Differences in our Common Language

The Irish writer, George Bernard Shaw, once described the UK and the US as “two countries divided by a common language”. I’d disagree with George on this one. I’ve found the differences in our use of language to be a wonderful point of unity and discovery. I’ll always remember my confusion when an American coworker […]

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Snippets for Starbucks: “Really, a ‘b’?”

“Really, a ‘b’?” It’s a common response after pronouncing my name then spelling it out for people who need to write it down, whether that be a telephone operator or your friendly neighbourhood Starbucks barista. Do they suspect I was mistaken or do they really want to know more? Perhaps I should always have some […]

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