I feel like in some ways I am going through culture shock all over again because since we moved here, I have worked for Americans, befriended Americans and mostly surrounded myself with Americans who were in the same situation as I. Working with the British has been quite the experience. Here are some of my favorite quotes from my first few weeks on the job:Andrea: Looks like we got rooked on that one M: rooked? A: It is workplace speak for we got screwed. M: oh, you should have just said that.
A: We’ve got all our ducks in a row. S: ducks? Why would you say ducks? What does ducks have to do with anything? A: It is an expression for got your business together. S: Still, why ducks?
A: we need to find more chairs, I am not popping a squat for two hours. M: popping a squat? A: sitting on the floor. M: really? Well, let’s go pop a squat. (very very British pronunciation) A: don’t say that.
A: answering the phone- Good morning, insert name of association. Person: Why are you American? A: ummmm how can I help you?
I am sure there have been more but those stuck out to me. There is so much going on over here and it has been really weird adjusting- not to working again as much as just not being home all the time. Who will wait on the packages? When will we go to the grocery store? How will we get the laundry done? Why is that alarm going off SO EARLY!?!?! But these past few weeks have been very challenging and some of my favorite weeks of living in London. I am learning so much and even if this is just a temporary thing I am so glad I did it! Also, I am trying to think of more Texas phrases to use to confuse my coworkers so feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments!