I’ve been churning through a lot of Top Gear on Netflix lately, catching up on a bunch of episodes I’d missed. One reason I love Top Gear is that cars have an almost universal appeal, and you can get on with someone even if they’re separated by a common language. Englishman host the show, of course, and this reminded me of things English people say that are slightly different than our way of saying things.
For instance, something Gearoid would always do is pronounce YouTube as if it rhymed with chew. YouChewb. Or how Jeremy Clarkson uses all of those things so common in British car descriptions. Petrol. The bonnet. The boot. They call a GPS a SatNav. Oh, you crazy Englishman. That’s why I love you.