Congratulations to me for winning a Twitter competition on the weblog separated by a common language against a field of six! and thanks to Lynne, who is going to send me a packet of McVitie’s ginger nuts, thus bypassing the many expat British food sellers.
The test was to find a tweet that was either in American English and incomprehensible to speakers of British English, or vice versa. I went for the vice versa.
As Lynne writes, it’s often easier for British speakers to understand American English, because they hear so much on TV or in the cinema. I did try to find some incomprehensible American tweets, by searching for words like grits, but nothing was really convincing:
I had the “Going to bed alone” dog. Lots of kraut, garlic, red onion sauce and pastrami.// well done, well DONE!
I found one American who’d been on Chatroulette and asked a British person what crumpets are. The answer: they are like ‘English muffins’ but sweet. (Sweet?) Not good for international understanding.