I never chose to call where I live an apartment.
I learned while in South Africa this summer that there are a whole lot of other people in the world who would call where I live a flat. To tell you the truth, I’ve never even considered calling it that. Not because it isn’t a flat or because I don’t think flat is a good name for it, I just never knew I had the option.
I guess I’m just bringing this up because I like to think I’m my own man. But it’s funny when you start realizing just how many choices have already been made for you. I mean, even down to the words you use.
Calling an apartment a flat, that’s just one example.