Today I have my English friend, Jasmine Ahern. She's a wonderful author and apparently an intense debater on the 'English' language. LOL So, sit back and read up on two languages that are essentially the same but vastly different.
America vs England
This week, I had my lovely friend Annie Laurie come to stay. Annie is from America and we became sort of writer penpals, editing and critiquing each other's work and then becoming friends off the back of that. This is her third visit and now, we know each other well enough to start comparing and making fun of each other's languages – American English and British English. In fact, we enjoy doing this in public and today, on a trip to Bath, in south England, we amused many shop keepers and checkout employees.
Language is particularly interesting for me as a writer, in addition to the fact that my books are set in America and I am English, I am currently studying a master's degree in Novel & Poetry writing, much of which is based around language.
I'd like to share with you some examples of the words Annie and I have been quarelling over these past few days.
Scallions Spring onions
Good and Plenty Liquorice (specific brand)
Toilet paper Loo roll
Two weeks Fortnight
They don't even seem to have squash - http://www.officepad.co.uk/
Another bone of contention was, of course, pronounciation. Tomato and tomato, WarWICK and WARRICK, aluminum and aluminium....
There are also idioms that are very different – where Americans would say “a drop in the bucket,” we say “a drop in the ocean.” Where Americans would say “knock on wood,” we would say, “touch wood.”
I could go on and on. Instead I think I'll just share a photo of Annie and I arguing it out over a stove with culinary instruments...
If you'd like to read about a British woman in the US, why not pick up my first novel, Stranded?
After getting dumped by a man she thought she loved and being robbed at the airport, Rachel becomes stranded without a passport in New York.
Enter Will, a handsome carpenter she meets by chance, who wants to make her unintentional layover permanent....
Stranded is published by Pink Petal Books and is available at all good ebook retailers.
It's also out in paperback at Amazon and Barnes and Noble:
I'm rated five stars on Barnes & Noble!
Now that I've fitted my shameless plug in, I'd like to thank Rebecca for having me here for Talkin' Tuesday. Thanks for reading, everyone!
Thanks for coming to visit me, Jasmine! It sounds as if you and Annie are soul writers. I have one myself. Her name is Lorettajo Kapinos--she's a YA writer. Love arguing with her!
And, just for the record, it's you that pronounces things wrong. :)
Everyone, Have a Sparkling Day!