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


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

  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!!!

  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

  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."

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

  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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