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How Do You Say ‘Jaguar’?: British vs. American Brand Pronunciations

A recent article about the British pronunciation of Nike (to rhyme with “bike”) elicited howls of surprise and disbelief from my American friends on both sides of the Pond. According to the company itself, it’s NI-key!

Former Journalist Gavin Scott on Living a Screenwriter’s Life

Most people couldn’t name (let alone recognize) any successful screenwriters, and as for British ones, well, arguably only Richard Curtis is a household name. But there are plenty of other U.K.

10 Strange Things Brits Find in American Supermarkets

One of the first things you have to do when you arrive in a new country is to go grocery shopping. New Brits in America probably won’t be intimidated by the size of stores, but once you start wheeling up and down the aisles you’ll ...

Preview: How Will England, U.S.A. Fare in Their World Cup Groups?

As far as World Cup draws go, both England and the U.S. have been dealt tough hands.  Here’s a team-by-team guide to the two nations’ groups:

World Cup 2014 Watch Guide: Why You Won’t Miss a Kick

It has often been said that “Americans don’t care about real football.” Thankfully, this assertion continues to carry less and less weight these days.

Toni Hargis: What I Miss About British Summers

Don’t get me wrong: there’s lot to love about a summer in the U.S.—especially if you’ve just emerged from a brutal northern winter.

How NOT to Visit an American Dentist: A Brit’s Confession

I realize now that I was laughably unprepared for my first oral examination by an American. One of my back molars has ached, on and off, for the last eight years. I mentioned this to a British dentist once.

A Matter of Taste: An Expat on Differences Between British and American Palates

Sometime during the early 1990s, a new and exciting breakfast product appeared on the shelves of British supermarkets. I was aware of Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts thanks to American television shows, and when I saw boxes of them stacked into a ...

9 Ways for Brits to Style Their Homes Like Americans

To a British eye, U.S. homes and interiors often have a foreign feel: big, bold and unabashed. Here are some of the key looks and styles for creating an abode that screams U.S.A.

The Pogues’ James Fearnley on His Memoir, Jamming with Hollywood Stars and L.A. Life

In recent years, the Christmas holidays in England have reverberated to the song “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl, but The Pogues have an older and more interesting story than their biggest hit ...