Monthly Archives: March 2008

Could You Be British? Part II

And now, the answers…

1. Where would you hear the following accents: Geordie; Scouse; Cockney?
“Well-known dialects in England are Geordie (Tyneside), Scouse (Liverpool) and Cockney (London).”

2. What are the nations of the United Kingdom, from most populous to least–and who are their patron saints?
England (St. George); Scotland (St. Andrew); Wales (St. David); and Northern Ireland

Could You Be British?

Now that Lauren and I have been in the UK for five years, we’ve decided to apply for an “indefinite leave to remain” — the UK equivalent of a green card. (NOTE TO OUR PARENTS: Yes, we do still plan on moving back to the States at some point. Honest.)

Of course, Her Majesty can’t let in just any riffraff. Before she will grant us leave, we have to take a test on life in the UK–the same test taken by people hoping to become British citizens. For those of you who want to test your Britishness, here are some questions based on the official government study guide. I’ll post the answers in a day or two; in the meantime, if you want to play at home, you can post your guesses in the comment section. (Googling your answers is most definitely not cricket.)


As he has been in year’s past, my-friend-the-Daily-Show-writer Rob Kutner is involved in a charity sketch show in honor of the Jewish holiday of Purim. And as in year’s past, I’ve written a sketch for it.

This year, guests include also-from-the-Daily-Show Aasif Manvi, and a special video appearance by Lewis Black. If you’re in New York, on Saturday, March 22, I highly recommend you stop by the Shushan Channel. You may want to buy your tickets now; it tends to sell out.