Author Archives: Brigid Brown

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

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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

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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 ...

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 ...

Football vs. ‘Soccer’: A Translation Guide for Brits and Americans

Houston Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, left, collides with Montreal Impact midfielder Sanna Nyassi during the second half of an MLS soccer match Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Houston. (Photo: AP/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

Football (or soccer, depending on which side of the pond you’re from) is just as vulnerable to Anglo-American nuances as any part of the special relationship.

Breaking the States: 10 Things British Musicians Should Know Before Heading to America

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If you’re a British musician thinking of relocating to the United States, there are several things to consider before setting sail from Blighty. (The first is that this isn’t the 18th century, and you should probably take a plane; ...