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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  • S is for School 2 weeks 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 9 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 10 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 11 months 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 […]
  • B is for broil 13 months ago It is not every day that I have cause to pull my copy of The Riverside Chaucer off my bookshelves. In fact, it is so little disturbed that I can clearly see the colour fading from its spine and outer edges at the left and top sides – undeniable evidence that it has not been […]

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