Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 295


I’ve noted that I say ‘Cheers’ a lot. This is a mostly Brit thing. And I think it confuses my American chums on occasion. What I am saying is either ‘Thanks’ or ‘You’re welcome.’

It seems that we Brits use this word on any occasion, covering any meaning from ‘thanks’, to ‘hello’, to ‘no problem’, etc.

Hoorah/thanks etc

Hoorah/thanks etc

My other half talks Cockney a lot (and I do have to sometimes translate on his behalf to the recipient of his Cockney ramblings). He usually follows ‘Cheers’ with the term ‘mate’, even to strangers. For example: ‘Here is your beer.’ ‘Cheers mate.’

Of course, it is also used as a toast accompanied by a clink of glasses or raising of them to say ‘Hooray!’.

Who knew ‘Cheers’ could mean so much?! What a versatile word it is.

WTF is going on with the weather?

Today, it is like Spring. Yesterday it was like a British Sunday in the Autumn. Tomorrow they say it will be flippin’ freezing.

You can't deny that the leaves are lovely!

You can’t deny that the leaves are lovely!

Come now, Maryland. Are we in fall or winter or what? (Not that I am complaining about the warm 70 degrees today!)


I am about to undertake my second Thanksgiving in the USA.

So, what, dear readers does this mean?

It means people will eat turkey and a lot of other stuff and then queue mindlessly to buy things the next day (Black Friday). Some stores open at midnight on Thanksgiving because there is such a rush.

Is it really all about the shopping? Has the meaning of Thanksgiving got lost somewhere between the Gucci handbag and Tommy Hilfiger underpants bargains?




These Thanksgiving comments amused me….

1. Thanksgiving – another excuse for Americans to spend an entire day eating.
2. Thanksgiving – the one before Christmas, as in “Happy Thanksgiving. This date lets everyone know that Christmas is only one more month away.”
3. Thanksgiving – a turkey’s worst nightmare.
4. Thanksgiving – conveniently situated on a Thursday, meaning most people end up with a 4-day weekend.
5. Thanksgiving – a “holiday” where you have to spend time with your family and act like you’re enjoying yourself, when in reality you are just waiting on everyone to finish eating so you can get the hell out of there.

Shirts are available pre-sale....

Shirts are available pre-sale….

Anyhow, I know a lot of people where I live are looking forward to Thanksgiving, and for many it genuinely is a time when people get together and give thanks for what they have and hang out with their families, and wot-not.

And I’m sure I’ll be at our Thanksgiving dinner, raising a glass with a very British ‘Cheers!’ resonating across the table 😉

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