Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 317

Sledding or sledging

Right, so the snow, it cometh. And bloody well lots of it, as they predicted.

In fact, after reports last night, I was preparing for another six inches (as the actress said to the bishop / that’s what she said.)

Snow

Snow

More snow

More snow

And more snow

And more snow

Folk here have been talking about ‘sledding’ and I’m thinking two things:

a) No thanks, awfully, and
b) Oh, you mean SLEDGING!
😉

We Brits refer to the act of sitting on something and sliding down a hill in the freezing cold differently from our American cousins. Well, of course we do – these are the funny differences between us!

I like this U.S description….

‘In the U.S, here would be images of how I define each sledge, sleigh, and sled, despite all of them having a similar definition in the dictionary.’

Sledge: sledgehammer

In the USA, this is a 'sledge' (hammer)

In the USA, this is a ‘sledge’ (hammer)

Sleigh: santa’s sleigh

I think this is a sleigh on both sides of the pond

I think this is a sleigh on both sides of the pond

Sled: kid on sled

Kid on a sled, innit

Kid on a sled, innit

Do we Britons sledge on a sled or on a sledge? Oh now I can’t remember what I did in my youth…. sledging on a sledge, I’m sure.

In America, though, they go sledding on a sled, that I do know 😉

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2 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 317

  1. Sue says:

    Not wishing to complicate the debate I like to go tobogganing on a “light, narrow vehicle, typically on runners, used for sliding downhill over snow and ice” usually yelling wwhheeeeeeee!!! (an elongated “exclamation used to express delight or excitement”) !

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