Author Archives: Ruth Margolis

10 Common British Expressions That Baffle Americans

We may technically speak the same language, but use one of our multitude of bizarre idioms in conversation with a person born and raised in the U.S. and you’ll be met with a, “Huh?

10 Common American Expressions That Baffle Brits

You’ve likely heard these bewildering utterances leave the mouths of your American acquaintances, but that doesn’t make them any less perplexing. (Note: many Americans are equally baffled by some of the atrocities below.

8 Instances When You Should Play Up Your Britishness in America

It’s no secret that the merest murmur of a British accent turns the average American into a heap of delighted, obliging mush. So I say: use this to your advantage.

10 American Substitutes for British Grocery Staples

So, you’re craving various foodstuffs from home but can’t track them down in the U.S. or bring yourself to pay five times what the product is worth in international shipping.

How to Fly With Kids: A British Expat’s Guide

At some stage, we’ve all been the passenger in front of the child who’s decided his in-flight entertainment will be pummeling the back of your seat for seven hours with his tiny devil feet. And then there’s the baby a couple of ...

9 U.S. Vacation Destinations That Will Remind Brits of Home

Nowhere in America is an exact replica of any place in the U.K., architecturally or otherwise. But some spots provide a look or atmosphere that will remind you of home without the inconvenience of actually schlepping back to Blighty.

8 Situations When Brits Behave Differently from Americans

Those of us who were born and raised in the U.K. have our own special, but not necessarily sensible, way of doing things.

Winter is Coming: How to Cope With the Cold, American Style

Unless you’re one of those lucky expat Brits basking in the bottom band of sunny states, winter in America is a serious business. It gets COLD. Like, penguins wouldn’t even live here kind of cold.

Brits in America: How to Set Up Home From Scratch

When I moved a third of the way round the planet, I wished I could bring the cosy London flat I’d just spent the last two years lovingly refurbishing with me. Setting up a comfortable, functioning home—again—is ...

How to Appreciate an All-American Halloween

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