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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  • H is for Hooker and S is for Sideburn 1 week ago Here are two men that I just recently learned about from Child 2: On the left is Ambrose Burnside. Burnside was a Civil War officer with a bit of a checkered career: at one point being conspired against (according to … Continue reading →
  • S is for Suspenders 5 months ago Only in America would you get a text like this one from a neighbour: To be fair – it is Halloween. But this is not the kind of neighbourhood where people borrow each other’s intimate underwear (thankfully). No one wanted … Continue reading →
  • C is for Chorus and Chorale 7 months ago Here is a report of a very recent chat between me and Child 3 who, now eleven, has recently started Middle School. Me: “So, did you have choir today?” 3: “Mom. It’s called chorus.” Me: “Oh, yeah. I knew that. … Continue reading →
  • A is for Aluminum 11 months ago On Tuesday Child 2 found something I said so amusing that he had to get his phone out and record me. Seriously, that’s just wrong. Isn’t it?? Anyway the word in question, as you may have guessed, was Aluminum, because … Continue reading →
  • P is for Piss Off 11 months ago Oh my, oh my. This has totally made my day! This is apparently a wet-suit shampoo which I’m sure is a very useful product for wet-suits wearers (not me). Up until this moment I thought that the main US/UK confusion … Continue reading →

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