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post Sep 24 2004, 02:42 AM
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Looking at the English-English translations in Pab's thread made me think. From all you cats here, I've learned a bit about the various forms of English floating around the world.

I've quoted UK folks I've met and had to translate words like "holiday" and "fag" to their American counterparts and explain that there are more uses for the word "cheers" then what you say before slamming down a brew. "Why do they use different words like that?" "I don't know, man. They just do." I once saw a cartoon where these two Americans were working a store in London. A guy came in saying, "Pack of fags," to which one replied, "What'd you call us?" "No, it's a cigarette, mate," "I ain't your mate." The Meaning of Life was fun. "What pictures is he talking about?" "That's what they call movie theaters," "Well, why can't they just call them movie theaters?" (Ri slaps head)

When I went to Orlando, I met a lot of UK folks (many of which thought that the rest of Florida is like this, much like most of the people in US believe) and was able to understand what they were saying. It was a real "when in Rome" thing. I like being able to talk to UK visitors. It's fun.

Any thoughts on the crazy English-ness around the world? I know we've all had fun with this, I'm sure.


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post Sep 24 2004, 03:29 AM
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An American / Canadian disagreement as to meaning is the phrase "to table something"
If a Canadian tables something - it means it's brought out to be discussed and dealt with. If an American tables it - then it's been put to the side for discussion/solving some other time. Canadians tend to shelve it for later.


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post Sep 24 2004, 04:23 AM
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I haven't had much problem with Canadian English. I've been down with it more than I was UK English at first.


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post Sep 26 2004, 07:39 PM
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Well, A lot of Canadian kids & adults watch American TV programs so it's not to surprising that there's a lot of similarities.

I thought it amusing in the film " Meet Joe Black" that the old lady, speaking english in the hospital with admittedly with a strong Florida keys accent, was subtitled in english.


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post Sep 26 2004, 08:51 PM
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QUOTE (Ashbless @ Sep 24 2004, 04:29 AM)
An American / Canadian disagreement as to meaning is the phrase "to table something"
If a Canadian tables something - it means it's brought out to be discussed and dealt with.  If an American tables it - then it's been put to the side for discussion/solving some other time.  Canadians tend to shelve it for later.
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While "table" does exist in UK English as a verb, it's only used formally - once I was a delegate to the Model United Nations, and I tabled a motion. Motions are the only thing you table, really.


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post Sep 27 2004, 01:31 AM
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Hey Ri... Digging the Clerks Animated Series reference, man. Good stuff... good stuff. Anyway, English is fun! I can pretty much figure out a conversation with any English - Irish, British, Australian, American (save some ghetto speak.)

Engrish, however... that's a different story.


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post Sep 27 2004, 04:05 AM
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Just remember 'r' and 'l' are interchangable. As well 'n' and 'm' are the same sound and everything becomes clear and understandable.

English is a rough language to try to learn so I am impressed by those who chose to do so later in life. I've only the one language that I can mangle.


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post Sep 27 2004, 06:25 AM
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Mmmhmmm...yup...the English language...the English language and its various forms...hey, I'm a grammar nazi by trade...the ellipses are an intended effect...


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post Sep 27 2004, 09:47 PM
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Mmmhmmm...yup...the English language...the English language and its various forms...

Righteous, dude, you've been pwned. ^^

Effingpot is a humourous English-American dictionary. It's a funny read, going both ways.


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post Sep 27 2004, 10:08 PM
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QUOTE (gothictheysay @ Sep 27 2004, 01:25 AM)
Mmmhmmm...yup...the English language...the English language and its various forms...hey, I'm a grammar nazi by trade...the ellipses are an intended effect...
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Yeah, I was slightly buzzed when I wrote that. I noticed it later and it's been bugging me since.

It took me a half hour to explain to my brother the difference between chips, fries, chips and crisps. It was the difference between US chips and UK chips that got him. "So they call fries chips?" "Yeah." "So what are chips again?" "Fries." "No American chips." "Crisps." "Why din't they just call them chips?" "Cause that's what they call fries." "Chips?" "Yeah." "I thought they called them crisps." (Ri slaps head)

I needed a fag after that. tongue.gif

If you've seen Eurotrip, you may recall the conversation Cooper had with the rabid football fan (another cookie translation) where the rabid fan was going off using terms Coop had never heard and during a pause said, "Dude, you guys are on a whole different levevel of swearing than we are."

