Off the lobby of our building we have vending machines with beverages and snacks. The other night I asked my husband if he could get me some kind of chocolate candy. He came back with a snickers bar and said “They only have 4 kinds of candy bars, the rest is all cookies and crisps”. Aha – you see? What in the USA, is called ‘chips’ the Brits call ‘crisps’. And now so do we. Britishisms just float right out of our mouths without us knowing. It’s what we hear, so it’s what we say.
Speaking of the UK, one of my favorite shows is Escape to the Country, and my favorite part of the UK is now Monmouthshire, in south east Wales. Every time they have a show featuring Monmouthshire I sit there, transfixed, yelling “fake” at the television. The countryside there is so beautiful that I simply can’t believe it really exists. It must be CGI; I watch dumbfounded, totally gobsmacked by the beauty.
Here’s a recent show with the first house in Monmouthshire, the video quality is not as good as on a real tv but it will give you some idea of the breathtaking beauty of the countryside. Also, if you watch the whole show, you will notice how much more interesting it is than the US house hunting shows…Enjoy!