| Actually I bet most people do know that it was originally an old
| english drinking song
I had no idea. Most Americans can't list the 3 branches
of government. I doubt very much that most would even
know what the Star Spangled Banner is, unless you gave
them a clue by explaining that it's the official song of the
American Sporting Event Manufacturing Industry.
I find the English tend to be far more well informed about
any number of things, especially history and the language.
Both are fondly treasured belongings to them, while for
us they're just conveniences.
On the other hand, when I was in England they seemed to
think that Schlitz was a superior beer to their own offerings.
Their "American" cigarettes were fakes, made of junk tobacco.
And they were eating Marmite. So they can't be all that