How should I ask a barber the fee of a haircut?

I’m struggling as to which one of these two sentences is right. If neither, then what is the right sentence? How much is the fee for a haircut? How much do you charge for a haircut? Answer We don’t normally speak of a fee for a haircut. Others have proposed normal alternatives. However, In the … Read more

Is this a perfunctory greeting?

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. (Harry Potter) Why is ‘thank you very much’? jotted down? Is it a kind of greetings when you start speaking or writing? Or does it just have the causality with the previous mention? … Read more

Are British words jarring in US English?

In particular, I don’t mean mere alternate spellings like colour, honour, but words that are entirely different: using lift instead of elevator, fridge instead of refrigerator etc. What is the common outlook on using them in plain informal speech in the US? What are the chances they won’t be recognized at all? Will they be … Read more