Tag Archives: Five Great Things

Five British Easter Traditions That Will Surprise Americans

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 ...

Five Phrases, Five Tiny Differences

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 ...

10 British Words for Illness

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, ...

Five Common Things That Are Branded Slightly Differently In Britain

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.

Five Great British Songs That Offer Romantic Advice

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 ...

The 10 Most (And Least) Romantic British Places To Take Your Valentine

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.

Five Songs That Contributed to the Moral Decay of Great Britain

Are you feeling naughty? Feeling like crossing a few boundaries, breaking a few taboos? Well it’s practically the weekend, why shouldn’t you?

How Do You Like THESE Apples? 10 Of Britain’s Best

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 ...

How To Pronounce Deliberately Off-putting British Place Names

Yesterday, our ever-helpful sister blog Mind The Gap published a list of American place names that are not pronounced the way they are spelled, in an effort to increase international understanding of local quirks for visiting Brits.

10 British Ways to Ring in the New Year

Before we get started, let’s be clear that traditions are often unique and singular, and have the capacity to travel far and wide. So if we happen across a thing you always do out in Missouri or Seattle, and you’ve never ...