And granted, I do have a bit of a thing for British colloquialisms and phrasing because I prefer the sound of it over many American colloquialisms. However, I don't make a point of studying it, and it doesn't make its way into my every day speech that often, save for a few words and phrases (bloody, brilliant, and spot on mostly).
All this said, there is one area in my life where I may have to bite my tongue and accept my anglophile title. And that is tea. Oh, how I love tea. In high school that was all I had for breakfast for three years - mornings began with either Earl Grey or Yorkshire Gold, and nothing further would be ingested until lunchtime. There is a cup of Earl Grey sitting next to me as I write this. More than just the drink by itself, however, I adore the tradition of the afternoon tea.
|From Taking Tea With Alice by Dawn Hylton & Diane Sedo|
I will still host teas when I have a receptive audience. My tea cup collection is impressive, as is my collection of pots, and I try to make it a habit of always having at least two varieties of biscuits on hand. I have two very large drawers in my kitchen that are devoted entirely to teas and drinking chocolate. My recipe book is full of different tea sandwich recipes, and I know the best places to pick up loose leaf or bagged varieties not only in my own neighborhood but in many neighborhoods in Seattle.
Now if you'll excuse me, it's time for another cup. Do not worry, there will be more on this subject later.