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Old 16.05.2011, 15:03
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British English and things that are commonly misunderstood

I normally don't post these sorts of things because I'm too cool/stupid/boring but aside from being amusing I really do think it could help users of the English Forum, where a good percentage of posts are British English, but a good percentage of post-readers are not. For those of you that are not British - these examples are actually true and no exaggerated! These are sorts of things I'm forced to say to my British colleagues in order to be both diplomatic and understood, on a daily basis.

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Old 16.05.2011, 15:05
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quite good
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:07
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Oh, my diplomat students will have a ball with this! Thanks!
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:09
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Re: British English and things that are commonly misunderstood

very interesting. ( but I'm not a Brit )
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With the greatest respect Economisto...this is really interesting.
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With the greatest respect Economisto...this is really interesting.
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:23
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Hmmm.... There's an element of truth there.
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:30
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With the greatest respect Economisto...this is really interesting.
welcome to the forum
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:43
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Re: British English and things that are commonly misunderstood

Putting the reverse on this, it took me a few bad experiences of miscommunication to realise that when transatlantic emails came with a sign off of "Thank you for actioning the attached" or "Thank you for signing the agreement" it didn't mean it had actually been done and they were thanking me for it.

Several confusing emails later, it finally transpired that they were anticipating my completing of a task and thanking me in advance.
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:44
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Re: British English and things that are commonly misunderstood

And as I've heard, an innocent question like "Can I bum a fag?" can also be understood differently by non-Brits.
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Old 16.05.2011, 15:46
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Putting the reverse on this, it took me a few bad experiences of miscommunication to realise that when transatlantic emails came with a sign off of "Thank you for actioning the attached" or "Thank you for signing the agreement" it didn't mean it had actually been done and they were thanking me for it.

Several confusing emails later, it finally transpired that they were anticipating my completing of a task and thanking me in advance.
Indeed. Americans write very different emails from Brits:


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Dear X,

It was great seeing you at Company Function Y 14 months ago. When you find time, please could you try and locate the January contract for supplier Z.

Thanks in advance,

X
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Hi, please get the Jan contract scanned to me in the next 10mins. TY
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Re: British English and things that are commonly misunderstood

... and you can't imagine the confusion when I told mrs. G ( prior to her being mrs. G ) that I was going to slap her fanny.
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... and you can't imagine the confusion when I told mrs. G ( prior to her being mrs. G ) that I was going to slap her fanny.
Mate I really hope you're the American in the couple.
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grynch =


mrs. g =


and fanny in "American" is of course, bum... arse perhaps to you lot
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... and you can't imagine the confusion when I told mrs. G ( prior to her being mrs. G ) that I was going to slap her fanny.
Is that why you had to marry her?
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Is that why you had to marry her?

I married her for her great buns.
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I married her for her great buns.
Mmmm.... Cupcakes, as you Americans would say. A great reason to marry someone.
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oh yes.. nice cupcakes as well.
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You seem to be getting the hang of this. Do your fellow colonials still understand you?
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they never did
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