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Intro and fanfare

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So, I finally decided to make and post a blog. For the ones that know me, this is kind of new and a long thing coming. For newbies, hello and welcome and thanks for checking out my blog! And I promise I’m not always so cheesy in welcomings. Though, to be fair, I’m probably cheesy overall.

I’ve decided to make the first official blog post an introduction as well as a disclaimer of sorts. Let’s chat about what the blog is going to be about: the idea started roughly two months ago when a co-worker/friend and I were discussing various words in the English language. And somehow I started sprouting out variations on words. No, not like saying casa for house. I’m talking about British English terminology. (As I struggle for an accurate example without giving up a word early. Hmmm….!) Like “loo” in England generally means “bathroom” to us Americans. Thus started my brilliant idea…. Now, fifty-odd days later, I’ve got a list that grows ever-longer and enough examples under my belt I feel more than comfortable sharing with more than a single friend.

Well, sorta. 😅😘

The format is straightforward. Because I thought it clever enough to send the words to my friend like the dictionary’s Word of the Day, the format is similar. Plus, when one defines a word there’s honestly no room for creativity. Alas, I make the disclaimer that the definitions used for the words are three-way combination of my own, OED’s, and Apple’s definitions. The examples, however, are my own. The first few days are rather dull in comparison as time goes on. My friend refers to my sentences as “mini-stories.” ☺️ The majority of the words you will see actually are British. Occasionally, there will be phrases and terms that hail from Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand. However, stranger yet, we will uncover what I refer to as “Old English” terminology (think Jane Austen and William Shakespeare); these are words that are not necessarily considered chiefly British but valuable and important words all the same.

I suppose I need also claim that I am, unfortunately, not British. I simply read a lot. And investigate new words like the proud little word nerd that I am. If you are British, however, and feel I am doing your words injustice, please feel free to point it out to me. (Politely, yes?) Also, if you do happen to be British and would like to be my consultant, let’s chat!

A final disclaimer: I am human, too, unfortunately, and will (undoubtedly) be prone to the occasional typo and grammatical errors. Yeah, I know: how boring and awful for the English graduate to miss something so plebeian! It’ll happen. Please be kind and point them out. Since I have several Brit Wits established, I ought to have such plebeian issues like grammar and typos taken care of. Still, on the off chance something does happen, let’s blame autocorrect, yeah?

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43 thoughts on “Intro and fanfare

  1. Blog looks great, and I can’t wait to share it with others! I know several more word nerds who will apprecate it. 🙂 I’m so excited that you have it up and running!

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  2. Well, I did scroll right back to the beginning to see what all words you’ve gone on about. (“Go on about” being a British expression.) Having just read a police procedural, I could add a few that were new to me, like “plonker” and “in the club.” And when I had an English penpal she wrote about her “fitted kitchen” and “warming closet.” Not to mention she lived in a “close.”

    Congratulations! You’ve written a lot of posts already. Maybe an Archives would be helpful?

    Do you mind revealing whether you are male or female and what region of the US you live in. Your friends will know this but new readers will likely want to find out a bit more about you before they sign on. We’ve all been taught to beware of strangers, you know. 😉

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    1. Thanks! I enjoy finding fellow word nerds! 😃 My favorite word, hmm? Well…I have perhaps too many to count (sorta like favourite books); but for I really like the word persnickety. It’s not a British English word; I like the way it’s pronounced. Do you have a favourite or multiple? I’d love to hear!

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      1. Haha I do like the sound of that!
        My fave is quite “mundane”, it’s “moment”. No particular reason, I guess I like the connotation of that word… 🙂

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  3. I suppose a love of words is why we’re all doing this blogging thing, although successfully shepherding a large amount of them so that they mean what you wanted them to is still a skill to be proud of. Enjoying you blog, I am British so I shall check in regularly to see how your translations are going. 😉

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  4. Your intro is great. As I’m neither British nor American and dare to write in English on my blog how couldn’t I find extraordinary your intention to share your brit wit? As it so often happens, I bet you’ll know more than many locals do. I loved that your fave word is also mine, persnickety.

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    1. Oh, gosh. Thank you!! Language has always been a strong passion of mine, in all of its varieties and capacities. I tell myself every single day I would love to become fluent in as many languages as possible. I’m so happy to hear you’ve connected with the theme of my blog. 🙂 persnickety is the best word and I’m glad you love it, too!

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      1. Normally when I say that I love words, people look at me in disarray! That’s why I was so happy to hear of your self-confessed love. I only speak 4 languages and understand the basics of a 3 others, but I wish I could speak more.
        Your blog is absolutely interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading more.
        Persnickety is fabulous!

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      2. That’s my way of learning but I admit that it is a slower process. My husband doesn’t care about grammar and has a good ear, so he can speak with a perfect accent and people think he’s already fluent. So funny.
        I’ll be overthinking and opening my mouth only when the sentences are grammatically ok.

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      3. That is funny and actually makes me a little jealous! I love playing with accents, but usually can’t hold it well because I’m not that fluent.
        Even if it is slower, you probably have a better memory for the words and grammar, right? I say you’re doing fine! 🙂

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  5. Helloooo lovely!

    I’m not sure if it’s okay to post this here, but please just delete/edit my comment if you don’t want this message on your blog!

    I am part of a facebook group for Lovely North American bloggers. Would you like to join us? It’s basically just a place to ask questions/ support each other and share each others posts. it is a really teeny group, but i just thought you’d fit in really well.

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    1. From one fellow writer to another, I thank you, Rachel! Only…I get the images free online from this AWESOME source called Pixabay! You should check it out! Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment, I genuinely appreciate it! ~Kelsey

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