Two Nations Divided by a Common Language - Mirandus Tours

Two Nations Divided by a Common Language

‘Two nations divided by a common language’ is part of a quote by George Bernard Shaw the only person to win a Nobel Prize in Literature and an Oscar. Having lived in the States for five years ourselves some of the differences in the way language is used would often make us chuckle. It seemed like a good idea for a blog post. During some preliminary online research though we came across EFFINGPOT.

Reading EFFINGPOT transformed our mere chuckles into hearty guffaws until finally we ended up ‘rolling around in stitches’, not literally you understand. Sometimes you just have to admit that someone has already written something better than you’ll ever manage.

So in case you haven’t come across it before, the magic of Dr. Effingpot.

We especially like the story of how the name Effingpot actually came about. Sadly, the physical book seems to be out of print.

On a similar vein, we came across this Infographic from the always entertaining website; The Meta Picture

In the words of our friends from when we lived in Texas; “Enjoy y’all”


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Nigel Rundstrom

Having lived in Jeddah, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dallas and New York City, Nigel had ‘an awakening’ to return to his native London. Now Co-Founder of Mirandus Tours, he writes about London and British life from a visitor’s perspective. No fixed format or length, just things that hopefully visitors to London will find interesting. The aim, in the words of the late, great Elmore Leonard, is just to “try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”

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