We've been corrected on more than one occasion that we don't actually speak English, but rather, 'American'. Books have probably been written describing the differences in accent, slang and vocabulary between our two countries. Language differences aside, there are a whole host of other differences between the Brits and the Yanks. Some of the differences are good, some bad, and some are just different. Here's a few we observed…Read More
Now that we've completed the Thames Path, I thought I'd do a review of the gear we thought we needed versus the gear we actually used. There were more than a few things we brought that we didn't need and only a couple of things we had to hunt down and buy while there. Some weren’t too surprising, but there were a few revelations…
The word 'Loo', which is a bit foreign to most of us Americans, is the British slang for what we call a restroom or bathroom. The origin of the term is not known for sure, but the most plausible theory is that it is derived from the name 'Waterloo', which was the trade name for a very common cistern used in British outhouses in the early twentieth century. Go into any pub in England and ask for the loo or the toilets, and you'll be directed to the little room that has toilets and sinks.
The differences between our restrooms and their loos go far beyond just the name, however…Read More