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Old 28.09.2015, 16:58
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My American OH still doesn't know how to pronounce Worcestershire Sauce.

"Do you want me to add a few drops of Worchiss... Wootchess... Werchess.. whatever sauce?"
Haha I always have arguments with my hubby for he insists it is pronounced "wustershire sauce".

And people always approach me " where in the States are you from"

Obviously I've been hanging out with an American for too long
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Old 28.09.2015, 17:12
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THE Sauce is HP
Heaven Forbid. It's Lea and Perrins.
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Heaven Forbid. It's Lea and Perrins.
Not on a cheese sarnie its not.
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Heaven Forbid. It's Lea and Perrins.
It is, but maybe you know that Heinz purchased Lea & Perrins, and meanwhile, the "original" L & P whatever sauce sold in the USA has already been heavily adapted to the universal Heinz taste, read: cheap ingredients. Just compare the labels on both sides of the pond.
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Old 28.09.2015, 17:42
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Haha I always have arguments with my hubby for he insists it is pronounced "wustershire sauce".
Weeeelllll... it is, he's right.

Or do you mean that he pronounces each syllable fully: "wus" as in "bus" (Home Counties, not northern! ), "shire" as in, you know, "shire "? Then yes, he's wrong and you're probably right.
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You're English aren't you? Where are you from?
Yorkshire
Oh where's that?
In the north of England.
Oh you mean Scotland.

Duh.

Not true, everyone knows that Yorkshire is in Oberwallis!
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Old 28.09.2015, 18:03
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"Where are you from?"
"I'm from Geneva."
"Oh, you're from Italy?"

An understandable mistake to make for someone hearing the pronunciation of the anglicised name of a Swiss city. Had you said Genève, Genf or Ginevra you may not have had a problem.

The anglicised version of Genova, which incidentally does sound a bit like Geneva, is Genoa because, of course, the Italians have no idea how to spell their city's name correctly.

But you are fortunate being able to state unambiguously where you come from. For someone who comes from England (or is it the UK or maybe Great Britain or just Britain ?) it is not so easy.
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Old 28.09.2015, 18:16
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Re: Again... and again... and again...

Doesn't apply to Europe, but there are a lot of Americans who think Baltimore is the state capital of Maryland. (Actually Annapolis.)

New Mexico has a bigger problem. It's the only US state which has the acronym "USA" printed on its license plate. There's a reason for this. Many Americans manage to go through elementary school, high school, and college without learning that "New Mexico" is actually part of the United States. There's a column in "New Mexico" magazine entitled "One Of Our 50 Is Missing" which gives examples of this misunderstanding every month.
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Old 28.09.2015, 18:22
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Re: Again... and again... and again...

Where are you from?

Canada

Oh, where about?

Montreal,

Where is it in Canada?

East, French part.

But where are YOU from?

A city around Montreal.

No, I mean oriiiiginaly?

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Old 28.09.2015, 18:39
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Re: Again... and again... and again...

I got these convo a few times..

P: Where do you come from?
M: Indonesia
P: Where's that?
M: It's between Singapore and Australia. Or perhaps do you know Bali?
P: Ah yes! Bali! So Indonesia is the capital of Bali?
M: um..... no.......

P: So, what's your real name?
M: Victoria (I have a 'western' name, so in here let's say my name is Victoria)
P: No, I mean your Indonesian name
M: Victoria
P: No, the name that your parents gave you..
M: Victoria
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Old 28.09.2015, 18:45
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Q: Where are you from?

A: Canada

Q: Oh, where about?

A: Montreal,

Q: Where is it in Canada?

A: East, French part.

Q: But where are YOU from?
A: Planet Earth! Good enough for your boxes you want to sort me into?!
Or: I just told you. How was your coffee?

People sometimes don't know what/where the limit is
This line of questions can be good-natured, but then it should stop once you've given the hint that you're through answering.
It can be nosy (because sometimes people have nothing else to talk about).
It can also be downright "I don't believe you're from a certain place and I need you to tell me you're from the place I think you are so that I can associate you with the place I want to associate you with, not with the one you actually are from" rude.
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Old 28.09.2015, 19:12
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A: Planet Earth! Good enough for your boxes you want to sort me into?!
Or: I just told you. How was your coffee?

