American claptrap, Expat Guide

British tourist’s guide to not making an ass of yourself in America

Welcome to America, British person.  I know you think you’ve got it all figured out. Americans drive on the right, and most people walk around fully armed with semi-automatic rifles, right? They say “dude” and “awesome” and drink “root beer” (which isn’t really even beer). Everybody shops at Walmart and most of them are on mobility scooters due… Read More British tourist’s guide to not making an ass of yourself in America

American claptrap, Random trans-Atlantic claptrap

US cops will shoot you in the back. But oh, the ice cream…

A recent study showed that more Americans were killed by police in one recent month in March, than were killed by police in the UK over the course of the entire 20th century. If you live in America, you’re about 10,000 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than someone living in Britain.  Must be a terrible… Read More US cops will shoot you in the back. But oh, the ice cream…

American claptrap, British claptrap, Expat Guide

Are you a Nimrod or a Clever Dick? US versus UK slang ‘names’

The other day at work, I called a group of my colleagues “Nimrods.” They stared at me blankly. One of them eventually replied, “Er…. thank you?” Generally, British people know all about American slang- they hear it in movies, TV shows, pop music, etc… and there are literally scores of websites devoted to cataloguing the… Read More Are you a Nimrod or a Clever Dick? US versus UK slang ‘names’

American claptrap, Expat Guide

American politics: more awesomer than British politics

Every Wednesday while Parliament is in session, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is subjected to a merciless grilling by opposition minsters. Known as “Prime Minister’s Question Time,” this verbal jousting session reveals a significant difference between American and British politicians: In the UK, you learn how to… Read More American politics: more awesomer than British politics

American claptrap, Expat Guide

Say goodbye to your little friends: Things you give up

When you move to Britain from the USA, you’ll have to get used to some changes, but for the most part, everyday life isn’t wildly different. There are still movie theaters, cell phones and elevators, even if there are different names for those things. The quality of life is more or less the same in… Read More Say goodbye to your little friends: Things you give up

American claptrap, Expat Guide, Thanksgiving

A guide to Thanksgiving for British people

UPDATE: This is one of Expat Claptrap’s most popular posts, yet despite all the information contained here, British people still don’t seem to “get” this holiday, as you can see by reading about a recent Asda Thanksgiving promotion that is more than a little bit clueless.   You are British. You know Thanksgiving is an American holiday,… Read More A guide to Thanksgiving for British people