Unusual American Expressions
If there’s one thing that’s becoming more prevalent in UK offices, it’s the frequency of which we hear Americanism expressions spoken by British colleagues. Idioms such as “boiling the ocean” and “diving into the weeds” appear to be ever-more commonplace (particularly in corporate environments or marketing circles), so much so that many of us use them without even realising that they have origins across the pond.
But is this such a bad thing? We think not. The UK and USA share a great deal in common, and – as we know – there are many advantages to be gained by embracing the American culture and its market opportunities. So it would seem a shame to close the door on any linguistic additions that make their way across the Atlantic, wouldn’t it?
But, that doesn’t mean we can’t sprinkle a little understated British humour on the matter…
Here’s a guide to some of the more common American expressions that may coming to an office near you. From “getting your aces in their places” and setting up a “diagonal slice meeting”, here’s everything you need to know about these American expressions, where they come from and what they mean.
If you’d like some assistance setting up in the USA or would simply like to chat about the opportunities exploring the US presents, please feel free to contact us. You can also find out answers to frequently asked questions here.