We open with an amazing but true fact about the British and American Dennis The Menaces. Then, to celebrate our first letter from a listener in Germany, we discuss European aristocrat-swapping, which leads to Paul rating the Queen’s hotness; then we list the many German words in everyday use in English (turns out, it’s not just cars, food and dogs.) Then Jon returns to take the quiz: Paul attempts to figure out where Paxo goes, and Jon tries Alpo. Yum!
We celebrate President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration by examining the diverse melting-pot that is American society, and we do it by painstakingly dissecting some terrible jokes. Later, Sam takes a slightly modified quiz in which the boys try and identify British and American products: Sam tries to figure out what Aunt Jemima might be offering, while Paul guesses from which supermarket aisle he can procure some Horlicks. Sigh.
In our MLK Day show, we discuss the British connection to Dr. King, then move on to tooth fairy inflation. This gets us on to change jars and piggy banks, and British TV shows that became American. We talk about the storm in a teacup that was the royal portrait, and then Sully joins us for the quiz, where Johnson defines “skiving” and Sully ponders where the “boondocks” are.
Mostly about sport this week: we chat about how a bar themed entirely on breasts — not to mention a sport where young girls show their undies — became socially acceptable in America; this leads to the subject of the unceremonious way Brits leave school. Then James gives proof that he’s going senile, and tells of the time his entire softball team spontaneously became Australian. Later, Lily takes the “That’s Not English” quiz and tries to guess what a “scalper” might be, while Paul tries to identify the British food item known only as “soldiers.”
It’s all about the wacky world of dialects this week. After learning how a scotsman would say “Pittsburgh,” and hearing a phrase that midwesterners can’t say properly, Johnson attempts to identify a variety of British regional accents and (spoiler alert) fails miserably. Later, Jon and Marie call in to play “That’s Not English” and learn that a sweep can be something other than Dick Van Dyke singing Chim Chim Cher-ee. Happy new year, everyone!