In the song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” a famous line goes, “You like po-tay-to, and I like po-tah-to; you like to-may-to, and I like to-mah-to.” The lyrics poke fun at the idea of dialects, and as an American living in England, it’s something I deal with all the time. Just as Americans and Brits prefer different words for eggplant—for some reason it’s “aubergine” in the U.K.—the two countries also pronounce all sorts of words differently.
The pub is an integral part of life in the United Kingdom. That’s true whether you’re grabbing a swift half with friends at your local, checking out a quiet country pub on the weekend, or grabbing a couple pints at the airport before heading off on holiday. But those latter pubs have started to get a bit of an unsavory reputation: Due to a legal loophole, airport pubs, bars and restaurants can serve alcohol 24 hours a day—meaning it’s not an uncommon sight to catch groups of rowdy travelers slugging back breakfast pints before a morning flight.
It seems I have never met an American who has visited Scotland and did not adore it.