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Old 22.11.2010, 12:22
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Since arriving in Switzerland, I have come across some English words and expressions which got a bit scrambled... so here are a few which are now part of my dictionary:

Fluffy Bag = Jiffy Bag

Crumpled Egg = Scrambled Egg

Spider = Cider (after a couple of large glasses of Addlestones on a visit to England, I guess it's understandable how this could be confuddled...)

Smashed Potato = Mashed Potato

Meal = Meat (my Swiss colleague just can't get this one right... after 3 years she is still calling meat meal)

Leaves = Sleeves

But, having laughed heartily at these, I am also cringing at my inability to speak Swiss German... doesn't make me feel better, much.

Anyone got any more??
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Old 22.11.2010, 12:35
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Stand up = get up (out of bed)
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Old 22.11.2010, 12:44
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'Crumpled egg' and 'spider' have to be my faves.

I think I'll start using them too...
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Re: New English Words

Bath tube = bath tub
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Got off my home trainer last night and discovered that I had really
Betty Swollocks.
Had a shower, felt great afterwards.

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Old 22.11.2010, 13:04
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Re: New English Words

Those are all new for me actually. But I find similar improper sentances from many esl people here.

eg: Instead of "Can I borrow a.." or "coud you lend me a..", I hear "Could you borrow me a.."
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Old 22.11.2010, 13:06
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I have an online game character called that...
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Old 23.11.2010, 16:28
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Re: New English Words

LOL! They don't come often but are like the number 49 bus, you wait ages and then two come at once... here are today's gems:

S'teemer = Dimmer (for the light)

Pharmacodingdingding = Pharmacovigilence (This one is definitely part of my vocab now)

(I know a band in Eastbourne called the Betties - they used to be called Betty Swollocks...ew)
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Old 23.11.2010, 16:54
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Arriving in CH before beamers were popular, I always assumed "beamer" was the correct English word for them.

Until I got odd looks from the secretary in England when I asked if she had one that I could use.
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I hear "can you borrow me..." all the time, something I have trouble with is the following, I always say I'll take out my shoes (I know it is wrong) instead of take off my shoes, my husband has quite a laugh And yes I do take out my shoes when I wear them
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Old 23.11.2010, 17:30
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Beamer - what is it called in English then? I came here long before they came into use and I thought it was English too.
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Old 23.11.2010, 17:32
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Pharmacodingdingding = Pharmacovigilence (This one is definitely part of my vocab now)

Ha! This one will definitely come in handy... I think I know a few native speakers who use that term.
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Old 23.11.2010, 17:32
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Beamer - what is it called in English then? I came here long before they came into use and I thought it was English too.
Slang for BMW.
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Beamer - what is it called in English then? I came here long before they came into use and I thought it was English too.
I think they just call 'em projectors. Beamer is a much better word.
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Old 23.11.2010, 17:37
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Re: New English Words

Some that come to mind are

surfer = server (as in mail server, file server etc)

spanner = dirty old man

excursion = day trip of any description

showmaster = TV presenter
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Slang for BMW.
Actually, no.

That's N. American slang, but over here, it's a projector - they won't know what the hell you're going on about if you refer to a car as a beamer...
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Any more suggestions for 'beamer'. Doesn't make all that much difference I suppose as I'm never talking English when I'm having anything to do with beamers anyway.

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Old 23.11.2010, 17:51
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Any more suggestions for 'beamer'. Doesn't make all that much different I suppose as I'm never talking English when I'm having anything to do with beamers anyway.
I've always called them Video projectors.
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Actually, no.

That's N. American slang, but over here, it's a projector - they won't know what the hell you're going on about if you refer to a car as a beamer...
I think that's what amogles was saying . . . that a beamer was a BMW, in English slang. That's certainly what it means in London. In business/international English (i.e. what I hear in the office here in Zürich) it's what I would call a projector.
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Any more suggestions for 'beamer'.
OHP - Overheadprojektor
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