As much as our American English is very close to the English that is spoken over in England, there are still tons of words and sayings that I haven’t a clue about, such as the word Hamper. I have a good friend who moved to the London, England area that sent me a recent email, the first communication since Christmas. She was telling me of many of the wonderful gifts that she had received for Christmas, one being the Christmas hampers sweet and savoury, which I had no idea what she was referring to.
As much grief as I hear about using Wikipedia, I still use it for the majority of my research needs. It was through Wikipedia that I found that over in England the word hamper means a type of basket that is generally used for transporting food. I swear that was the first that I had ever heard that word used that way. At least I learned one thing today that I can brag about.