People sometimes don't know what/where the limit is
This line of questions can be good-natured, but then it should stop once you've given the hint that you're through answering.
It can be nosy (because sometimes people have nothing else to talk about).
It can also be downright "I don't believe you're from a certain place and I need you to tell me you're from the place I think you are so that I can associate you with the place I want to associate you with, not with the one you actually are from" rude.
I get the occasionally one who wants to guess soooo much.

Ok, let me guess..... Italy, nope, Spain, nope, Brazil, nope, France, nope...Po... Let me cut you now, I'm from Canada.

Uh? Are you sure? you don't look like a Canadian.

I don't know what is the general idea of how Canadians look or should look like?? Do people think we somehow look like Scandinavians?
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Uh? Are you sure? you don't look like a Canadian.
I'd hazard a guess that I know better than you how much of what you want to know is your business, smartass. But since you want it so badly-



Oh? Wrong gift?


People with manners know when it's time to stop.

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Where are you from?
The Netherlands

??

Holland?

Does that belong to Germany?

(No, only from 1940 to 1945.............)
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I don't know what is the general idea of how Canadians look or should look like?? Do people think we somehow look like Scandinavians?
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P: So, what's your real name?
M: Victoria (I have a 'western' name, so in here let's say my name is Victoria)
P: No, I mean your Indonesian name
M: Victoria
P: No, the name that your parents gave you..
M: Victoria
A friend of a friend of mine, Swiss, let's say his name is Peter Keller - just that, nothing more. He often has to fly to the USA, and time and again he is being asked for his middle name, especially when filling out forms. He hasn't got any. Period. Nobody wants to believe him.

To prevent further issues, a few years ago he began putting "L." in those "Middle Name" fields. When being asked what that "L." in "Peter L. Keller" stands for, he says, "Leerschlag," and nobody bats an eye.

Leerschlag is the German word for hitting the space bar on a computer or typewriter keyboard.
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I get the occasionally one who wants to guess soooo much.

Ok, let me guess..... Italy, nope, Spain, nope, Brazil, nope, France, nope...Po... Let me cut you now, I'm from Canada.

Uh? Are you sure? you don't look like a Canadian.

I don't know what is the general idea of how Canadians look or should look like?? Do people think we somehow look like Scandinavians?


And I always thought you where from Montreal Quebec
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I don't know what is the general idea of how Canadians look or should look like?? Do people think we somehow look like Scandinavians?
I think all Canadians look like this. Or, at least, for sure Cannut looks like this.



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Me: no, I come from Switzerland. Oh ok, can you speak Swissih?
I've been asked this question ("Can you speak Swiss?/What language do they speak in Switzerland? Swiss?") several times in the UK, which implies that such question might be endemic to the region. Talking of the UK...

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"The UK."
"Where?"
"Britain"
"Oh, England"
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I used to put U.K. on the bottom of letters but I overheard the person dealing with my letters ask another, on several occasions, "Hey, how much is a stamp for Ukraine?".
Next I put on "Großbritannien " but got the response "Is this in Europe?"
There was a fair bit of eye-rolling from the rest of the queue for that one.
My wife suggested "England" but she said it would be better to ask what was the correct thing to write.....at the Post Office.
Has happened as well. "The UK" is met with confusion, thus I have to say/write "England/Angleterre".

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"Yet another question: In Switzerland, does the sea freeze over in winter?"
Got asked that question many times.
Something similar. Somehow people also tend to think that Switzerland is a perennial ocean of snow (think Arctic). I suspect they don't believe my tales of Lavaux vineyards and barbecues.

The following dialogue happens very often in some of the neighbouring countries whenever they see my address:
Them: You are not from Switzerland but France! (note: very much statements and not questions)
Me: No, I live in Lausanne. Have you heard of this city?
Them: No. But your address, "Chemin", that's French.
Me: Yes. It's French. I am in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
Them: But people speak German in Switzerland. They speak French in France.

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I think all Canadians look like this. Or, at least, for sure Cannut looks like this.



That guy speaks a very funny English.

By the way, my baby brother's name is Richi....
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