Category Archives: language

A Primer on the Geo-Political and Religious History of the British Isles

As an avid Anglophile and current resident of England, it irks me to no end when I hear otherwise intelligent, well-read, astute people fumble their way through British political history, religious history, and geography, and the current political and religious climate in the region.

If you have ever wondered what the difference is between Ireland and Scotland, or what the heck Wales is, or what religion is most prevalent in England—or if you have ever talked (or thought) about a “British” accent, then this post is for you!

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British Veg

This post is all about the different words for vegetables in the US and UK. Many of these plants have the same name in both places, but quite a few have different names, for various reasons.

First, I should start by saying that vegetables are not commonly termed ‘veggies’ in the UK, as they so often are in the States. Here, ‘veggie’ usually is short for ‘vegetarian’, as in a person who eats a vegetarian diet. Rather, the plants themselves are affectionately and collectively called ‘veg’. Which, frankly, I like much better. It’s shorter, it makes a better counterpart to ‘fruit’ in the phrase ‘fruit and veg’. I really think we need to make this a thing in the States.

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