Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Brit’s Guide to American Regional Nicknames

Greenbay Packer fans don't seem to mind the Cheesehead nickname. (Flickr)

It’s worth knowing some of these nicknames as Americans use them all the time. Additionally, the nicknames usually refer to something very specific, and interesting, about the city.

A Brit’s Guide to Understanding American High School Customs

Most Brits know about American high school customs from Hollywood exports like 'Mean Girls.' But the customs these films lampoon are very real, if alien to Brits. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

This article is not about the differences between British and American education systems (a comparison that should probably be reserved for a post of its very own). Rather, it is a look at the little things, things that breathe life ...

6 Differences Between American ‘Drugstores’ and British ‘Chemists’

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In Britain, one would pop to the chemist to tend to their everyday ailments, whereas in America, you’d swing by the more dangerous sounding “drugstore” to get your meds. In principle, the two serve the same purpose, but there are ...

How to Appreciate an All-American Halloween

Halloween can be a scary bit of fun, especially if you celebrate it with properly American exuberance. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Halloween in the U.K. is a scary affair, and not because of all the ghosts, witches and ghouls.

How to Be Dead in America

Turning the afterlife up to 11: fancy being buried in a Kiss coffin? (Photo via kiss.fanfire.com)

No matter who or where you are, it’s a fact that death comes for us all, but what are the options for your mortal remains if you end your days in the U.S. or the U.

14 Tips for Achieving Social Media Success (from #MindTheChat)

14 tips for conquering social media. (Photo via The Drum)

Every Wednesday at 2 pm ET on our Twitter account (@MindtheGap_BBCA), we hold a discussion (using hashtag #MindTheChat) around topics relevant to Brits living in America. This week (October 23), we delved into social media and the ways ...

5 British Food Items You Won’t Find in Major U.S. Grocery Stores

You can make them yourself, but you most likely won't find prepared sausage rolls in your local American grocery store. (Photo via JamieOliver.com)

If you ask any British expat what he or she misses most about their homeland, the majority will eventually—after perhaps citing their friends and family—list that very important element of day-to-day living: food.

5 Clues That You’re Becoming Americanized, Brits

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Brits may claim that their accents haven’t changed, mine hasn’t after more than twenty years here (see what I mean?) but there’s no doubt that, after a while, Americanisms seep in all the same.

How to ‘Suck It Up’ Like a Brit

Dame Maggie Smith at her stoic Dame Maggie Smith-iest. (Photo: ITV/PBS Masterpiece)

If Britain was America’s therapist, we’d have been “let go” after the introductory session. While our two nations see eye-to-eye on many matters of substance, like imperialism and Downton Abbey, we simply can’t agree on how ...

7 Ways to Scrimp and Save in the U.S.

Instead of using trains, hitch a ride on the Dirty Dog. (Photo: Creative Commons)

America makes you want to spend money. Stuff somehow seems shinier, tastier and more appealing here, yet most expats arrive on a budget, fearful of dipping into their emergency slush fund. Fear not, Brits.