Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 292

Hilarity at USA maps

I still get confused about where all the states are in the United States. And when I am looking for Maryland it is so small in comparison to the other states, but it actually feels quite big when you live here (being a Brit from counties like Gloucestershire and Wiltshire).

Anyhoooooo, some recent maps of the USA tickled my fancy very much.

It’s entitled: Here’s What Happens When You Ask People To Draw A Map Of The USA From Memory

This is mine, and blog reader Andy’s, favourite….



They are genius.

I don’t think I could do a map of the UK counties, even, which is pretty shoddy, I know. I was only good at colouring in various countries in Geography at school in pretty colours πŸ˜‰

British boy says American things in British accent

Harry has very little American accent now. He’s tried it, and I guess he has decided he will speak in a British accent. Fair enough. There’s the odd inflection with some phrases, but when he chooses words, either consciously or subconsciously, he more often than not will call, for example, the ‘garbage’ the ‘rubbish’ and the ‘trash can’ the ‘bin’ etc.

And, of course, he calls he has to call a ‘rubber’ an ‘eraser’ otherwise he would be in the Principal’s office….Oh how much trouble I would be in at school here! πŸ˜‰

However, school does influence him and he says some very American school-type things, naturally.

So there is something amusing hearing a relatively ‘plummy’ British boy sitting at the table telling me that he had ‘shot some really awesome baskets at school today’. Ah, basketball hoops is to what you are referring.

Shooting hoops, innit

Shooting hoops, innit

And ‘In math I got a check mark for doing my sums right’. Translate as ‘In maths I got a tick for doing adding up correctly.’


Or 'math'...?

Or ‘math’…?

A few of my favourite things

I’m going to be blogging towards the end of 2013 about a few of my favourite things in the USA in general and in Howard County/Columbia/Ellicott City.

A kind of UK Desperate Housewife’s Top 20 or however many I come up with. So, where do I like to eat, drink, shop, walk etc…..Who will the winners be?!!!

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2 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 292

  1. Lauri says:

    I love the math/maths difference. My daughter is currently doing a semester study abroad in Scotland and I got a kick out of her mentioning her “maths professor” on Facebook last week. On our last visit to the UK I bought a “maths set” at Poundland (compass, protractor, ruler, etc,) just because the package said maths. As an Anglophile I’ve been looking up UK counties whenever they are mentioned and making a mental note of their location so I can learn them (nerdy!). I love your blog, glad I discovered it!

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