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Five Great Things
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.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on May 19th, 2014
This is not going to put to bed any age old arguments about the slow erosion of cultural identity that comes with abandoning the old ways and taking on newfangled ideas. Those arguments will rumble on anyway, simply because—as with ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 16th, 2014
Tradition is the simple matter of doing something once because it’s the right thing to do, and then doing it again (and again) for no good reason at all. And traditions that have withstood the warping effects of hundreds of ...
Given that the idea of a uniform spelling for any word you’d care to name has only been in existence for a fraction of the time that written language has, you’d think people would make less fuss about tiny regional ...
As befits a nation that is often blessed with inclement weather, the Brits have a fine array of slang terms for feeling unwell. The ones listed here are only those that don’t appear to have travelled too well across the globe, ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on February 17th, 2014
When it comes to calling a thing a name, some work better than others, depending on where you are. Here are five examples of successful brands—or generic names for branded items—that only work on one side of the Atlantic.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on February 14th, 2014
Valentine’s Day is one of those events that serves to teach us all an important lesson, namely that no two romantic entanglements (or the lack thereof) are the same. It might seem like everyone is all hearts and flowers all day ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on February 13th, 2014
If you were thinking of taking a date to Britain on a romantic Valentine’s Day jaunt, be warned: not everywhere has thatched roofs and servants called Jeeves.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on January 31st, 2014
Are you feeling naughty? Feeling like crossing a few boundaries, breaking a few taboos? Well it’s practically the weekend, why shouldn’t you?
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on January 30th, 2014
Warning: this has been written by someone who, until a couple of hours ago, thought there were four basic sorts of apples – green, red, pie and sauce. Apparently there are over 7,500, so some of the terminology may be a little off ...