Today I found out that one of the phrases I remember my mom using regularly… after all her clean mouth mandates…  is a swear phrase after all! I was telling my friends about the kid next door yelling and used the phrase “screaming bloody murder,” which was the best way I could think to describe what I heard.

I should have seen it coming… when I think about what that means literally it isn’t very nice. Apparently it’s really bad here!

I especially should have seen it coming because we’ve been playing a lot of Banana Grams (a game like Scrabble) lately. Sometimes a word I think is a little on the edge but wouldn’t find offensive (ex: turd) gets a much stronger reaction than expected from my British friends.

Well… just another example of how, although we speak the same language, there are so many nuances between British and American English. I think I’m mostly fluent in British English but occasionally slip up like I did today.

Yet another reminder to think before I speak… and always a little more when in another culture!