Saturday, April 02, 2011

B = Bad Attitude and Britishisms.

I'm sure everyone in the publishing world has read the story of the self-published author who shot herself in the foot and might as well say, bye-bye publishing career. I'm not going to give the link here, suffice to say her book was reviewed and received 2 stars. The author then went bananas on the reviewer's thread with some very ripe - and badly written - comments. She referred to her Amazon page where she has two or three 5 star reviews (hmmm...all with her surname, thank you mummy, auntie and greatgrandmum), and she told the reviewer to go have carnal knowledge. Oh - and she said he was American and therefore didn't understand her British English. Whoops!

The whole sorry tale went viral within a day. 

It's an author's dream to go viral on the internet, but not like that. An author worth his/her salt knows this isn't how to go about responding to reviews. 

But the villain-of-the-piece's final remarks got me thinking about Britishisms and Americanisms. Do we have trouble understanding each other? I have no problem at all, but then I'm an Americanophile.

So just to finish off, citizens of the USA do you understand: barrister, solicitor as opposed to lawyer,  
bonnet not referrring to head apparel,  
boot not referring to footwear,  
caretaker nothing to do with taking care of someone,  
constable not the artist, 
drawing pin, 
mean (doesn't mean angry), 
car crash.

Americans, feel free to test us Brits out. I'm still not sure what a spigot is.



  1. I don't have any trouble, but think it's because I've grown up reading classic Brit-lit, and have stayed glued to the BBCA for shows like Doctor Who, Catherine Tate, Coupling, Ab-Fab, etc. But, I could see how people have issues.

    Even in the States, people in the north have trouble with some of us in the south because we say words like "yonder(distance), commence(about to do), holler (hill)" etc, and just words that they do not use. And some of the regular words like "creek", we pronounce soooo differently.

    Nice post!

  2. Yonder is an old English word but I'd never heard of holler for hill. I remember my mother saying, "You little varmit"! I remember thinking about her when I first met you :)

  3. love the britishism. I'm not American, but I think a spigot is spout (faucet)

  4. Love the pic you used!
    Just stopped by from the A-Z Challenge!!

  5. Spigot is spout. Ahhh. Thanks Baygirl

    I loved that picture too, Giggle, Laugh, Cry. Thanks for dropping by - I come visit you!

  6. Do not know if good or bad attitude but is a magnificent portrait.

  7. What an awful life if you went through it with a bad attitude. Good topic.

  8. Definitely, Connie. I feel quite sorry for that author - she had a heck of a day.

  9. Isn't a spigot just a tap for us Brits? I'm sure there are many more words that cause problems. Great post.

  10. Anonymous9:20 am

    I saw the link on Twitter, followed to the links, and swallowed my tea and choked. She is unbelievable. I hope it was only something she was going through in her personal life that made her do it, and hope she recovers her poise soon.

    Wanted to stop by and thanks you for your comment on my blog, and wish you all the best for A-Z!

  11. Wow. I actually hadn't heard. But then, I'm sadly out of the loop with these kinds of things.

    Way to offend an entire nation of people along with your reviewers!

  12. Oh man was it viral. My twitter stream was flooded with links to it that day.

    She handled herself with the least grace possible. Though I thought the reviewer handled himself very professionally. It wasn't a lost in translation thing, because even her comments were a hot mess.

    Anyway, moving on to happier topics, I love Brittish-isms. I find them charming. :)

    Fellow A to Z-er here. *waves*

    Have a delightful week,

  13. Oh, I rounded you out with a nice 3 digit following. :) 100 is a lovely number, yes?

  14. Hi Juliet, Damy, Angela, and Lola. Thank you so much for your comments. I've been back and visited (and followed) each of your blogs. I too was amazed by that writer's attitude. I also hope she recovers her poise Damy, but she'll never get her reputation back (unless she changes her name).
    Lola - yes you are my 100th follower. Check the comments on your blog - you have a prize!

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