This Side of the Pond
Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman
January 17, 2019
For the first couple of years after I sailed across the pond, I sometimes felt as though I were speaking into a vacuum. I found myself stuck in a surreal no man's land where my meaning was being dismissed or ignored and I couldn't work out why. It turned out that I was using all the wrong words.
A respected polling company back in the UK has just explained this phenomenon. As if I hadn't already had ample opportunity to work it out for myself, YouGov performed a survey that proved Britain and America are the two nations separated by a common language they are often claimed to be.