A Short Guide to Great Britain… (3)

But first…
Dulltown, Europe: Today’s random dictionary words are: futhork, fustet, fusarole, furibund, futtock, and wayzgoose.
Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Extra marks will awarded to students displaying clean handkerchiefs.

Perhaps we should have another peep into that interesting little junk shop book A Short Guide to Great Britain (1942) which was handed out to all the US service people who came over to Britain in World War Two as an introduction to this country and its culture.

DSCN3749Here’s a short extract which has a nice little drawing to go with it.

Don’t be a show off:
The British dislike bragging and showing off. American wages and American soldier’s pay are the highest in the world. When pay-day comes, it would be sound practice to learn to spend your money according to British standards. They consider you highly paid. They won’t think any better of you for throwing money around; they are more likely to feel that you haven’t learned the common sense virtues of thrift.

DSCN3751The British ‘Tommy’ is apt to be specially touchy about the difference in his wages and yours. Use common sense and don’t rub him up the wrong way.
You’ll find many things in Britain physically different from similar things in America. But there are also important similarities – our common speech, our common law, and our ideals of religious freedom were all brought from Britain when the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Our ideas about political liberties are also British and parts of our own Bill of Rights were borrowed from the great charters of British liberty.


About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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