Author Archives: Kevin Wicks

10 American Speech Habits That Grate on British Ears

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I’m with the Americans on a lot of things—spellings in particular. Just think of all the valuable seconds you can save ordering doughnuts online when you drop the ‘ugh’ from the middle of the word and spell it donut.

Honours vs. Honors: A Brief Guide to College in America

If  you see this guy on campus when dropping off your son or daughter; then go the other way. (Universal)

While the basic premise of learning stuff is the same, college in America is not like university in Britain.  It would appear the structure, lingo and traditions on U.S.

Coming to America: 10 Everyday Phrases Brits Need to Know

It may not be politically correct but yep, this is Channing Tatum in a "wife beater." (

Moving to the U.S.?  Think you speak the language?  Think again.  Here are ten everyday phrases that may cause concern or confusion to the uninformed immigrant.

6 U.K. Television Quirks Only Brits Will Know

The Test Card F girl Carole and her clown Bubbles.

There are certain things about British television only Brits can appreciate…

Carole Hersee & Bubbles the Clown This image, without doubt, is the most bone-chillingly scary thing ever to be broadcast by the BBC. A young girl, who looks like something out of The Shining, is playing noughts and crosses with ...

Eight Yorkshire Sayings That Will Baffle Americans

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As a Yorkshireman residing in’t Big Apple, folk can’t fathom me reet often (Translation: In New York, nobody understands me when I speak).  Consequently, everyday activities like ordering a sandwich can become embarrassing, ...

Extreme Weather, Animals, Landscapes and More: What to Expect in America

Geysers and Hot Springs North America. Opal Pool at Old Faithfull, Yellowstone National Park (Photo by: Minden Pictures/AP Images)

Britain is a safe place to live.  There are no deadly animals, little in the way of severe weather, and any earthquakes are so teeny tiny that they’re barely worth acknowledging. America, on the other hand …

Eating Out: 10 Differences Between Britain and America

Always pouring: free refills are much more common on the left side of the Pond. (Photo:  	Florian Plag via Wikimedia Commons)

I’ll never forget the look of surprise and disgust on my American waiter’s face the first time I asked for mayonnaise and then proceeded to dip my fries in it.

A British Hitchhiker’s Guide to Understanding America’s Driving Lingo

The 1908 Cadillac. (Photo: AP)

The rise of the automobile in America in the 1890s gave birth to an exciting new vocabulary of words and phrases. Like the machines that spawned them, much of this vehicle vernacular was then exported around the world, where it aged as ...

8 American Sports Idioms Brits Won’t Understand

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In America the sports idiom is a popular and effective way of getting your point figuratively across without having to literally say what you mean. These everyday euphemisms are useful language tools and are often deployed without ...

Premier League Season So Far: Most Exciting in Years?

Liverpool's Luis Suarez (right), a key to the team's success this season, battles with Fulham's Elsad Zverotic in their November 9 match. (Photo: AP/Clint Hughes)

From a neutral’s perspective, this season’s Premier League is shaping up to be the most dazzlingly entertaining, beautifully unpredictable, and grossly absorbing in the division’s history.  Since the BPL’s inception a little ...