Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vacation vs Holiday

Has it really been more than a month since my last post?

Can it already be fall and summer is but a memory?

Summer is gone, but at least I have fond memories of summer vacations. Yes, plural--lucky me.

I spent a week on Cape Cod, then later left for a week in Provence. Staying at a simple hotel near Beaumes de Venise, I met a delightful English couple who themselves were on holiday.

Vacation vs holiday: yet another difference that divides Yanks from Brits. I went to graduate school in London and had to live with those language differences. Depending on the circumstance, it was challenging, annoying, or just different and fun.

When I returned to the States, though, my British language lapses and tics were merely annoying to my friends and family. Did I really have to go to the loo, friends would ask, their eyes rolling. I quickly took their disdain to heart and shaped up to State-side English.

That's all to say that I'm back, and I hope to blog more regularly now. Sorry for the lapse, but I am happy to report that my holidays were bloody smashing jolly!

(Thanks to @rottrover for asking!)

"Don't Bother Me I,m On Vacation!" T-shirt available at Zazzle.com

6 comments:

  1. YAY! I missed you. Glad you had a wonderful "holiday."
    Toodle Pip!

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  2. I once worked for an English editor and fell in love with their quirks. Lorry, boot, bonnet, dodgy patches... all make me smile!

    You were missed!!!

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  3. Here's one for you, O Mighty Language Lord:

    Is it "getting in to college" or "getting into college"?

    I await your response.

    Signed, Your Not-So-Secret Admirer

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  4. Hi Anon, I'd go with "getting in to college," since the verbal phrase is usually to "get in," as in "Get in the car."

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  5. Careful with those ticks (tics?) - bloody smashing jolly makes no sense!

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  6. Ticks be gone! Thanks for the great catch. I corrected it in the text. As for bloody smashing jolly, I was being ironic!

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