Have a good weekend. 😉
I thought it would be fun to do a cheat sheet that takes British terms/slang and converts to its American counterpart. I think I got a little carried away because the list turned out to be huge. And not too pretty. Anyway, for lovers of trivia, and maybe even a few Brit writers here you go. Annie
|FOOD / FOOD RELATED|
|Jacket potato||baked potato|
|Pudding||dessert (pudding is one of many desserts in America, maybe you call it custard?)|
|Takeaway||take-out or carry-out (or by its name “Chinese” “Italian” “Thai”)|
|Cooker||stove, cooktop, range|
|Eating Irons||Cutlery, flatware, silverware, silver, table ware|
|Lounge||Living room, great room|
|Garden||Yard (although we often have gardens in our yards)|
|Pub||bar, watering hole (if it’s bad it might be called a dive)|
|High street||main street|
|Loo||bathroom / restroom / washroom/ head/john|
|Car park||parking lot, parking structure|
|Motorway||highway / freeway / expressway / interstate|
|Snail Home||Motor home, trailer, RV, camper|
|Cinema||(at the) or (go to the) movies|
|Phone box||phone booth (although these are pretty rare in the U.S. these days)|
|CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES|
|Dummy||pacifier / binkie|
|Bum bag||fanny pack|
|Pants||men’s underwear/briefs /boxers / shorts|
|Knickers||ladie’s underwear/panties/briefs/ thong|
|VEHICLES / VEHICLE RELATED|
|Road surface||pavement /blacktop/ road|
|Flyover||overpass / freeway bridge|
|Number plate||license plate / tags|
|Artic||semi truck, 18-wheeler, big rig|
|FURNITURE / FURNITURE RELATED|
|Telly||TV / television / boob tube|
|Settee||couch or sofa|
|Hoover||vacuum cleaner / vac|
|Bin||trash can / garbage can|
|Justices of the Supreme Court||Judge (only Justices of the Supreme Court are called Justices)|
|My Lord||Your Honor|
|Mum||mom, mommy, mama, ma|
|Dustman||garbage collector / garbage man|
|Barrister||attorney / lawyer|
|Copper||cop / police / law enforcement|
|Postman||mail carrier / mailman / mail person|
|Mate||friend, buddy, girlfriend, boyfriend, bud, pal, gal pal|
|PHRASES / OCCASIONS|
|Brilliant||great, cool, awesome, wonderful|
|Cheeky||smartass, wiseguy / smarting off|
|Mad||crazy / nuts / insane|
|Kip||Sleep, snooze, nap|
|Nick||steal, lift, swipe|
|Arse/bum||ass, butt, behind|
|Taking the biscuit||takes the cake|
|Uni/University||College, Grad School|
|Wanker||jerk, asshole, son of a bitch|
|Yonks||ages, long time, month of Sundays|
|Pear-shaped||disaster, a wreck, trainwreck, fubar (fucked up beyond all recognition)|
|Pissed||drunk, hammered, wasted|
|Wag off||To waste time, dick around, fuck off, screw off|
|Brassed off||pissed off, angry, mad|
|Cock up||screw up, mess up, make a mistake|
|Dodgy||suspicious, questionable, not to be trusted|
|Knackered||tired, beat, worn out, done in, exhausted|
|Posh||high class, pricey, expensive, classy|
|Fortnight||two weeks, couple of weeks|
|Skint||broke, tapped, penniless, flat broke|
|Postal code||zip code|
|Fag||smoke / ciggie / cigarette|
|Protectives||condoms / rubbers|
Feel free to add to the list…
If you were shocked by the ending of last night’s 2nd episode of Major Crimes, then you had plenty of company – I included. I was so clueless I didn’t even know that this was to be the successful police procedural’s final season.
Call me crazy but I didn’t see it coming, until last night’s episode. I assumed (wrongly) that Sharon’s health condition was merely a complication that she would either beat in the end or force her into retirement. Color me surprised and very sad and a little bit mad.
