American = English (NOT)
The first time I realized I was NOT English (and therefore not acceptable under the flag of the Empire) was a day early in our friendship when I completely spaced on how to spell cookies. I was in the middle of an English lesson, and it just seemed natural to call my friend and ask her (I didn't have a computer on my lap at the time), "How do you spell cookies? Is it c-o-o-k-i-e-s, or c-o-o-k-i-e-s?"
The answer I got back was, " B-I-S-C-U-I-T-S!"
Then next faux pas came when I was invited for "tea." Weird, though not unheard of (of course, being 'Merican, I would drink coffee when I got there), I prepared myself to go to my friend's house for tea (and maybe a biscuit). When I got there, the whole DINNER (yes, friends, it's called "dinner" or "supper," not TEA!!) was waiting for me. Good thing I was hungry!
Since then, if I spend the night, my friend makes a special effort to deck my bed with linens decorated with the flag of Great Britain. My towel has a Confederate Flag on it - as does the coffee mug (yes, she finally gave me coffee and not tea with milk)!
If there's so much difference between a good ole girl from the US and a Londoner, imagine how difficult it is for both of us in the MIDDLE EAST!!
I have to reply to this outrageously written pro-U.S.A. propaganda!
As far as I was concerned cookies are something on my computer. Alice thinks she can have her biscuits with gravy. She can't. They are made with sugar.
She was coming straight from work around 5pm which is tea time and you certainly do NOT drink coffee at tea time (maybe a quick G and T with ice and slice or chilled white wine but NOT and I repeat NOT coffee in any form -- unless you are desperate).
I have been invited to Alice's pad for dinner or supper or whatever she calls it. She told me to follow the route along the sidewalk. How odd, I thought, along her street you have to walk sideways???
It is true. I do put the British flag duvet set on her bed for educational purposes only but the towel is the English flag not the confederate one! I am still in shock she got it wrong.
The next thing is getting her to put things in the boot. A trunk is a large sturdy box mostly used in removals.
Despite our cultural differences we have become good friends. She eats biscuits and I watch movies (films really). Very small discrepancies in the light of what we have to deal with here .... together.