Why the Strange Looks?


Who says they speak the same language in Britain? In England the word "napkin" is typically used to describe a feminine hygiene product (sanitary napkin). Although most people are aware of the double usage of the word, in London the word "serviette" is preferred in a restaurant or eating establishment. I did not find this out until my third week in London when I was attending an orientation meeting for overseas students through the university and they went over some of the common problems Americans have while in London. Boy, was my face red! Would have been nice to know a tad earlier.

Oh, and by the way, although extra "serviettes" are not charged for, request extra packets of ketchup and you will get slapped with an 8 pence additional charge.