September 09, 2008

Apologies to Across the Pond

To my reader from Great Britain, I owe my sincerest apologies. I wrote in a post about sending a letter to England.


I had only glanced at the address and when writing my thank you letters for my Team in Training marathon, I realized she lives in Northern Ireland.

Huge apology.

It is an error on my part… that I’ll try to explain, and to all of you who live across the pond, I apologize.

For some reason, when I was a kid, whenever anyone said, Great Britain, it meant England to me. It was synonymous and its not. Absolutely, they are not the same.

And where my problem lies is the whole ‘introducing yourself by your continent’ thing. In the United States would never say, “I’m from North America”. Yet, I met a man about 12 years ago, who, when I asked from where he came, he said, “Europe.” I blinked and said, “What part?” He said quietly, “Germany.”

I got in the car and said to my husband, ‘Hi, I’m Bou, I’m from North America”.

It’s just not done here.

So for the many years hearing people refer to the continent, instead of the country, in my mind it all becomes the same when phrasing and that has GOT TO BE offensive to those who live there, but that’s how it has happened.

I pride myself in not being so geographically ignorant. Looks like I kind of blew that out of the water!

And no, she never ever said a word. I caught it. She has class... and I offer my apologies.

Posted by Boudicca at September 9, 2008 08:01 PM | TrackBack

Wait a couple of months and you can send one to Brazil ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at September 9, 2008 08:28 PM

I'm still writing!! It could be then!

By the way, how much fun was it trying to figure out how much postage goes to N. Ireland? I was all over the USPS site, trying to figure out if I could actually mail it from my mail box if I had the correct postage.

I rewrote the envelope because the last two lines have to be in Caps. I threw a little over the correct amount of postage on it and... put it in my mailbox.

I was giddy laughing. I'm such a pinhead... the things that amuse me. Really. I am pathetic.

Posted by: Bou at September 9, 2008 08:35 PM

Hi Bou, congratulations of realising :) And don't worry, it doesn't bother me at all, as far as I'm concerned, I couldn't give a whole lot of detail on the 50states so why should I expect people to know about my wee corner? Besides that, my sister-in-law is from Flordia and I remember the initial confusion when we explained Northern Ireland is part of the UK, while Ireland is independent lol.

Thanks for the post, it gave me the first laugh of the morning! Hope the training is going well.

Posted by: Rachel at September 12, 2008 03:24 AM