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Old 09.07.2012, 00:33
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If somebody says: "I got enough gas to go to Pittsburgh"

Does this person mean he/she is very drunk or that he/she has trouble digesting something ?

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Re: Question for native speakers

In which language? I've never heard of that, but to me sounds like someone went to eat mexican :-)
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Re: Question for native speakers

Well ... American English

Sorry the title should say: Question to native American speakers
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Re: Question for native speakers

Well, this native speaker of American English has never heard the expression before...


...but Google brings up a Dean Martin clip that would suggest digestive difficulties - which may or may not have involved alcohol:

http://www.elvisenthusiastsunite.com...ittsburgh.html

around 2:06

(The semi-drunken thing was his shtick, part of his stage persona...)
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Love that clip, thank you
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If somebody says: "I got enough gas to go to Pittsburgh"

Does this person mean he/she is very drunk or that he/she has trouble digesting something ?

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"I have filled my automobile with sufficient gasoline, to enable me to drive all the way to Pittsburgh, PA, without the requirement to stop at another filling station".

CLUE: What is the name of the football team, and why?
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"I have filled my automobile with sufficient gasoline, to enable me to drive all the way to Pittsburgh, PA, without the requirement to stop at another filling station".

CLUE: What is the name of the football team, and why?
Steelers, because Pittsburgh used to produce steel. I have no clue.
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Old 09.07.2012, 01:56
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Steelers, because Pittsburgh used to produce steel. I have no clue.
Used to ....? How long ago was The Deer Hunter made?

Sorry ..... I came out without my coat, so I have nothing to get; I probably should get my head down, now.
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Used to ....? How long ago was The Deer Hunter made?

Sorry ..... I came out without my coat, so I have nothing to get; I probably should get my head down, now.

No big deal. The Deer Hunter was made in 1978. Steel production declined in the 1980's.
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Re: Question for native speakers

Slowly very very slowly I stard to understand american Politic
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Re: Question for native speakers

Well...an American might ask why 'petrol' is still used when it's a shortened form of 'petroleum' which encompasses the unrefined product whereas 'gas' shortened from 'gasoline' is a distillate of crude petroleum since I don't think you can pour a barrel of petroleum in its undistilled form into your tank and expect your car to run. Unusually, I side with the Yankees on this particular usage.

Of course, I've been threatening for years to develop a car that runs on methane collected solely from the driver after being fed a bunch of burritos from Chi-Chis but...I don't think the Brits would understand that one either since flatulence (and a really great bean burrito) is an unknown concept.
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No big deal. The Deer Hunter was made in 1978. Steel production declined in the 1980's.
As if I needed this, in addition to lamenting publicly that Ernest Borgnine had died only to be met with empty stares and a "Who?" today, to make me feel as though I should be shopping for burial plots and a clapper.
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As if I needed this, in addition to lamenting publicly that Ernest Borgnine had died only to be met with empty stares and a "Who?" today, to make me feel as though I should be shopping for burial plots and a clapper.
Seriously? And you're in the US? How sad. Culture on the decline. Well, I'm pretty sure I'm older than you. RIP Ernest

And really, are you suggesting that despite beans on toast, Brits don't fart? That's just .... sad.

Anyway, the original question - is it a quote from the Deer Hunter? The characters are from Clarion, I think, about 100 miles north and a little east of Pittsburgh.
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Ernest Borgnine's career died with Air Wolf, when was that, the early 80s? Cant expect these millenials to remember him from that nor from that terrible 70s version of All Quiet on the Western Front.


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Re: Question for native speakers

Guess the question is, how far away from Pittsburgh are you in the first place, because that gas would also take you as far away from Pittsburgh in the opposite direction.
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In the UK, a good way to get rid of stupid people is to 'send them to Coventry'. Where do you send them in the US, or anywhere else in the world - according to popular expressions?
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I don't think the Brits would understand that one either since flatulence ... is an unknown concept.
Try telling that to the missus.
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we call those people Texans.
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LOL - but do you have a specific expression that would translate the English : 'he behaved like an idiot and was sent to Coventry as a punishment'? sort of thing?
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Guess the question is, how far away from Pittsburgh are you in the first place, because that gas would also take you as far away from Pittsburgh in the opposite direction.

Dude, I am very proud of my home town (Pittsburgh). So I'd be going toward (usually).

And to answer Odile, I think those sorts of expressions in the US are highly regionalized. We each have our own ideas of hell.
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