They use funny words like 'dodgy' and 'pram.'
They also eat 'spotted dick' like it's going out of style. (I learned today spotted richard also comes in a can. Yumsters for the tumsters.)
But the truly odd thing I learned about Brits today is that they measure their feet using 'barleycorns' instead of sizes 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14. (I'm sure some bball players have the big 14).
One barleycorn computes to about 1/3 of an inch.
And i think that must be those weird numbers you see on the bottoms of your shoes every once in a while. I think mine is 38 barleycorns.
Of course if I wanted to confirm I could always go to a shoe pace and do it with a metal foot thingy...
|I learned today this contraption that we all know and love is actually called a 'brannock device' and not a metal foot thingy|
This hunk of metal with white jibberish is actually not jibberish at all - it measures american foot sizes....as well as british barleycorns!
Next time I do a little footwear spree I will be sure to double check my 38 barleycorns!
(and oh! I forgot to mention that this lovely little fact came from Kale, who learned it on the British tv show QI.)