Quirky British Things

October 9, 2013 - 8:03am -- jlsloan
The Cazenovia students in Canterbury comment on interesting things about life in the UK they have observed.  Posts come from Jenna Kraeger and Ellie Boone.

We are now finishing our first month being in the UK.  I have to admit that I still learn new things everyday.  The British enjoy drinking socially, nightly is not unusual.  Many people, even teenagers, enjoy multiple cups of tea throughout the day and often ask if you would like one.  They have combined washing machines and dryers, but dryers are not common.  I have noticed men's fashion is a lot of skinny jeans and tight shirts.  Women wear Converse sneakers everywhere, even to clubs or work.  In many ways though, we are just like the British with a few minor differences.

Considering I have only been here for a little less than a month, I am quite surprised by all the random, yet slight cultural differences I have noticed.  One of the main things is some of the awkward word mix-ups.  Unknown to me previously, British people use the word "queuing" which means to wait in line.  I was so confused when someone told me they were in the queue.  Also, they do not say aluminum foil like we do.  They pronounce it "ale-you-min-yum."  Here, they also tend to always say "you alright?" when really they mean "what's up?"  I was texting one of my male friends here and he kept putting "x" after everything so I asked him what it means.  The "x" is simply like a friendly kiss meant to show respect, and the more x's they put they can translate as friends, or even "xxxx" can mean you are more than friends.  I was also slightly thrown off when I was told I was cheeky because I did not know if I had just been complimented or insulted.  According to them, the term "cheeky" means somebody who is playful/charming, so it can be taken as a compliment.  Finally, another quirky term I have heard since I've been here is they call grocery shopping carts "trolleys."  I can't wait until the end of our stay when I will have accumulated a multitude of terms like these and I will be updated with all the British slang.