Found this in a coffee shop in Chicago's suburbs. It's a 1950 copy of Webster's Dictionary. Missing from it are words like hallucinogenic, lover-boy, and porno, all of which entered the language shortly after. Post-war folks evidently knew how to make up for lost time.
I'm only 28 pages in, but Lynne Murphy's book on the love-hate relationship between American and British English is shaping up to be one of the finest, most in-depth studies into the subject I've ever read. Lynne is an American-born linguistics professor at the University of Sussex. Her years of research into the topic make her perhaps the world's foremost expert on the British-American language divide. Indeed, her blog (more than any other) was an indispensable resource for me while writing for BBC America. In fact, I'm sure I'll come to depend on it for my new show, Distant Words. I hope to write a full review on my blog once I've finished the book, but felt a great desire to tell others about Lynne's work before then. You might see copies of the book in your local bookstore, but - as ever - it can also be purchased online. Search for The Prodigal Tongue by Lynne Murphy. Note: there is both a British and an American version.
I don't remember where I photographed this, but it was most certainly in the Midwest. That's not to say I spend my time seeking out cheeses that are specifically British. Indeed, contrary to popular belief, America - particularly in the state of Wisconsin - produces some fine cheeses. But I do like some Red Leicester.
#throwbackthursday to when I lived in an altogether different city. That's right, the British stronghold of Indianapolis.
Spotted in Beavercreek, Ohio...
I wonder if Chicago ever squabbles with its sister cities.
I'm pretty sure it was the accent that gave me away...
Just found an old sketch I started three years ago but never finished. To be clear, that is a gigantic version of my cat chilling in the Thames. 2015 was a simpler time.
Taken one week before the river was dyed an Irish shade of green. Photo by Laurence Brown.