5 Things Brits Take For Granted Americans Don’t Have

Electric Kettles It took me a little while to notice this one because I actually do have an electric kettle. I twigged to it one day while watching a cooking (or cookery as they say here) show and the chef grabbed his electric kettle and added boiling hot water to something. That wouldn’t happen in…

Wee Scottishisms

Scots speak differently than the English and have a whole slurry of words that are different. Here a few that I’ve picked up recently. Wee = little Before I got here I really thought the Scots wouldn’t possibly use wee for little much. I was wrong. They pretty much always say wee vs little. Matter…

“Naughts and Crosses” vs “Tic-Tac-Toe”

Went to a comedy improv show in Leith the other night. They gave everyone a sheet of paper and said you could doodle on it and I played myself a game tic-tac-toe in the corner. It was a draw of course, just like thermonuclear war. Then they had us name a play. I tore off…

“Hold Ups” vs “Stockings”

Was reading a model’s profile and she said, “I love hold ups and heels.” Mmmmmmm…… I actually I was thinking it was going to be the same at “push up” as in bra. But a quick search showed me that it was stockings. Nor is it the same as garter belt.

The Same And Different: Toastmasters Clubs Edinburgh

Like all Toastmasters both the clubs we visited were welcoming and friendly. The Mrs and I love Toastmasters and are already missing our home club. One of the goals we had for our trip was to visit Toastmasters clubs. We accomplished that twice while in Edinburgh. There are 3 public Toastmasters groups that meet in…

“Fish Fingers” vs “Fish Sticks”

If you are a Dr Who fan you already know this one, but they refer to thin rectangular pieces of breaded fish as “Fish Fingers”. I guess it is no more unusual than our calling thin fried pieces of chicken as Chicken Fingers, though I haven’t seen chicken fingers on a UK menu yet. I…

After Two Weeks In Scotland

It’s an Adventure. That’s the way I describe our trip to the UK all the time to those who ask why we’re here and to myself. My goal for the trip was to learn what it’s like to live in the UK. It isn’t really a vacation in the sense of seeing the sites, though…