"In The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States, author Toni Summers Hargis has written a straightforward research and personal experience-based guide, which definitely backs up her confident and trusting 'been there, done that' tone."
Shortly after my mother arrived for her first visit to the U.S., she turned to my shiny new American husband and asked, “If I’m not down by 9 a.m., would you mind knocking me up, please?” Fortunately my husband had lived in London for three years and knew that she was asking him to knock on her bedroom door to wake her up, so he was able to keep a straight face. She, on the other hand, has never lived down the eye-watering embarrassment of not knowing that in the U.S., to “knock someone up” can also mean to get them pregnant.
I'm quite often told by American friends that everything I say sounds intelligent. (It's true.) Not that everything I say is a pearl of wisdom, you understand, but they think my British (or "Briddish") accent lends my words a certain gravitas.
Or, as Stephen Fry once said -"I shouldn't be saying this - high treason, really - but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there."
A British accent in the USA increases your perceived IQ about one hundredfold. And here is the absolute proof.
Masterpiece’s new period drama Home Fires was inspired by the book Jambusters and is about Britain’s Women’s Institute and the work its members did during the Second World War. The book’s title was based on a pun of the name “Dambusters,” the British squadron that beat the Germans in 1943.
Now, however, the book has been repackaged and the television series named Home Fires. Author Julie Summers told me via e-mail that when ITV bought the option for her book Jambusters, they polled random members of the public and asked what the title conjured up. “Most people thought it would be the title to a cop show or something about traffic jams, though once they were told it was about the Women’s Institute in the Second World War, they thought it was very clever.”