Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 498

Got or Gotten

Today I heard Harry say ‘gotten’ for the first time. I’ll confess, this verb conjugation messes up my English ears. Sorry, American chumbalies, I can’t help it. It’s already a past participle. Sigh.



My garage

My American garage (or ‘ga-rarge’) is bigger than my sitting room back in the UK. That’s nuts.

American-stylie padlocks

I hate these things!

I hate these things!

Americans love these padlocks, which is all well and good, except I cannot effing open them and I turn up to work 10 mins early so that I can spend 10 mis trying to unlock the wretched thing and open the stereo. In the end, I just ask any American nearby because, as they say, they’re used to them from high school. What’s wrong with those ones where you line up the numbers? Oh, I get so darn confused about which way to go and how many times past which number etc with these ones. I don’t think I’ll ever get it!

Expat survey

Did you know that the US ranks among the five best expat destinations worldwide? Or that it offers some of the best career prospects out of all the countries surveyed? Ooh, super!

Expat Statistics USA infographic

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3 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 498

  1. EmmaK says:

    oh god don’t get me started on those padlocks. I used one on a locker in the gym when I went swimming and of course I could not unlock it and had to get one of the attendants to open it for me. Of course he must have thought I was a prize idiot but luckily I don’t embarrass easily!

  2. Being able to fit 2 cars in your sitting room would be nuts.

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