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Old 04-03-2008, 09:00 PM
 
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Or have a stroll through here....

//www.city-data.com/forum/unite...s-english.html

most enlightening, old bean.

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Old 04-03-2008, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I think the more you immerse yourself in the culture you will start picking things up. I highly recommend spending some quality time "down the pub".

The more TV you watch, magazines you read and books you read, the more you will pick up.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Or have a stroll through here....

//www.city-data.com/forum/unite...s-english.html

most enlightening, old bean.

I say. Smashing!

Thanks, chum!

(I think I'm getting the hang of it....)
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:58 AM
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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I know a few:

truck / lorry
apartment / flat
auto hood / bonnet
windshield / windscreen
for rent / for hire
charge purchase / hire purchase
flashlight / torch
railroad conductor / guard
drunk / blotto
knocked up / preggers
put together quickly / knocked up!

And if you really want to knock yourself out....

British, Canadian and American Vocabulary - A
Also
knocked up [as in pregnant] / knocked up
woken up [by someone]/ knocked up
put together quickly / knocked out
made unconscious/ knocked out



I was looking for ways to resurrect the British English to US English thread the other day actually, as things were getting a bit heavy on here but I see this has appeared (I was in London yesterday so missed most of it - boo! )
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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One thing I thought funny when I was in the UK, I was with my future Mother in law, I ran in the flat to look for something, when I came back out she asked "did you have any joy?" I didn't know what on earth she meant. They explained, here in the US we would have said "did you have any luck?"

Here in the US, people are mad when they are pi$$ed. In the UK, people are drunk when they are pi$$ed. Then there is taking the pi$$, what exactly does that mean, playing a joke on someone or kidding around with them?
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:39 PM
 
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Take The Pi**!../Take The Mickey!.., Means to jokingly mock someone.
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:10 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Then there is the bad word, begins with a c, four letters wrong, really nasty way to refer to a female here in the US, in the UK you guys use it for guys.
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Old 04-05-2008, 03:08 AM
 
Location: PERTH AUSTRALIA
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Here are a few more US /UK equivalents
sidewalk/pavement
fawcett/tap
trunk (car)/boot
muffler/exhaust
purse/handbag
wallet/purse (only men have wallets)
AND yanks don't use the word fanny for backside!! It refers to female genitals in the UK and you may get a black eye!
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:48 AM
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Location: Lincoln, UK
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One thing I thought funny when I was in the UK, I was with my future Mother in law, I ran in the flat to look for something, when I came back out she asked "did you have any joy?" I didn't know what on earth she meant. They explained, here in the US we would have said "did you have any luck?"
I think these days I tend to say "How did you go on?" in that scenario, although I'm not sure at what point I picked up "...go on?" in that context instead of the more normal "...get on?"

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Here in the US, people are mad when they are pi$$ed. In the UK, people are drunk when they are pi$$ed.
And of course "mad" doesn't mean angry here, it means insane. But then I think most people know both meanings.

And "smart" means well-dressed, not clever.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Eggplant/Aubergine
Cilantro/Coriander
Zucchini/courgette
RV/Camper Van
Cotton Candy/Candy Floss
Jumble sale/yard sale /car boot sale ( kinda)
parking lots/car parks
drugstore/chemist
cider/apple juice
hard cider/cider
chips/crisps
resume/CV
arugula/rugola
band aid/plaster
broil/grill
grill/BBQ


As Oscar Wilde it truly is 2 Nations separated by a common language !
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