Paula Hogard, Dean of Lifelong Learning at the University of Tulsa, is the new Chair of ACHE Great Plains.
Paula is a native of England, a talented continuing educator, and fun to talk to. For your continuing education, here is a list of British words not widely used in America:
abseil--to descend on a rope (US: rappel).
agony aunt--the author of an agony column – a magazine or newspaper column advising on readers' personal problems. The image presented was originally that of an older woman providing comforting advice and maternal wisdom, hence the name "aunt". Better known to most Americans as a "Dear Abby" column. (US: advice column).
berk-- a mildly derogatory term for a silly person. The word is an abbreviation of either 'Berkshire Hunt' or 'Berkeley Hunt' (it is uncertain which is the original phrase), (Note that 'berk' rhymes with 'work', whereas the first syllable of both 'Berkshire' and 'Berkeley' is pronounced 'bark'.)
bint --a derogatory term for a woman. Usage varies with a range of harshness from 'bitch', referring to a disagreeable and domineering woman, to only a slightly derogatory term for a young woman (from the Arabic for a girl).
For the entire list, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_words_not_widely_used_in_the_United_States