as my dear friend had gotten her recent ordeals off of her chest, I began to realize her situation had begun to hauntingly resemble my own. All I could say after a momentary pause was “I know" with all the heart and truth I could cram behind those words.
that even though both Americans and the British speak “English” primarily…we speak it completely differently. Much like saying hey it’s all “rock” and trying to compare Maroon 5 with say…Iron Maiden. It’s the same but it’s also different.
For example, a few word differences:
- For the British, jelly refers to jello as opposed to what we’d think as jam.
- When you hear the word silencer, us American folk would automatically think of that long cylindrical object people screw onto the end of a fire arm to produce that “pew pew” noise (A myth btw). To the British, it means a car muffler. Hmm.
- The word chemist for the British don’t invoke views on white lab coat donning, soot-faced, explosion-inducing scientists like we would. To them, it simply means pharmacist.
- If you live in the San Fernando Valley at least, the word banger probably means a thug of some sort to you. For the British, it’s a sausage.
- While jumper might make you think of Hayden Christensen(Anakin!) or that awesome Third Eye Blind song that Jim Carey sang in Yes! Man, for the Brits they’ll just think sweater.
- Say the word bonnet to us and it’ll probably strike back memories to those Thanksgiving plays where we all dressed like Pilgrims. Say the same word to a British person and hat wear becomes the front hood of a car.
- In our country a rubber usually refers to a condom. To them Brits, it means a pencil eraser.
P.S. 666th post in the middle of the night. Creepy..?
I got no sob story, no heroic and ambitious rags to riches tale.
I’m just another guy born into a below average household with parents that worked their asses off everyday while I remained all the more oblivious to their hardships. Raised with everything handed to me on a cheap painted steel platter thinking it was silver. Happily bumming it off of my folks and believing life was easy. 'Bout time I changed my outlook on life.