As visitors to a new country, one is bound to find some differences in the language. Although both countries speak English, their variations of the language are quite different. Here are some of the differences that we have encountered thus far:
BRITISH - AMERICAN
pavement - sidewalk
boot - trunk (car)
mobile phone - cell phone
snog - kiss
car park - parking lot
motorway - highway
holiday - vacation
football - soccer
american football - football
quid - buck ($)
quay (pronouced "key")- dock (ship)
shopping center - mall
city center - downtown
cookery - pots and pans
flat - apartment
"loo" or toilet - bathroom
prawn - shrimp
ham - bacon
pork - ham
garden - yard
football boots - spikes
shop - store
washing - laundry
crisps - chips
chips - fries
flatware - silverware
flatmates - roommates
take away (food) - to go (food)
jab - shot (medical, as in "flu shot")
film - movie
cinema - movie theatre
trousers - pants (don't mix this one up!)
pants - underwear
Favorite thing: Winchester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval churches in Europe and my favorite in the UK. The interior is so rich and complex that you can spend many hours exploring it. The Cathedral was the center of religion in England until Canterbury rose to power in the 13th century. The first church on this place was built by Cenwalh, the Saxon king of Wessex in the 7th century. The present cathedral was began in 1079 and it took three hundred years to build it.
This 14th century city cross on the High Street as also known as the Butter Cross. Only its statue of St. John the Evangelist (to the south) dates from 15th century, the remainder was made in the 19C.
From here a narrow passage leads to Great Minster Street passing church of St. Lawrence-in the-Square.
Winchester College was founded in 1382. It is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in England.
You can see paintings, sculpture, stained glass, tapestries and misericords set in set in a beautiful building.
Fondest memory: Mon – Sat 10 – 1, 2- 5. Admission adult £2.50, senior £2
Winchester has evidence of settlements dating back to the Iron Age, during this time Winchester was a tribal centre of the Britons under the name Caer Gwent. On St Catherine's Hill a rampart and ditch made for defence by an Iron Age settlement can still be seen. Since that time, great kings and bishops have left lasting reminders of their presence.
During Saxon times, Winchester was the capital of England - chosen by King Aelfred (Alfred the Great) - and the city remained a Royal residence for centuries afterwards.
Favorite thing: Winchester College ws founded in 1382 and is the oldest continuously running school in England. Its former pupils are known as Old Wykehamists and include as diverse a group as author Anthony Trollope, Antarctic explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard and fascist leader Oswald Mosley.
Do you remember that song?
"Winchester Cathedral, you're bringing me down.
You stood and you watched, as my baby left town.
You could have done something, but you didn't try.
You didn't do nothing, you let her walk by."
What the connection is between the lyrics of this insipid song, and the stately and magnificent Cathedral I couldn't tell you!
Fondest memory: When I was there, the Cathedral front was undergoing restoration, alas.
Winchester is a Great place, I ended up staying here for two years when i was working in Hursley (a small village just outside Winchester) I Live in New Zealand and found this to be the "Quintessential English town" Its character was fantastic. The atmosphere relaxed and the people generally very friendly. I would definitely go to the Cathedral and have a walk around the grounds
Fondest memory: My Favourite memory of Winchester had to be walking down the main street and stopping off for dinner at Pizza express before heading home again at sunset in the summer.
Fondest memory: Winchester is a great place to explore on foot as there are many quiet, beautiful streets containing plenty of well known buildings and a few hidden treasures.
Favorite thing: Winchester's best viewpoint is from St. Giles Hill. The view is somewhat obscured by trees and brush but you still get a great view of the town.
Favorite thing: King Alfred was the first King of a united England in 871 AD and Winchester was his capital. His image is preserved in the city centre by a imposing statue complete with sword and shield.