Minor ponderings… or wool gathering…

Though supposedly deep in work, I just wandered off in the weeds to contemplate the difference between British and American English. What led me there? I got an email from a British shoe site advertising “court shoes,” what in the States we would call “pumps.” And I wondered if it might be considered rude to call them pumps in the UK, the way a Yank can get herself into trouble if she asks a British friend which pants she out to wear to a social occasion. “Court shoes” put me in mind of footwear for judicial appearances, or perhaps a quick set of tennis, but not — being a lower-case republican — to wear to see the Queen.

As G. B. Shaw said, we are “two peoples separated by a common language.”