British is invading my brain.
A few weeks ago, as I played fetch with Sloan at Bolton Abbey,
I was watching a young couple skip rocks on the river (this is a common pastime at Bolton Abbey).
When the man threw one that skipped three times I thought to myself,
"Man, I am rubbish at skipping rocks."
I now think words like "rubbish"??
Let's get on to today's lesson in British lingo.
Today we'll concentrate on the home.
Types of homes, to be specific.
detached house............. single-family dwelling (no shared walls)
semidetached house............... duplex (one shared wall)
terraced house............... townhouse (two shared walls)
bungalow................ one story home/ranch
dormered bungalow.................home mostly on one floor with a finished living space in the attic
The level of house you walk into from the street-
ground floor............. first floor
The level of house that's up one staircase-
first floor..............second floor
This leads to a lot of American tourist confusion with elevator buttons.
When you're looking to let (rent) or purchase a home, you go see an estate agent (realtor).
The home you're looking for can be in a variety of areas.
Let's tackle that next.
City seems obvious, right?
London is a city.
York is a city.
Edinburgh is a city.
Ripon is a city.
However, Harrogate, despite having over four times the population of Ripon, is a town.
A tradition based in medieval times, a location must have either a cathedral or a royal market charter in order to be granted "city" status.
Because of this, there are a lot of towns of various sizes and a handful of very small cities.
"Town" is generally bestowed on places that have a market, but the "royal market charter" means city...
no, I'm not entirely clear on that one, either.
A village is the next size smaller in home locations.
A village is a group of dwellings that usually includes a post office (general store included), a pub, a church, a school, and/or a social hall.
Birstwith is a village.
A hamlet is not just a play about a confused prince.
A hamlet is a group of dwellings that doesn't have a church, a school, a post office... but the one we live in now does have a social hall. And a pub.
Here's something to relax your brain:
Living in a hamlet isn't so bad, is it?