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How did colonial Americans speak?

I am trying to write a story that takes place in 1660s Massachusetts. I have a great plot and characters, but the action stops when they open their mouths. I simply don't know how they spoke. How can I find examples of 17th century English as spoken by ordinary people? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on May 26, 2014 - 11 answers

US Tax Law Change for Americans Living Abroad

As a US citizen, living and working abroad for many years, I recently heard of a new law that I must file tax returns on the US by Aug 31, 2011 or face a penalty. Anyone know about this? If US citizens live and pay taxes abroad, they generally are exempt up to $91,500.
posted by foxinsocks on Aug 27, 2011 - 9 answers

Danger is my middle name.

Why is it common practice in the US for people to be known by their first initial and middle name eg. J Robert Lennon, E Jean Carroll? Why don't those who prefer their middle name still keep the initial? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Apr 15, 2011 - 67 answers

So what's like in an area of Germany with large American military bases?

How are the relationships between the American military personnel and the local population in Germany? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jan 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Travel from Canada to the US with a passport expiring in < 6 months

Will I be able to enter the US with a Canadian passport that expires in 4 1/2 months? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Jan 17, 2011 - 6 answers

Unique American food for an Australian 4th of July

4th of July party in Australia: What uniquely American food can I serve that will be somewhat unusual for Australians? [more inside]
posted by mosessis on Jun 30, 2010 - 48 answers

How does a Canadian pay US taxes for 2 months of work in NJ?

I am a Canadian who worked for two months in the NJ last year. How do I sort out my taxes in the US? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace on Mar 30, 2008 - 13 answers

I... I have to tell you something... I think I'm a dual citizen.

I think I may be a British citizen by descent. What now? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos on Mar 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Who's right?

When Americans talk about things like bands and sports teams they use the singular but when people in the UK/Ireland do so they use the plural. Who's right? [more inside]
posted by daveirl on Aug 11, 2005 - 22 answers

You say potatoe...

In the US, the first syllable of "privacy" rhymes with "eye." In the UK, it rhymes with "give." So why, when listening to an audiobook, did I hear a British reader (with a standard British dialect) pronounce it the American way? Was the reader just being weird, or is the pronunciation of "privacy" becoming Americanized? Are there any other common Brit-pronunciations that are migrating across the pond? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 8, 2005 - 22 answers

US Cordless Phone in Europe

PhoneFilter: I am thinking of buying a US-sold cordless phone and bringing it back to Europe. Other than voltage and frequency (which I've checked) is there any other reason why an American phone wouldn't work or work less in Europe (different ring-tone signals or Caller ID standards perhaps)?
posted by costas on Feb 1, 2005 - 8 answers

How Did Anti-French Sentiment Start in the U.S.?

Un peu de perspective? I'm looking for historical/cultural background for the popular anti-french sentiment in the US. I imagine it began somewhere between when the French helped the US oust the British, and the current Iraq Feud. What's the story(ies)?
posted by Popular Ethics on Jan 20, 2005 - 26 answers

American Doctors Practicing in Canada

Anybody know anything about American doctors practicing in Canada? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by LittleMissCranky on Jul 16, 2004 - 10 answers

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