The Transatlantic Translator

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The Transatlantic Translator
An unscientific and ad-hoc English dictionary translating the mysterious and multitudinous differences between American English and UK English, as found by a family of 5 living in Pennsylvania
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  • V is for Vitamins 1 week ago This is not a very serious blog post. In fact I’m not sure how well this – in my mind – totally hilarious episode will translate to the written word. But here we go. Last week Child 3 and I were over in Edinburgh for Spring Break (Easter Holidays) and staying with my mum (mom).... Read More
  • S is for Sweet Onions and Shallots 2 months ago There she weaves by night and day A magic web with colours gay. She has heard a whisper say, A curse is on her if she stay To look down to Camelot. She knows not what the curse may be, And so she weaveth steadily, And little other care hath she, The Lady of Shalott.... Read More
  • C is for Cilantro 3 months ago Sometimes it’s the small capitulations that signify the beginning of the end. Who said that? Nobody. But I feel some famous smart person must have said something pithy in this regard once upon a time. Today felt like that to me. Today was the day that I texted child 3 that I had just bought......
  • R is for Roy G Biv 3 months ago What the… I hear you say in the U.K. Roy G Biv?? What on earth is that?? But everyone in the U.S. (I bet) knows exactly what this is. Yet we have lived here for 8 years now and I only found out about this phrase YESTERDAY! It came about like this: Child 3 and... Read More
  • U is for Ugly Sweater 4 months ago Once upon a time in the US there were Christmas sweaters worn by sad Dad characters like this one: That’s Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation from 1989. By the turn of the century, even the love interest could wear a Christmas sweater, as demonstrated by Colin Firth in Bridget...

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