I have a good friend who lives in the UK. He just helped me realize why I should not ever spend an extended period of time there, despite my hidden love for the country.

What you and I with near certainty both refer to as “lunch” — that is, the noon-ish meal — people in some areas of the UK call “dinner”.

Luckily, the majority of Britons consider the late afternoon meal “dinner”. Then again, there are also those who call this meal “tea”, even though no actual tea is involved.

To make the confusion even more prevalent, when asking someone if they would actually like some tea, you do not ask if they want “tea”. Rather, you ask if they would like some “brew”.

Geez, people! Not even you Britons speak proper English!

Any specific language oddities you have encountered?


“The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950)

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