Can you guess where Mabel is this Monday? 

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She is at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. 

The Wimbledon Championships, or simply Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely considered the most prestigious. It is also the only court in the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (majors) that still uses the game’s original surface, grass (as opposed to plexicusion).

The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July, this year the tournament begins on June 23 (today) and will have matches until the 6th of July. It is culminated with the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Singles Final, scheduled for the second Saturday and Sunday respectively. Each year five major, junior, and invitational events are held. 

London is made up of two ancient cities, which are now joined together. The first is the City of London; known as ‘The City’ the second is the City of Westminster. These two joined cities make London the largest in Britain and Europe occupying over 620 square miles.

Buckingham Palace, located in London, has served as the official London residence of Britain’s sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Buckingham Palace houses offices of those who support the day-to-day activities of The Queen, Elizabeth II, and The Duke of Edinburgh and their immediate family. 

The Queen II has become the second-longest reigning monarch in 1,000 years of British history. She has now overtaken George the III, who reigned for 59 years, 96 days and 13 extra leap-year days. Queen Elizabeth II, the eldest daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and became Queen at the age of 25. Now age 88, the Queen has reigned through more than 5 decades of enormous social change and development.

Britain’s main language is English (British English) although Queen Elizabeth II speaks fluent French and often uses the language for Audiences and State Visits. Her Majesty does not require an interpreter.

 

Below are some differences between American English and British English word choices:

British English American English
anti-clockwise counter-clockwise
articulated lorry trailer truck
autumn autumn, fall
barrister attorney
bill (restaurant) bill, check
biscuit cookie
block of flats apartment building
bonnet (clothing) hat
bonnet (car) hood
boot trunk
caravan trailer
car park parking lot
chemist’s shop drugstore, pharmacy
chest of drawers dresser, chest of drawers, bureau
chips fries, French fries
the cinema the movies
clothes peg clothespin
coffin coffin, casket
crisps potato chips
crossroads intersection; crossroads (rural)
cupboard cupboard (in kitchen); closet (for clothes etc)
diversion detour
drawing-pin thumbtack
drink-driving drunk driving
driving licence driver’s license
dual carriageway divided highway
dummy (for baby) pacifier
dustbin garbage can, trash can
dustman garbage collector
engine engine, motor
estate agent real estate agent
estate car station wagon
film film, movie
flat apartment, flat, studio
flat tyre flat tire
flyover overpass
gearbox (car) transmission
gear-lever gearshift
Girl Guide Girl Scout
ground floor ground/first floor
handbag handbag, purse, shoulder bag
high street main street
holiday vacation
hood (car) convertible top
jam jam, preserves
jug jug, pitcher
juggernaut 18-wheeler
lift elevator
lorry truck, semi, tractor
mad crazy, insane
main road highway
maize corn
maths math
motorbike motorcycle
motorway freeway, expressway
motorway highway, freeway, expressway, interstate highway, interstate
nappy diaper
naughts and crosses tic-tack-toe
pants, underpants underpants, drawers
pavement sidewalk
pet hate pet peeve
petrol gas, gasoline
The Plough Big Dipper
pocket money allowance
post mail
postbox mailbox
postcode zip code
postman mailman, mail carrier, letter carrier
pub bar
public toilet rest room, public bathroom
railway railroad
return (ticket) round-trip
reverse charge collect call
ring road beltway, freeway/highway loop
road surface pavement, blacktop
roundabout traffic circle, roundabout
rubber eraser
rubbish garbage, trash
rubbish-bin garbage can, trashcan
saloon (car) sedan
shop shop, store
silencer (car) muffler
single (ticket) one-way
solicitor lawyer, attorney
spanner wrench
sweets candy
taxi taxi, taxi cab
tea towel dish towel
telly (informal), TV television, TV
third-party insurance liability insurance
timetable schedule
tin can
toll motorway toll road, turnpike
torch flashlight
trousers pants, trousers
tube (train) subway
underground(train) subway
vest undershirt
waistcoat vest
wallet wallet, billfold
wellington boots rubber boots, rain boots
whisky whisky/whiskey
windscreen windshield
zip zipper

 

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