Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 502

Undertaking, USA style

I’ve mentioned before how I love driving on the roads in the USA because they are [mostly] big and open and it takes less time to get to places than it does in the UK, because of all our stop-start-traffic-lights-smaller-roads-congestion-road-works etc.

However…I get totally infuriated with undertaking! So much so that I even wrote a song about it (sad but true).

I is only a matter of time before I completely lose it with drivers in America who keep speeding up to undertake in the inside lane when I indicate to pull over. Oh, come on white lady in your 50s who was today’s undertaking queen, you’re better than that surely!

My British reserve and passive aggressive head shaking don’t past muster anymore on the American roads. But today, the British V sign worked wonders, and I don’t care if it got interpreted as a victory sign, because todayΒ I did win that inside lane battle.

Thou shalt not undertake a Brit. Be warned, Americanas πŸ˜‰ – I can swear like a British sailor, don’t ya know!

This is the sort of sign I made today (sorry mum and dad, but it had to be done!)

This is the sort of sign I made today (sorry mum and dad, but it had to be done!)

British slang t-shirt

I love this t-shirt. I would like one, please (hint, hint, it’s nearly the UK Desperate Housewife’s [ahem] 40th birthday!).

Brillopads!

Brillopads!

You can find all the explanations for those words here πŸ™‚

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7 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 502

  1. Kathryn says:

    What is undertaking? Is that the same as passing? I’ve heard of ‘undertaker’ but that is a whole other thing.

    • undertake
      To overtake a vehicle on the wrong side. Dangerous, and illegal in many countries, especially Germany where Autobahn (motorway/freeway) laws are extremely strict. Favourite activity of audi man, usually at dangerous speed.Audi man will also cut you up afterwards.
      EG, in the UK where one drives on the left and overtakes on the right, passing on the left is undertaking.

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    • undertake
      To overtake a vehicle on the wrong side. Dangerous, and illegal in many countries, especially Germany where Autobahn (motorway/freeway) laws are extremely strict. Favourite activity of Audi man, usually at dangerous speed. Audi man will also cut you up afterwards.
      eg. in the UK where one drives on the left and overtakes on the right, passing on the left is undertaking.

  2. Pat says:

    Like Kathryn, I am also confused by your use of the word ‘undertaking’ which made the whole part about driving very confusing to read. If it does mean passing then wouldn’t ‘overtaking’ make more sense?

    • undertake
      To overtake a vehicle on the wrong side. Dangerous, and illegal in many countries, especially Germany where Autobahn (motorway/freeway) laws are extremely strict. Favourite activity of Audi man, usually at dangerous speed. Audi man will also cut you up afterwards.
      eg. in the UK where one drives on the left and overtakes on the right, passing on the left is undertaking.

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  4. Undertaking, passing little old ladies who are going 45mph in the center lane while passing on the right.

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