In this article from Variety actress Mary McDonnell shares insights into the decision to kill her character in the show, as well as the shock of realizing the show would not be optioned for a 7th season. I found her to be very gracious about having her character killed off and perhaps a little too understanding.
My hat is off to the producers/writers for taking what was essentially a very unlikable character (Raydor) and turning her into not just relatable and likable but a real hero. A character who didn’t have to pretend to be a man, or tote a gun, or wear hip boots to prove how tough and resourceful she was. McDonnell portrayed her character as a real woman working in a largely male world, and who though tough as nails when needed, never lost touch with her softer intuitive side. And in fact, used that to get to the truth of the matter countless times. Somebody needs to give this woman an Emmy or some other award because I can’t imagine anyone having it done it better. And though I was a huge fan of The Closer and Kyra Sedgewick, McDonnell stole my heart where female heroes are concerned.
Even now when I think of those final scenes in last night’s episode I feel sad and the urge to cry. Not just for the character but for the show itself. TNT, what is the matter with you? You end a highly rated show, yet keep on mindless crap that nobody wants to watch? (I digress, this is fodder for another post though.)
But now here’s the gripe I have – I understand that the writer wanted to end the show on his own terms – and kudos to him for doing that. However, by and large viewers don’t want you to kill off their heroes. They just don’t. You can mortally injure them, you can give them terrible challenges and losses, you can even expose their dark underbellies but KILLING them is really not what we want. We haven’t tuned in for multiple seasons to have the final season killing someone who has become a near and dear friend to us. It doesn’t give us closure that she took care of business before she died. It doesn’t make us feel satisfied that she ended her life on her own terms. It just makes us sad. And frankly, it seemed a little selfish that in order for you to end the show on your own terms that you felt you had to go for the worst possible character to kill off. Yes, I’m sure the shock value was hefty and there are probably hundreds of articles/posts about this because of it. But it doesn’t endear you to the fans. Based on what I saw last night, there are many who are so upset that they aren’t going to watch the remaining four episodes of what can only be described as a topnotch show.
In a perfect world, we’ll learn next week that the whole death scene was merely a bad dream that Rusty had and Sharon will be there waking him and assuring him she is not going anywhere. And then they will spend the last four episodes finding Stroh and kicking his evil ass. Sadly, even I know that won’t happen.
So I’ll just say this. Thank you Mary McDonnell, for creating a living breathing normal woman as our hero. Thank you for showing us that there is strength in a soft voice and dedicated determination. Thank you for showing young women that you can be a woman and be a hero without having to look, talk, or act like a man. Thank you for showing us that in the end, that character is what makes a hero, not gender, car chases, or action scenes.
I don’t know about you, but I love, love, love the holidays. Even though I’m in Sunny California, I still dream of the white Christmases of my childhood. I remember as a little girl, I would sit at the window wrapped in my blanket, determined to stay awake until Santa arrived. Because of course, i wanted to see him with my own eyes. More often than not, I woke up Christmas morning with my face stuck to an ice cold window and a stiff neck. That darn Santa never did let me catch sight of him.
Another thing I love about the holidays is giving gifts. It’s so fun to see people’s faces light up in anticipation of what is in the brightly wrapped and ribboned package, isn’t it?
As my gift to you I wanted to give you a holiday story called, Sally & Gem.
The story comes in PDF, Mobi, and ePub file formats. If you do not have a Kindle or eReader you can download kindle for pc, tablet, or phone here.
And an ePub can be read with Digital Editions as well as an eReader.
And a PDF can be read on your phone, pc, laptop, or tablet.
Please feel free to share this post and/or the download links to the story with friends or family. I love spreading holiday cheer.
Big love and Happy Happy Holidays.
For anyone who’s lost a parent or a loved one, Never Forget is an emotional roller coaster that will grab you by your heart and hit home. As a father of three, Chapman struggles to recall his forgotten childhood memories with his father that he locked away so long ago, while at the same time, creating memories with his own sons.
