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When considering the differing terminology for common things between Britain and the U.S., it’s often a case of finding out who called their thing the thing they call it first, and declaring them the winner.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on October 7th, 2014
When you grow up expecting things to be a certain way and find out they are not a universal constant, it can be quite bewildering, and when that bewilderment is applied to plumbing, things often get unpleasant.
On September 18, the Scottish people vote on whether they wish to be formally independent from the United Kingdom. And it’s a referendum that has stirred up strong feelings on either side of the debate.
By rights, every day should be Welsh rarebit day. Hot bread plus hot cheese is an eternally winning combination: a conclusion that is apparently shared by every short order chef in every diner everywhere (providing they can throw a bit ...
Lancaster University and Cambridge University Press are currently surveying the way the English language is changing as it leaves the mouths of British people, for the Spoken British National Corpus 2014. It’s a way of keeping ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on July 21st, 2014
Often the most exciting thing about a trip to another country isn’t the scenery or culturally enriching buildings, but a trip to the supermarket to find out what the locals enjoy eating when they’re watching TV.
So today is the day everyone gets together to celebrate that little ring of happiness that makes the mid-morning bearable. The doughnut, or donut, or d’n’t has been a firm fixture of faces since the mid-1800s, having been ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on May 30th, 2014
It’s a little uncomfortable out here on this limb, making assumptions about the tastes and dietary habits of two whole nations. But we all know that some foodstuffs—whether they are commemorative dishes or special ...
British food has a longstanding global reputation for being inedible sludge, boiled beyond recognition and leeched of anything approximating flavor. But this reputation could not be less deserved, and it’s high time that this ...
I know, you can’t imagine there could even be five flavors of soda that are not currently available on the shelves of every American store. And yet there are, and some of them are massively popular too.