By Phoebe Cameron
Making the move from Perth, Western Australia to New York, New York – I expected there to be a few differences, but some were more shocking than others.
1. TOMATO SAUCE VS. KETCHUP
No, tomato sauce isn’t marinara sauce, and no I don’t want to explain the difference between tomato sauce and ketchup to you.
2. DAY/MONTH/YEAR VS. MONTH/DAY/YEAR
An expected, petty struggle, but a struggle nonetheless.
3. REMOVING THE LETTER ‘U’ FROM WORDS
Words like colour/color, favourite/favorite etc. On my personal laptop no U illicit’s an angry red squiggle of incorrect spelling while at work the presence of a U brings that angry red line out. You just can’t win.
4. EXCHANGING MY S’ FOR Z’S
Memorize/memorise, customise/customize – another example of how to anger that little red line.
5. “BUT WHAT IS VEGEMITE?”
It’s nothing like Nutella or peanut paste – and no I can’t give a better explanation than that.
6. LACK OF A METRIC SYSTEM
Don’t even get me started…
7. PUBLIC TRANSPORT IS NOW A LEGITIMATE FORM OF TRANSPORT FOR EVERYDAY USE
So buses and trains aren’t only a way to get to a music festival and still drink? Huh…
Okay. If I HAVE to pay it and have no choice (taxes) then just include it in the price – it’s a standard percentage anyway!
I just can’t get used to it…
10. “I’D LOVE TO GO TO AUSTRALIA, I HEAR IT’S BEAUTIFUL. BUT IT’S SO FAR AWAY!”
Yes I’m aware it’s a long way – I did the trip recently.
11. CILANTRO/CORIANDER, PEPPERS/CAPSICUM
Although peppers vs. capsicum is reasonably easy to remember, I still have to stop and think about Cilantro.
Got some others? Leave them in the comment section below! I’ll be updating the list as I encounter new troubles so check back periodically!
About Phoebe Cameron: Phoebe is a young marketer who started her NY life as an intern at a digital marketing start-up. She is now in the process of applying for an E3 visa to stay with the company as a full time employee.