Bringing Up Brits

Popchips UK Get popped!

Popchips UK Get popped!

I sometimes get sent stuff to try out and then blog about, most of the time it is centered around American holidays which is fine by me! This year for Thanksgiving we got a huge box of Popchips, a relatively new type of potato chip that is hitting the UK by storm. They are now […]

Chips vs. crisps: the big debate

Chips vs. crisps: the big debate

I think I’ve well and truly screwed up my kids! It was all out war last night at the dinner table. We were having tacos and were discussing the tortilla chip – I was calling them chips of course and so was my daughter Anna Grace. My eldest, Sam kept correcting us every time we […]

5 Reasons I’m Glad my Children Speak British English and American English

5 Reasons I’m Glad my Children Speak British English and American English

This is the third blog link up post started by Amanda van Mulligen of Expat Life With a Double Buggy. See previous two posts here: 5 Things I Love About My Expat Life and 5 Reasons I’m Glad my Children are British and American I didn’t think I could join in with this one as […]

Learning British English from a 4 year old

Learning British English from a 4 year old

It was a regular Saturday morning at my 4 year old son’s swimming lesson, nothing special, just something we do every Saturday. However, on this particular morning, Jonah (my 4 year old) decided I needed to have a lesson on British English. In the locker room, as I was helping him get changed into his […]

This is why British people say Maths instead of Math

If you’ve ever wondered, like I have, why British people say Maths instead of Math then watch this video explaining the origins of the word and why there is so much heated debate surrounding both ways of saying Math the American way and Maths the British way. I saw this video on Facebook, posted by […]

Pants

Pants

Recently, we’ve had weekly discussions about the word ‘pants’. When my two older children were little, they thought of pants as trousers. Now, they think I’m weird for calling trousers pants and they cringe when I say underpants. They also misunderstand me sometimes when I use the word pants and I sometimes misunderstand them, albeit […]

Bleachers, Bobby pins and Band-Aids

Bleachers, Bobby pins and Band-Aids

It never ceases to amaze me how, after 18 years of being together, my husband and I still sometimes baffle each other with our use of language – American style vs. British English. So many of our arguments (not that we have all that many!) are down to the fact that I think I am […]

I have a fag burn on my jacket

I was shocked, horrified and offended by this casual remark from my British boyfriend 17 years ago. I thought – “What?? How can he say that!” Well, I have come a long long way since then and am no longer shocked, horrified or offended by sentences like this. I would still never say something like […]

Stephen Fry is on my wavelength

“Our attachment to our language is about emotion, not about intellect. Our identity is all about feelings”  -Stephen Fry on Planet Word On the BBC program Planet Word, Stephen Fry argues that the way we speak defines us above all – be it a national language, a regional dialect or even class variation. The program […]