Never Forget is a true story with a twist. Stay to the end to find out the twist. A box of tissue is recommended.
Stepping Outside the Horror & YA Box to Write About Family
My is Ron Chapman and I’m an Amazon bestseller of horror and YA. A while ago, I decided to step outside of the box and write about a different subject matter than I usually write about—a subject that’s been bothering me since I was a kid. It’s also a subject that is dear to my heart.
Some people fear heights, spiders, snakes or even intimacy. Me though, I fear being forgotten by my kids and to me, that is the worse kind of fear anyone could experience.
My fear of being forgotten didn’t happen overnight. This fear of being forgotten happened in two stages of my life.
The first stage was when my father died. I think I was 15 or 16 at the time. It was hard for me to handle and understand. I always looked up to my father. He was my hero and then when he was taken from me, it was as if someone had ripped my heart out. My hero, my protector was gone. The passing of my father hit me so hard that I took all the memories we had as a father and son and shut them away hoping that maybe it would make the loss of my father a little easier.
I was wrong.
Not a day has gone by since I was a kid that I don’t think about my father. The memories of my father and me are still locked away and lost. I remember fragments of a father and son but that’s it.
The second stage was when I became a father. I don’t want my sons to ever forget the memories of their father like I did mine. Over the years, I’ve tried to build lasting memories so that my sons will be able to look back on life when they have their own kids and say, “I remember when my dad did this with me.” Or “I remember doing this with my dad.”
There will come a time in my kid’s lives when I will no longer be there for them and all they will have will be their memories of the times we had as father and son. I want my kids to remember the times with their father as if it were just minutes ago.
My kids are my life. They are what makes my heart beat. It pains me to think that one day my kids will be out on their own with their own family. Oh sure, I’ll have my loving wife by my side, but it just won’t be the same.
Never Forget is a story I felt had to be written and shared with everyone. If there’s a lesson to be learned from the story, it’s that life can be short in so many ways. People come and people go, especially the ones you love—so build those lasting memories and hold on to them. Never forget them.
BIO: Ron Chapman is a man of many hats, depending on the day. Some days he’s a construction worker, a pirate, or a swimming coach. He’s even tried his hand at being a doll and toy maker. He can even be found walking with the dead.Being a part time god isn’t bad either, creating worlds one moment then turning around and destroying, the next.
He also has a license to kill and will not hesitate to do so. You see… he’s a writer that loves to write horror stories and not just any run of the mill horror stories. He walks a thin line with his stories between being dark and twisted madness. He will take your nightmares and turn them into fantasies and dreams. There is no happily ever after in his stories but there are however, happy endings. Not the ones you would expect though. Beware, if you get on his wrong side he may just write you into a story and deal with you that way.
If you want to know more about this wild man, follow him on Twitter @RonMtDew and/or Instagram @Ronchapman69.
Have you ever come across Chuck? I highly recommend you check him out – in a word, he is brilliant. You can find more information about him and other brilliant writers here.
This is a serious situation that should concern not only authors but readers who get their reads from Amazon. We are all being scammed.
On Friday, a book jumped to the #1 spot on Amazon, out of nowhere; it quickly became obvious that the author had used a clickfarm to gatecrash the charts.
The Kindle Store is officially broken.
This is not the first time this has happened and Amazon’s continued inaction is increasingly baffling. Last Sunday, a clickfarmed title also hit #1 in the Kindle Store. And Amazon took no action.
Over the last six weeks, one particularly brazen author has put four separate titles in the Top 10, and Amazon did nothing whatsoever. There are many such examples.
I wrote at the start of June about how scammers were taking over Amazon’s free charts. That post led to a phone conversation with KDP’s Executive Customer Relations.
Repeated assurances were given that the entire leadership team at Amazon was taking the scammer problem very seriously indeed. But it was also stressed that the…
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