Category Archives: Britishism

The Anglophile Edition

Codswallop! Goolies! Knackers! Bonce! Snog! Fizzog!

Just a few examples of strange words currently in use in Great Britain. Strange as in they are not in common use in the United States. It’s the difference in language and culture that Fraser McAlpine illustrates so well in his new book Stuff Brits Like: A Guide to What’s Great About Great Britain. As lead writer for Anglophenia, BBC America’s blog for Anglophiles, McAlpine spends a good deal of time arguing the finer points of Dr. WhoSherlockDownton Abbey and anything with Tom Hiddleston in it. Fraser joins Norman B to explain Stuff Brits Like, his guide to the eccentricities and particular tastes of the British.

Wreckless Eric, a true British eccentric, returns to Life Elsewhere. This the third installment of Norman B’s exclusive interview with the man who penned the iconic Whole Wide World. Eric gives his considered opinion on succumbing to booze, getting old; the bureaucracy of France; the biggest backwater in the world; the Stones; the music business and more. Eric, a well-informed man, is not afraid to voice his opinion on a variety of topics, delivered with a typical British sardonicism.

Life Elsewhere airs Sunday, July 12 at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Monday, July 13 at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Do You Speak English & Is The Pope Catholic?

Our headline is made up of two jokey rhetorical questions. The first, more commonly heard in the USA, is often used as an insult or at best as an inquiry to comprehension. The second, possibly more colloquial in the UK, where sardonically stating the obvious is a part of everyday British life and humor. Those differences in the use of language in Britain and America form the basis of a witty new book, That’s Not English: Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. Author, Erin Moore will join Norman B to talk about how two nations share a common language but often misunderstand what each other are saying. Erin and Norman will also discuss and say, naughty four-letter words. Norman B has no doubt Pope Francis is catholic, despite having used the “Is the Pope…” line almost as many times as he’s had hot dinners. But he will ask Garry Wills if the Pope is relevant. Mr Wills’s new book, The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis could be a plodding dry academic read, instead the author explains a complex subject adroitly. As a counterpoint to the lighter part of the program on Britishisms and Americanisms, Norman B’s interview with Garry Wills will take a serious but revealing tact with questions on Pope Francis’s future dictums on birth control, abortion and Islam.

Make you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we air every Sunday, at 12 noon Eastern Standard Time at The Source on WMNF HD 3. Click on this link and then click on The Source. The show is repeated every Monday, at 5.00pm Pacific Standard Time on NWCZ Radio. The show will also be available at Soundcloud.

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