Mish at Hamley's 2009A mini is crashing through the wall! So, I posed in front of it. Just before this photo, David and I were chatting with one of the “magicians” in the London Hamley’s toy store who was demonstrating a magical glowing finger. He heard my accent and asked if I was from the US. I replied, “yes” and he announced, “so you’re a septic!” And I agreed. He asked, “you know what they call anti-Americans?” … “Listerine!”

Allow me to translate:

“American” = “Yank”

“Yank” rhymes with “Septic Tank”

“Septic Tank” is shortened to “Septic”

“Antiseptic” = “Listerine”

My expat lesson learned: Two nations divided by a common language