Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 253

British sayings in the USA

I love British colloquialisms (okay, slang) – they are part of my culture and often make a sentence all the merrier! I use them frequently in conversations in the USA to my friends, sometimes leaving them nonplussed about what the hell I am going on about.

The brilliant site Buzzfeed has created a list of British slang sayings that it says ‘Americans should start using’.

It’s like a dictionary to understand what I am harping on about.

Here are some of my favourites….

(Made a mess of something)

(Made a mess of something)

(V v v v tired)

(V v v v tired)

(Had a little too much to drink and can't stand up)

(Had a little too much to drink and can’t stand up)

I could use all those lovely slang words above in one sentence after a night out on the tiles……. πŸ™‚

Government shutdown

It’s all a tiswas today with the government shutdown.

I heard on the radio that the ‘National Mall was closed’. For one moment I had a minor panic attack – I thought they meant that The Mall in Columbia would be closed. Phew, it’s not. I checked.

But the worst news of all is that The National Zoo’s beloved panda cam and all other live animal cameras from the zoo have gone dark with the government shutdown.

The zoo itself will be closed to visitors starting today 😦 A zoo spokeswoman says the live animal cameras went offline this morning. Officials say the shutdown won’t affect care of the animals, which is good news.

The zoo tweeted that “The cams (incl. the panda cams) require federal resources, especially staff, to run. They have not been deemed essential …”

We won't be able to see anymore of this cuteness for a while....

We won’t be able to see anymore of this cuteness for a while….

The panda cam has been popular since the birth of a new cub on August 23rd. Mummy Panda Mei Xiang could be seen snuggling with the teeny-tiny cub through the morning, but around 8am the feed went dark.

See, this is the kind of thing a government shutdown does to a nation. All together – ‘We want Pandacam, we want Pandacam…..’ πŸ˜‰

On a serious note, one friend commented today: ‘This is the USofA. And it’s ridiculous. Get a grip; you’re supposed to be grown ups…makes me too sad.’

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3 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 253

  1. Pat and Pam says:

    … and makes me ashamed of our Congress.

  2. ThatOtherGuy says:

    Much of what you are seeing is the Washington Monument Syndrome: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Monument_Syndrome

    They shut off websites and picnic areas and so on to make the public feel the pain. They never eliminate extraneous staff or reduce waste or try to find savings.

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