I was born in the UK where I lived until the age of 20. I headed out to see the world and spent some time in New Zealand and Austalia before finding the shores of S.W. Florida in 1980. I have lived in Florida for 30 years now, and though I visit the UK regularly, I now consider it home. I recently was out in California where I saw the Stanford University campus where my father taught before he moved to London.
I became fascinated with the differences in English around the world, and in 1990 I started compiling a list of word comparisons. My research into South African English was done by proxy. I found several people who helped me with words and expressions used there along with some websites.
I found so many errors and archaic terms in almost all the British dictionaries I consulted when they referenced American terms (such as natatatorium and shooting iron) that I decided to go ahead and get a book out with modern comparisons such as GPS (US) to SatNav (UK) and DSL to ADSL etc. Words are slowly creeping across the Atlantic - I think Anderson Cooper is to blame for many of them! I'm a big fan of AC360.