I’ve been here long enough to compare things and miss things and try things. So I now give you:
UK vs. US
I might stir up some drama here, but considering this is my blog about what I’m learning on my travels, I think it’s okay. However, if anyone is really angry, I’d be up for a solid debate. There are many differences between the US and the UK that are obvious from movies, TV, and books such as the accent (which I wish I had) and foods, but there are smaller things that I truly did not think about until I arrived here long-term. I’ll break it down into categories-Battle Round (basically which country does it better), Phrases, and Terms.
Galaxy and Cadbury Chocolate VS. Hershey = UK Wins
Peanut Butter = US Wins
Squash VS. Crystal Light or Kool-Aid = UK Wins
Hot Sauce = US Wins
Cider VS. Redd’s Apple Ale or Mikes Hard = UK Wins
Stores closing EVERY DAY at 5pm VS. 24-hour places and open late = US Wins
Haribo Sweets VS. Starbursts and Skittles = UK Wins
Tesco and Asda and Co-Op VS. Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger and Meijer = US Wins
Accents = UK Wins
“Quit mugging me off” means “quit messing/joking around”.
“Taking the piss out of you” means “I’m messing/joking around”.
“Oh you’re just taking the mickey out of my accent” means “you’re making fun of my accent”.
“Do you fancy going out to eat?” means “would you like to go out to eat?”
“Want to get a cheeky pint after work?” means “Would you like to get a beer after work?”
“I’m going for a chippy, if you’re interested!” means “I’m going to get some fish and chips.”
Flat = House or Apartment
Centre = Mall
Poundworld, Pound Stretcher, & Poundland (Ash & I call it Poundtown) = Dollar Tree, Dollar General.
Pissed = Drunk
Pint = All beer, all sizes.
Wee = Little
Quid/Pounds = Dolla dolla bills ya’ll.
TKMAxx = TJMaxx
Primark = Forever XXI
Lecture or Seminar = Class
College = equivalent to a tech school in-between University & HS. (Tolles for you Hilliard readers.)
Uni or University = College.
Scone = Biscuit
Biscuit = Cookie
Sweets = Candy
Boot = Trunk
Petrol = Gas
Torch = Flashlight
Hire = Rent
Jumper = Sweater or Hoodie
Crisps = Potato Chips
Chips = French Fries
Bin = Trashcan
Pavement = Sidewalk
CV = Resume
Bap = Roll or bun
Cinema = Movies
Postman = Mailman
Wardrobe = Closet
Queue = Line
Lift = Elevator
Holiday = Vacation
Garden = Backyard
Spaghetti Hoops = Spaghettios
Pasta = Noodles or Spaghetti
Pish = Meh, or that sucks, or it’s shit.
Cheers = Thank you, or hello.
For the most part, that’s it. Those are the ones we pretty much hear every day around here. Then there are the words that we simply pronounce differently and get made fun of for haha. There are other differences here besides speech. The movies are the same but they arrive here about a month after they’ve been in the states and there are some that I’ve never even seen before because they’re “British”.
TV shows are the same but varied, as in they change based on the region. We have The Voice here but it’s obviously with different judges and we have the same drama with celebrities, although on the magazines at the store have people on there I still don’t recognize. My favourite (google chrome just made me correct that spelling on “favorite”-so strange) show here is Take Me Out and it’s a dating show that if in the states, would definitely be on MTV. It’s so entertaining.
We also listen to music in the office and I’m loving all of it. I’ve become a massive fan of Little Mix, Olly Murs (although we listen to him at home too), JLS, Emile Sande, Westlife, Foxes, Labrinth, Tinie Tempah, Lily Allen, Misha B, and more.
Moving on, this past weekend was nice. Mark visited, so Ash and I made dinner and played board games with him, Steph and Tom. It was obviously girls versus guys and we won! Those boys weren’t too pleased. I also went out during the day Saturday and explored the town a little bit more on my own. It is so beautiful and I almost want to pinch myself to make sure it’s real. Every street looks like something of a movie.
We’ve actually had a lot of sunshine and since it isn’t too cold here, it’s been nice to get out during the day and look for new things to explore. Ash and I have already been making plans for travel outside of Scotland and that’s been really fun. We discovered “Ryanair” which makes for flights inside of the UK inexpensive. We are thinking of London to do the Harry Potter Studio Tour (!!!!!) for my birthday weekend in February, Ireland for St. Patricks Day, as well as Amsterdam and Paris (Disneyland is conveniently there…) before we head back in May.
Anyways, sorry for writing so much! I just get excited about it all. That’s another cool thing about being here. I’m excited all the time! There are just so many things to explore and learn and people to meet and I like that everything is new for me. It’s eye-opening, as cheeseball as that sounds. If anything, I get more excited for applicants with us at work who have never been to the states before because they’ll feel what I feel now.
So, let’s continue to live, and I’ll post again soon!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis