B is for Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme is the equivalent of our Handicapped Driver Tags in the USA.  If you are disabled, you may be able to park in restricted areas under the Blue Badge Scheme. The scheme is for drivers and passengers. The part I find interesting is the British use of the word “scheme.” This is not limited to Blue Badges. There is a Financial Assistance Scheme for Pensioners,  Government Mortgage Schemes, Cycle to Work Schemes,  and Retail Card Schemes. “Where I come from…” anything with the word “scheme” in it is suspect, synonymous with “fraudulent and conniving.” It takes some getting used to, trusting that all these schemes have our best interest in mind. Still, it reminds me of Snidely Whiplash…


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33 Responses to B is for Blue Badge Scheme

  1. A J says:

    Haha I’m with you! I’ve always been suspicious of the word “scheme” as well ;P Enjoying your posts so far

  2. Mars says:

    I think the internet ate my comment yesterday (the advice was about if you can’t see yourself in someone else’s mirrors they can’t see you… and make sure you physically check by turning your head and not just relying on your mirrors as there are so many blind spots, oh and look twice for bikes!)

    I’d never thought about the word scheme before, but you’re right we Brits use it for many different positive uses.

    Mars xx
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  3. freya3377 says:

    I was wondering where you were going with this Gail, and ended up laughing. 😂 It’s fascinating how words change their meaning in different cultures.
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  4. Interesting how words can mean such different things. This can happen within a country too. Different dialects. Years ago I commuted an hour within New Jersey for work and experienced differences in the same state.

  5. randommusings29 says:

    That’s a really good point. I have never really thought about using the word “scheme” and how it has a negative vibe. We even have play scheme here where children go to have days out etc in the summer holidays. That sounds so sinister now!

  6. This is cool. The word “scheme” in the US does have a negative connotation. It probably does take some getting used to.

  7. I never knew the word scheme was exclusively negative in the US – we do use it that way, e.g.. ‘you scheming fiend!’, but, as you have pointed out, we also have lots of schemes that are not ‘scheming’ – we also have colour schemes for rooms and outfits – now you’ve got me giggling as I think about an evil genius creating a colour scheme designed to destroy his nemesis (for some reason, I keeping thinking of Zoolander)!
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  8. Hmmm…and this is where regional connotation is so important. Who knew! But then, I find nothing threatening about the word schematic, so perhaps the connotation is more misplaced in American lingo than I ever thought. 🙂

  9. daroach12 says:

    How interesting. Thank you for sharing that fun fact.

  10. Yogita Joshi says:

    Scheme Is always a suspicious word..

  11. Scheme is to plot something; good or bad, but Society nornally leans to the latter. Programme would work better, you know.

  12. Not related to driving, but here’s another one: syndicate, which is what the Brits call a group of grad students admitted into a program in the same semester (which we’d call a cohort in the US). A friend got her MBA in Australia and I always had to suppress a snicker when she talked of her syndicate as I was picturing mob bosses with textbooks.

  13. kborman says:

    This is fantastic. It does make me think that everything they are doing with “Scheme” in the name means they are plotting something! Perhaps our government should take note –I mean it is not like the American people trust government as is anyways, might as well as scheme to everything!

  14. rosemawrites says:

    This is informative yet entertaining too Gail! It is always fascinating how language differs and evolves too! 😀

  15. Dahlia says:

    Now I am terribly curious to ‘see’ the Blue Badge! Oh well till I do I guess it will be Snidely Whiplash all the way 😉 Interesting post!

  16. Color scheme is about the only scheme I can think of that isn’t scary or suspicious! Have fun with the challenge!
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  17. Keiley Blair says:

    As someone who has always been an Anglophile and rarely notices the differences in dialect, I too always found this word to be suspect!

  18. Bev says:

    Ha! For a second I thought that was a picture of the blue badge itself. But then I though “wait…”

  19. Deb Hawkins says:

    It certainly makes it sound shady, as someone from the other side of the pond. 😉

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