Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 367

Little British kid

Poor little Harry is struggling a little with some areas of American reasoning.

Like being told off for saying ‘Darn it’ at the child care place he goes to.

Apparently when they told him off he responded thus (in his best British accent): ‘Darn it isn’t a bad word in England. I do know some bad words that are very bad though…’ They cut him off at that point.

Is this really swearing?!

Is this really swearing?!

I agree with him. ‘Darn it’ is totally mild, and a whole lot better than ‘crap’ or ‘bugger’ or some of the other expletives that we spout forth that may, or may not, be in ear shot of him on occasion πŸ˜‰ .

It is my humble British opinion that the reaction to ‘darn it’ is a slight over-reaction. Isn’t ‘darn it’ a kind of nice way of saying ‘goddamnit’, and I know that is considered cussing for sure in the USA! I also know that he didn’t pick up ‘darn it’ from me, because I’m more of an ‘Oh shit’ person myself πŸ˜‰ . I’m sure ‘darn it’ is used more commonly in America than the UK, and is not really considered cussing – is it folks?!



Anyway, being the little cheeky Brit chap that he is, he further riled his child carers by repeating the word ‘bottom’ as per the minions in Despicable Me 2….

‘Perhaps don’t say that word, Harry,’ I suggested.
Sigh. ‘At least I didn’t say bum.’


White Oak Tavern American-style

Us Howard County bloggers are meeting for a blog gathering on Thursday at a new place in Ellicott City called the White Oak Tavern.

Oooh, sounds like a lovely traditional British pub, I thought to myself.

I looked it up.

Um, not quite what I was expecting....!

Um, not quite what I was expecting….!

I should know by now that in Columbia and new bits of Ellicott City that the exterior of all these buildings all look the same and are usually situated in some kind of 1970s precinct, and, whilst I had a slight pang in my heart for a cosy fireside British pub with deers’ heads hanging on the wall, stools with the buttock imprints from gentlemen who have sat at the bar with their tankard for the past 45 years, roaring log fires, a menu of crusty breads and mackerel pate and cheeses, and cosy little nooks to bury yourself in, I’m guessing that this White Oak Tavern will be what it is meant to be in this area (a bar), and very pleasant it will be too. (Tho I suspect that there will be lots of TV screens on the walls. Sigh.)

Ah, cosy British pub, how do I miss thee?!

Ah, cosy British pub, how do I miss thee?!

The menu looks pretty good, so I will go with AN OPEN MIND! Never judge a book by its cover, hey?!

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10 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 367

  1. Tell Harry to say back “Bollocks!” That will shut them up.

  2. ian says:

    I suggest harry says ” Darn my socks”

  3. Andy says:

    Darn it? Seriously? Political correctness gone insane (again). As Ian said he could always tell them that his mum darns the holes in his socks and that’s where it comes from. On second thoughts maybe not, as holes in socks are likely to result in a visit from child services. Sometimes this is a very strange country, isn’t it?

  4. Stu says:

    We have a few US mormons in our little shanty town…..It’s a bit like Ned Flanders shacking up with Jimmy Nail.

  5. What about “Dang it”? I hear my boys say it and I have no idea if whether to tell them off or not! LOL

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