I like to curl up on a rainy day with a good book or short story. It’s nice to escape to other worlds or see this one through the eyes of interesting characters who find themselves in frightening or intriguing situations. Visiting other parts of the real world can be a great pastime as well. I’ve never been to England, but I kind of know the language—and the slang, vernacular, colloquialisms and the like. Some of them can be very entertaining—in a story set in England or if used by characters from locations where the variations are known to be common. For example mate as buddy or friend is common to England, Scotland and even Australia. So used in context with these places and/or people, “He was my best mate at school” makes sense and it adds to the realism of the story.