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Old 06-19-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Why do London's eastenders say, "Just 'ad me a gold watch and went down the apples and pairs to find the loo but I slipped and ended up on me Khyber Pass!" ????

This thread is lame.


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Old 06-19-2009, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Hmmm ... I think I'll start a new thread. I'll call it:

"Darn it, it's a TRUNK, not a BOOT, for crying out loud!"

Or maybe:

"Why can't you Limeys call it a shopping cart instead of a trolley?"
Or, why can't they call it a line instead of a queue? To me, city fanatic, the word queue just doesn't look right. I think queue must be a commie... no wait, a hippie... no wait, a terrorist. Either way, no matter what it must be, it doesn't sit right with my refined insular sensibilities.

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Why do London's eastenders say, "Just 'ad me a gold watch and went down the apples and pairs to find the loo but I slipped and ended up on me Khyber Pass!" ????

This thread is lame.


ABQConvict
And at one time, that would have meant only that this thread can't walk. Since it really can't move at all, I suppose it is lame (but that's besides the point - holidays are only for worshipping gawd!)
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:52 PM
 
Location: USA
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Doesn't everybody know that the English English is the right one? American English is a derivative but not near as nice or pretty.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I would like to point out that City Fanatic started this discussion by talking down and being rude to an Englishman who posted how much he enjoyed his trip to the US and how nice everyone was to him. City Fanatic, you have inspired me to start using the word holiday the same way the Brits do.
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Old 06-19-2009, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Bray, Ireland
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Doesn't everybody know that the English English is the right one? American English is a derivative but not near as nice or pretty.
Tbh, in some cases American English is better than British English, in my opinion, as words are more phonetic. Like centre is center, it just looks better!

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I would like to point out that City Fanatic started this discussion by talking down and being rude to an Englishman who posted how much he enjoyed his trip to the US and how nice everyone was to him. City Fanatic, you have inspired me to start using the word holiday the same way the Brits do.
I'm Irish, but I do appreicate the sentiment

Different words are used in different regions, its no big deal, we should respect each others customs
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Old 06-20-2009, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Bolton,UK
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I am going to take a guess on this. Historically the British were the first to go through the industrial revolution. The working people, formerly from rural areas and small towns crowded into cities under horrible conditions and literally worked their life away 24/7. This was before the safety net, unions and things we take for granted like a 40 work week --- so for some working class people the only time they ever had off was a half day on Sunday and on HOLIDAYS. So people started thinking of Holidays the way we think of mini vacations here in North America.
You are 100% correct.

My town Bolton in Northern England was just like that. the cotton mill industry was once huge in this town and the working hours were anything up to 16 hours a day,the working conditions also bad.
During the summer the mills would shut down for 2 week for repair to machinery etc,etc.

These 2 weeks, last week of June and first week of July became to be known as the Bolton holidays .

Under textile manufacture.

Bolton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-20-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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There is more than one English English. Some are nice, some are not (West Midlands, Brummie, Scouse, anyone?)

There is more than one American English, too. Some are nice, some are not.

I agree that the de-frencification of English spelling in America is a good thing. (centre>center, programme>program, etc).


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Old 06-20-2009, 01:46 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Why does City Fanatic call himself that? he must not be american because "fanatic" actually originally meant an insane person......

oh, wait, that's perfect.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:43 PM
 
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It's funny because I'm an American from the West Coast I've used the phrase "on a holiday" fairly often--and until this thread I've never thought twice about it. I must have picked it up from living in Canada for four years or from all the friendly British travelers I’ve met over the years. And also the use of swear words like "arse" and "boll-ocks" sounds so much better than our American equivalents.
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