While I appreciate the argument that as Americans, long ago castrated from our mother-land of Great Britain, we should not give a toss about the Royals (note: Britishism here), it is nearly impossible not to be aware of the fanfare and ceremony of a momentous occasion such as the wedding of a future King. Therefore, this week I will be adopting these rituals as a salute to my homeland (both ancestrally, and from 2007-9*). I suggest you do the same.
Silly British Traditions to Adopt While Leading up to the Royal Wedding
1. Throw a “cheerio ol’ chap” into any of your email or phone correspondence
2. 4pm is now Tea Time, whether you like it or not
4. Do not, under any circumstances, discuss how you are actually feeling. Stiff upper lip, and all that.
5. Cook, and enjoy, Fish and Chips with a luke-warm British Ale
6.Throw around UK slang and swearwords – bloody hell, tosser, and bollocks are my favorites
7. Ask someone “y’alright?” and then act surprised when they respond**
8. When getting on/off the train (or into/out of the car), remind someone to Mind the Gap
9. Pop to the shop (for something)
10. Hold your knife and fork in the opposite hands.
* I actually ADORED my time living in London, especially the Londoners I met. This list is in no way meant to be derogatory to the Brits, as I love their idioms and quirks.
** this was a tough lesson in the UK. When asked “y’alright” you should be aware that this is a rhetorical question, akin to saying hello.