Note to reader. I don’t know how to put footnotes in so I used * and ** and ***. Footnotes at end of post.
While studying for my driving theory test, I noticed that there’s lots of material about the darn roundabouts.* This is a very roundabout-oriented country.
Then I started to notice that in general Brits like round things. They love that London Eye thing. Lots of buildings in London are round.
And they go crazy over doughnuts.**
The busses have rounded edges, so do the taxis.
And because they drink a lot of beer, a number of British people have round bellies.
And of course they prefer the “s” to the “z”, i.e. organise not organize. Why? Because the “s” is rounder. They don’t like sharp corners. A “z” has not one, but TWO sharp corners.
Speaking of corners, even the streets tend to round. In London, that last bit of Regent Street heading into Piccadilly Circus is called The Quadrant because it’s like the quadrant of a circle, i.e. rounded. And there are so many streets that are “crescents”, i.e. in the shape of a crescent. I.e. round! Even the River Thames is curvy for crying out loud. These people like round stuff, folks, I’m telling ya.
And of course, there’s Spotted Dick Pudding.*** Not Striped or Paisley Dick Pudding. And I’ll tell you why: because SPOTS ARE ROUND.
They’ll go “roundabout” in their speaking, as well, if it’s necessary to criticise or even just make a request. They’ll get lots of extra words in there to soften the blow. They wouldn’t simply say “Move over” or even “Could you move over” but “Would you mind terribly just moving over .. just a bit? If that’s alright…?”
Even the floor of a building: they say it’s on the fifth storey of a building, rather than fifth story. They throw that “e” in there to delay getting to the “y”. (Ok, so maybe that’s going too far.)
So, why is there still a monarch in this modern country? Because it’s the Crown and a crown is ROUND.
HOWEVER, my sister came to visit and she found quite the exception in the hotel’s WC:
*Getting your license here is a big deal. Lots of conversations about it, people spend lots of money of driving lesson. Growing up in the states, everyone I knew was taught by their dad. We’d argue a lot but I learned to drive. Maybe American’s have a higher tolerance for arguments.
**But I think it’s weird that they don’t put a hole in the middle of their doughnut. I mean, isn’t the hole what makes it a doughnut?
***Yes, that really is the name of a dessert here.