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