Monthly Archives: February 2013

10 British Insults Americans Won’t Understand

While the big, punchy swears are the same all over the English-speaking world, some of our milder, more idiosyncratic slights will leave the uninitiated scratching their heads.

Gosh, Sorry: Over-apologetic Brits in America

According to Debretts (the modern authority on all matters of etiquette, social occasions, people of distinction and fine style, don’t you know), “For many British people, apologizing is a default reaction to life’s little …

Choices, Choices: How to Navigate American Restaurant Menus

Brits are often taken aback at the number of choices when dining out or ordering food in the U.S. Most menus are at least two to three pages, and if you’re in one of those TGIF-type joints, it’s like being handed War and Peace.

Brits in America: How to Cope with Loss of a Loved One Back Home

Starting a new life thousands of miles from friends and family is hard work emotionally, even if everyone you leave behind is in excellent health. Add illness and death into the mix and living abroad can quickly become an excruciating …

Relax, Brits: It’s OK to Make a Fuss in the U.S.

Many Brits refrain from requesting something or complaining about something because they don’t want to “make a fuss” or put someone out.  The now viral British People Problems post includes the seemingly ridiculous “I …

Valentine’s Day: American Style

In the U.K., it’s very common to get someone else to write out your Valentine’s cards. They’re supposed to be sent anonymously to the object of your heart’s desire, hence the need to disguise the writing.

How Americans Can Help Brits Get Over Their Anti-Ginger Bias

Ever wondered why it took an American TV show to elevate Londoner Damian Lewis to the post of sex god? In his real-life homeland, having an orange mop is a bigger impediment to perceived attractiveness than bad breath and facial …

Two Brits Debate: Are Americans Sarcasm-Literate?

Two Brits-in-America discuss Americans and their use of sarcasm (or lack thereof).

Toni Hargis: I’d say many Brits have experienced Number 9 on the British People Problems list: “I phoned Netflix customer support, which is U.S.