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08 Jun 2019, 5:17 pm

Do you find some of the terms we use funny? I mean... What in the USA you call pants we have a totally different thing in our minds her in the UK.
Any other different sayings where ones mind boggles!


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08 Jun 2019, 5:18 pm

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08 Jun 2019, 5:30 pm

Before supper my English host asked, "Do you fancy faggots?" I didn't know how to respond as fa***t is a derogatory term for homosexuals here. I found out later that faggots are a kind of meatball with onions.



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08 Jun 2019, 5:36 pm

My last girlfriend was banned from a USA Christian site because they were talking about food and she said she liked faggots. They banned her straight away. She was puzzled.


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08 Jun 2019, 5:37 pm

SaveFerris wrote:
fanny

Does it mean something different in USA? Umm. I know what it means here!


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08 Jun 2019, 5:39 pm

Mountain Goat wrote:
SaveFerris wrote:
fanny

Does it mean something different in USA? Umm. I know what it means here!


It usually refers to the posterior in the US , a bum bag here is called a fanny pack there.


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08 Jun 2019, 5:47 pm

USA: Chips -> UK: Crisps.
UK: Chips -> USA: (French) Fries.


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08 Jun 2019, 6:12 pm

It can get even more complicated when you add Australian to the mix. Sometimes they use the UK meaning, sometimes the US...and sometimes its unique to Australia.

Even within the US there are a lot of regional differences... A soft-drink might be pop or soda or a coke (even if its not coca-cola)



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08 Jun 2019, 6:17 pm

'Sidewalk' for 'Pavement' is quite funny, as is 'Zee' for the letter 'Z'.

Some of the pronunciation also makes me smile, eg of the word 'lever'.

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08 Jun 2019, 6:20 pm

Or when those "I am not a robot" things come up they say "Click on the pictures witn a crosswalk in them" and I was puzzling... "What's a crosswalk?"


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08 Jun 2019, 7:20 pm

DeepHour wrote:
Some of the pronunciation also makes me smile, eg of the word 'lever'.

When I used to work as a designer and machinist, I always had to stifle a giggle whenever US customers or contractors said "aloomunum" for aluminium - the "-munum" bit at the end always makes me think of this...


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08 Jun 2019, 11:34 pm

I was pleased to be offered a cheese and pickle sandwich when I was a student in London, but I was shocked that the pickle was BROWN. Very unappetizing! Then I tasted it and it was divine. About ten years ago Branston pickle became available in the US. I was excited. I eat it all the time. I just bought four jars. I'm going to eat some right now.



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10 Jun 2019, 12:58 pm

Dang!

Got a look for a Branston pickle, and eat it with some faggots (the Welsh style meatballs).

Yeah Brits call "math" "maths". We just call it singular "math" ( like "sociology", or "biology").

But we Americans stick an "s" on the end of: physics, economics, electronics, ceramics.



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10 Jun 2019, 1:11 pm

Branston pickle is the food of the gods.


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10 Jun 2019, 5:33 pm

American English - vacation, British English - holiday
American English - shopping cart, British English - trolley (In America trolley was a streetcar)
American English - cell phone, British English - mobile
American English - line, British English - queue
American English - sneaker, British English - trainer
American English - truck, British English - lorry
American English - highway, British English - motorway
American English - bathroom, British English - toilets


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