Bits and Bobs

As the writer George Bernard Shaw once quipped, “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” That being said, you may find yourself questioning some of the language being used around our definitively English Inn.

For example, much of the spelling we use is based upon the English version, which is derived from the original etymology of the words taken from the Latin, Old French or Old English. Americans tend to prefer the simplified version of spelling first promoted by Noah Webster, which is based on how the word is actually pronounced. So, if you discover an extra vowel in the colour and flavour you experience throughout your stay, please do not be alarmed.
You will also find some definitively English expressions used around the inn. Take the term ‘knackered’ used on our do not disturb signs. It’s based on the British expression meaning to be exhausted or worn out. It has nothing to do with the more familiar American word ‘knack’ which means having a skill or talent for something.
Then, there is the word ‘cheers’ that you will undoubtedly hear more than once during your stay. In Britain, it is usually used to express good wishes when parting or ending a conversation. It can also be used to express gratitude or as an acknowledgement of
something done for you.
If you have any questions about any of the phrases you see used around the inn, please do not hesitate to ask. We will be more than happy to spell things our for you.