Mason-Dixon Line since I was 9 and that my actual accent was where Missouri married Texas. From the British perspective, Americans – northern or southern – are Yanks.
In any case, on this side of the pond there are a few verbal clangers you suss out straight away and avoid like the plague. I’ll never forget the story of another American wife over here who, having arrived from Houston just in time to attend a ritzy business dinner with her husband, made the following announcement to a table…
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