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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  • G is for Graduation 1 month ago High School graduation just happened to us. And apart from all the normal emotions of wondering where the years went, and how could our little boy grow up so fast, we also hit a steep learning curve, finding out about high school graduation, American style. Let’s start with the photo. We were in...
  • S is for School 4 months ago This is going to be an educational post. Or it was. Let’s just call it a post about education and leave it at that. But however it turns out, the main reason for writing it is that, almost unbelievably, Child 1 is about to finish school and go to University. Or at least that’s what […]
  • V is for Vet 11 months ago We have had visitors from the UK recently. On a day out to Philadelphia they came across a homeless person sitting on the pavement/sidewalk holding a sign that said “Homeless Vet.” “Oh,” said their 13 year-old daughter, “but I thought vets earned a lot of money.” I’ll let that sink in...
  • C is for Commercial break 11 months ago In the last day or so I’ve done a bit of digging on why we have commercial breaks on TV in the States but adverts in the UK. So far, no treasure. Both seem to have french roots but I can’t find any more information or any funny stories to tell about it. So instead, […]
  • E is for Emergency Flashers 1 year ago Child 1 sat and passed his driving test last month. This is frightening in many ways. For starters he is still only 16 and even though he has had a broken leg in the past year and showed no interest in getting his permit for months after his 16th birthday he has still managed to […]

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