A similar conversation on football:
"So what do they call soccer in England?" "Football." "Well, what do they call football?" "Football's still football, but they call it American football." "What do they call American soccer?" "Football." "Wait, what's football again?" (Ri slaps head)


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post Sep 27 2004, 10:35 PM
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are these convos with your brother???

what annoys me is how ppl over here are starting to use american dilect (sp? and is that the right word)

there are some people that call chips fries, criptill generally crisp, but every now and again i hear american stuff spewing out of ppls mouths, generally the kind of people that listen to american rap music and almost forget they are english...


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post Sep 27 2004, 11:32 PM
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I always saw fries and chips as two different things. You get fries in McDonald's, you get chips at the chippie. Chips are thick cut, fries are not.


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post Sep 28 2004, 12:54 AM
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QUOTE (The Tortured Soul @ Sep 27 2004, 05:35 PM)
are these convos with your brother???
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No, man. Just the chips vs. fries vs. chips vs crisps debate. I've had similar conversations with other friends. They get confused because they're only used to American dialect.

And we call the thick-cut ones fries too, Sean. You're such a cigarette. wink.gif


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post Sep 28 2004, 02:01 AM
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One thing that really amazed me - tw*t is pronounced differently. I said it on the phone with Dayan, and he was absolutely confused, but when he said it, I told him he was saying it wrong .. and then we checked with British and American forumites only to find out the vowel is just different.


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QUOTE (syuu @ Sep 28 2004, 03:01 AM)
One thing that really amazed me - tw*t is pronounced differently. I said it on the phone with Dayan, and he was absolutely confused, but when he said it, I told him he was saying it wrong .. and then we checked with British and American forumites only to find out the vowel is just different.
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That's weird...so the way Americans say it doesn't rhyme with "cat"? How on Earth do you say it?


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post Sep 28 2004, 11:02 AM
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i'm in new zealand, and we have bits from both american-english and british-english,
but we couldn't be bothered differentiating between fries/crisps/chips so we call them all chips. it's easier.
more american-isms are starting to creep in to peoples speech though.


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One that amuses me and always will is how Fanny means bum in america but something in the wrong area in the UK. Great when my american born cousin comes over and talks about how she "bruised her fanny".

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post Sep 28 2004, 12:11 PM
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Tw*t is pronounced with an 'ah' sound. Almost like watt as in lightbulb.


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I've been sat here for five minutes or so trying to say it with the American accent. I physically can't do it.

I used to get accused of faking an American accent at school. It wasn't intentional. It was a Dutch accent. But that led to some funny conversations once people twigged.

I had a funny incedent a few weeks ago when my 2 year old (who speaks Dutch) was asking my boyfriend for a peanut butter sandwich. The Dutch word for it is pinda-kaas. Literal translation is peanut cheese. He picked up on the cheese but failed to see what peanuts had to do with sandwiches. It was funny watching them trying to get accross to each other what it was they wanted. The 2 year old was saying it all very slowly and very loudly, with a facial expression that clearly said "You're a bit dense really, aren't you" . I would've helped but I could hardly breathe for laughing.

Since then she's developed her verbal skills a little and now asks him for penguin cheese sandwiches...


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Effingpot is a humourous English-American dictionary. It's a funny read, going both ways.


Although that is a good website it is a little outdated in places.

For example number plates now have a different format to the one he describes

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post Sep 28 2004, 05:13 PM
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QUOTE (Ashbless @ Sep 28 2004, 02:11 PM)
Tw*t is pronounced with an 'ah' sound.  Almost like watt as in lightbulb.
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*Snigger*

"Twot". That's funny.
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Try asking the average American what 'bugger' means.

The guy who wrote Buffy the vampire slayer though it was a mild english curse word like 'drat' or 'darn', and included it in more that a few of Giles' lines. Then wondered why the BBC were so insistant on being able to sound-edit the show for the 6pm slot!

Another fun one to mark the difference between the UK and a lot of other places. The UK is one of the few places where buildings have a ground floor, then 1,2,3,4,etc... The USA and quite a few other places such as Japan start at the 1st floor and go up.


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Try asking the average American what 'bugger' means.

The guy who wrote Buffy the vampire slayer though it was a mild english curse word like 'drat' or 'darn',


Correct me please... tongue.gif


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post Sep 29 2004, 04:14 AM
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There is also the amusing UK word 'rubber' for an eraser. A rubber in Canada is a condom. So you may or may not want to ask the cute girl beside you for a rubber in class.


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