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Old 08.10.2009, 12:58
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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

I'm personally insulted that you neglected to include Canada in the list of major English speaking nations.

WTF, eh!
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I'm personally insulted that you neglected to include Canada in the list of major English speaking nations.
You call that English?
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When I ask a British girl to take her pants off, it's all good either way.
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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

I'm just going outside to smoke a fag. Take that how you want
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Can I borrow someones rubber?
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Old 08.10.2009, 13:43
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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

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It's good that you checked, but maybe next time you see her, you could ask the pharmacist what size she did mean. Someone else might make the same assumption as you but not read the French instructions.

I know this is off-topic, but I honestly don't think it is enough for the pharmacist to be 'kind' and 'nice'. There is really a lot of difference between a table-spoon and a coffee spoon - especially when measuring something in the mediciine line for a child.

I really think you should explain to the good lady at the chemists that it wasn't clear to you - and might not be clear to someone else. She could keep a spoon handy to show what she means if she wants to help her 'foreign' customers.
Thanks Longbyt. The dosage was 5ml which is the larger end of the plastic dosage spoons that come in the pack. I actually have never heard of a coffee spoon before so hadn't thought anything of it except that it was funny. She was quite young though, with English very much her second language, so I can't imagine she meant anything other than tablespoon by her instructions. I will be more conscious of translation errors in the future though. You are right, not everyone is vigilant about double checking

Back on topic...when I lived in London I was always getting funny looks when I asked people in the office to pass the durex.
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Old 08.10.2009, 14:50
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fanny pack cracks me up too...
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Old 08.10.2009, 14:56
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I'm just going outside to smoke a fag. Take that how you want
Er....how else can it be interpreted besides the obvious?
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fanny pack cracks me up too...
fanny pack . . . *snigger*
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Old 09.10.2009, 18:38
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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

Although I was fully aware of the terms, I was still initially shocked the first time a guy came up to me and asked me if he could "bum a fag".

I can usually handle almost all culture shocks, but even knowing the terms this one caught me off guard.
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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

even the pronunciation gets me sometimes

yogurt pronounced yoy gurt - my kids now say to our aussie friends frields that we don't have any only yogurt pron yog as in jog
and project - prowject - it's prodject

and broccoli - is not broccolie - it's broccolee

lololol

and I complain about learning German

duvet - not doona
sweets not lollies (they are on sticks)
crisps not chips - you put salt and vinegar on chips


hmm - I have a lot of Aussie friends

the pants one gets me every time

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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

This morning I was reading Dr Seuss (as you do) and in this book chance rhymes with pants.

it doesn't where I come from...

where does he come from?
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even the pronunciation gets me sometimes

yogurt pronounced yoy gurt - my kids now say to our aussie friends frields that we don't have any only yogurt pron yog as in jog
and project - prowject - it's prodject

and broccoli - is not broccolie - it's broccolee

lololol

and I complain about learning German

duvet - not doona
sweets not lollies (they are on sticks)
crisps not chips - you put salt and vinegar on chips


hmm - I have a lot of Aussie friends

the pants one gets me every time

cazx
Sorry they are called chips. Crisp is a good word when
describing bacon.
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Old 14.10.2009, 12:03
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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

Not if your bacon is boiled with your spuds and cabbage!
The best crisps come in a packet.
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Old 14.10.2009, 12:03
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crisps not chips - you put salt and vinegar on chips
I like salt and vinegar on them either way... US "chips" (British "crisps") AND my US fries (British "chips").

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This morning I was reading Dr Seuss (as you do) and in this book chance rhymes with pants.

it doesn't where I come from...

where does he come from?
Now I'm curious how you pronounce those words.

I do pronounce "chance" and "pants" in such a way (the t sound in pants is not noticeable) they can make a rhyme like that.
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Old 14.10.2009, 12:12
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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

Rhyme where I come from too-the same "a" sound in both.
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Just don't ask someone to root something out for you in Australia!
Why is a wombat like a man?
Because he eats roots and leaves.

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Re: English, American, Indian, Oz, Kiwi, is it all English?!

When I first moved to America, we had much fun determining many words..... its the ones that you DONT know are different that are the funniest.

eg:
Me Talking to co-worker: "I went to the store and bought a really nice woolen jumper over the weekend, Ill wear it to work tomorrow"
Co-worker: "A knitted jumper? Really? And you are going to wear it to work?"
Me: 'yes" - not noticing the weird look I was getting

Next day

Me to Co-worker: - <twirling around> Look at my jumper
Co worker - thats a SWEATER not a jumper
Me: Oh!

Apparently - from what I can tell - a woolen jumper is a knitted pinafore dress... but Ive never been able to confirm.

This is also a great site for English words....
http://www.worldwidewords.org/index.htm

Another favourite of Americanism I have is:-
"Soup or Salad" to which I responded - No, I dont want a supersalad thankyou.
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Not if your bacon is boiled with your spuds and cabbage!
The best crisps come in a packet.

Except when they are homemade...
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Now I'm curious how you pronounce those words.
chAHHnce (as in what you say at the doctors)

and pänts as in ants.
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