‘I just love your accent!’:
The Phoenix’s Chris ‘Tom-ah-to’ Wright
has a funny column about going on holiday to his native England, where they’re not quite as, well, sophisticated as starry-eyed Americans think. Chris on a fellow Brit passenger on a train: “Looking at this individual, I found myself wanting to grab the entire US population by the scruff of the neck, drag them onto this train, and say, ‘See
!’ The guy was perfect, a prototypical example of Britannus vulgaris
. A neck like a torso and a face the color of raw liver. His beer belly strained against the material of an England soccer shirt.” ... His description of an English breakfast is too horrid for this family friendly weblog to post. ... Definitely not another Under the Tuscan Sun fantasy column for the haute bourgeois, thank goodness. ...
FYI: Hub Blog has launched a one-man war against the American artistic types, aspiring to world snobbery and dominance, who pronounce "schedule" by saying "shed-oo-el," not "sked-oo-el." I’ve been hearing the BBC pronunciation too often lately. I even heard it in -- gasp! -- the Herald newsroom, by a young intern, on the feature desk, of course. ... Hub Blog is also coming oh-so-close close to declaring war on stainless-steel refrigirators and aircraft-carrier sized kitchen "islands." But two-front wars are never a good idea, so I'll leave that battle for later.