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Old 10-14-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Originally Posted by Mightyqueen801 View Post
" Obviously there aren't pubs in America "

This is quite possibly one of the most bizarre statements I've ever read on C-D.
I don't know. I mean I think there are things in the US pretty much the same as a British pub, but do we call them pubs? (I mean except as an affectation. Bear in mind I don't drink alcohol)
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:20 PM
 
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Yes, I wish that Europeans who criticize Americans for not knowing different languages or not traveling outside the country very much, would remember that North America is a huge land mass with only three countries and only three widely spoken languages (English, Spanish and French). It's not just a question of popping into the old 2CV and taking a Sunday spin acoss two or three national borders, ya know. Cut us a little break, OK?
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: MN
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I don't know. I mean I think there are things in the US pretty much the same as a British pub, but do we call them pubs? (I mean except as an affectation. Bear in mind I don't drink alcohol)

Yes, we call them pubs.

ever heard of a Dive Bar?

We call "social drinking establishments" many things -

Clubs, bars, pubs, dive bar, ect.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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Yes, we call them pubs.

ever heard of a Dive Bar?

We call "social drinking establishments" many things -

Clubs, bars, pubs, dive bar, ect.
...skin bars, discos, taverns, waterin' holes...
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:15 PM
 
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i am American so not a "foreigner" in this context, but I've always been amazed there are no obese people in Europe.
None? You've obviously never been to Great Britain, or Australia (yes, I know Australia isn't "Europe").
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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I have never encountered the same in other European countries, like England, France or Spain.

Weird. I can't see the point with the gap. What a about some privacy?
Why are Europeans so paranoid and puritanical about bathroom stalls?

Nobody's going to try to sneak a peek at your little pee-pee, it's just an easy way to tell whether a stall is occupied or not instead of having to knock and disturb somebody's concentration.
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: THE THRONE aka-New York City
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Yes, I wish that Europeans who criticize Americans for not knowing different languages or not traveling outside the country very much, would remember that North America is a huge land mass with only three countries and only three widely spoken languages (English, Spanish and French). It's not just a question of popping into the old 2CV and taking a Sunday spin acoss two or three national borders, ya know. Cut us a little break, OK?
Exactly theres so many states and cities in america alone, we dont really have time for all of that. Its easier overseas when u can drive three hours or less and be in another country
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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A 'Pub' is a public house. Any bar that does not require membership or have a door charge (entrance fee) is a pub by the common definition. In the U.K. there are legal qualifications that govern how a pub is operated. This creates a legalistic definition for 'pub' which lacks in the States.

To me, if it looks like a pub, sounds like a pub, and smells like a pub, it is a pub wherever in the world it may be found.



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Old 10-15-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: SWE
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I'm from the US, but it seems like the point of drinking in the US is to get drunk. While, in Europe, many drink for the pleasure of the drink itself.
I don't know about the rest of Europe, but i'm from Finland and i totally disagree with you.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: 59N
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We got pretty much the same (excessive) drinking culture in Norway too but I think Finland is even more extreme.
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