Thursday, September 13, 2012

How To Sound Like An Ass: The Harry Potter Edition

[Note to self: when you write those Moving to England expectations, don't forget to write down "Expect a lot of sorry I'm not sorry moments"]

[Note to you: This is a funny post, I promise... Well, it's not a bitchy post like it may appear at first glace.... I can't promise that I'm that funny... I try...]

I'd like to preface this post by saying I'm not an ignorant American, especially when I'm in England. I swallow the laughter that often occurs after saying to-MAH-toes instead of to-MAY-toes, I ask where the toilet is instead of the bathroom, and I most always say "trousers" instead of "pants" (because trust me, there's a difference).

So it's rare I have those "d'uhhhhhhhhh this girl is American" moments. I try to avoid them at all costs.

In fact, the last time I felt this silly about anything remotely Americanized of me was about 3 years ago when Fiance and I were playing the "let's pronounce things and try to make the other one look like an ass" game. He asked me to pronounce Wycombe, which is a city in England. Well when you grow up in Florida and cities are often named after all things Native American (Tallahassee, Suwanee, Choctawhatchee... you get the point) , that word kind of looks like it should be pronounced why-com-bee.

Apparently it's not.

After what felt like 5 hours of Fiance rolling on the ground laughing at my epic fail, I finally got it out of him that it's pronounced WIC-om.

Oh..... MY BAD.

 So tonight, after over 3 years of being the certified Anglophile girlfriend extraordinaire, I finally sounded like an ass.

I don't know about any of you, but I called the head person at the school the "principal". I mean, that's the norm in American, am I right? And they always emphasized PAL in princiPAL, because he was your PAL! Maybe that was just my school....

Anyways, I was trying to explain a character in a TV show to Fiance that was, how I would say, "the principal" of the school. But instead of saying "the principal", I.... well.... let me just dialogue it...

Me: "The guy was... I don't know what you call it! We'd say he was the principal of school, what would you say? Headmaster maybe?"
Fiance: "Yeah he'd be the headmaster of the school"
Me: "Oh good, I thought they only said that at Hogwarts."
Fiance: [long pause] "Are you being serious?"
Me: "I don't know what you call things! I just thought because Headmaster Dumbledore--"
Fiance: [bursts out laughing for 10 minutes]

Well sorry I'm not sorry I like Harry Potter and never went to a British school!!

It's good to know that no matter what side of the pond I'm on, I can manage to look like an ass.

So how did YOU pronounce "Wycombe" when you first saw it?? I seriously can't be the only one who said it wrong!


  1. Hey, I stumbled across your blog, it's very cute!

    Anyway, I had to comment on this one because I can totally relate. I didn't realize prefects or head boy/girls actually existed, about GSCEs and A-levels (thought O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s were just Hogwarts' unique grading method).... or really anything from the Harry Potter books haha so you're not alone! Same conversations have been had with my boyfriend. They're fun convos though haha

    Good luck on your move, and congrats on your engagement! :)


    1. I had no idea prefects and head boys/girls existed either!! I thought that was for sure made up. But my fiance was deputy head boy or something at one point and I just couldn't help but laugh!!

  2. 'Anyways, I was trying to explain a character in a TV show to Fiance that was, how I would say, "the principal" of the school.'

    Which TV show?

    What about school 'Houses' (like Gryffindor, Slytherin..). We have those too.

    1. I was trying to tell him that the "principal" from Skins (the third cast) is Chris Addison, because I love Mock the Week and I completely forgot he was in Skins!
      And he has told me about houses, that blew my mind too!!


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