Just Because You Speak English.........

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      Hiya Guys and Dolls,

      I was talking to our Froggy who recently moved to England and she was sharing some differences in the way some words are said. I googled some words and this is what i came up with. I thought it would be fun to share them.

      American vs British:

      apartment - flat

      argument - row

      baby carriage - pram

      band-aid - plaster

      bathroom - loo

      can  - tin

      chopped beef - mince

      cookie - biscuit

      corn - maize

      diaper - nappy

      elevator - lift

      eraser - rubber

      flashlight - torch

      fries - chips

      gas - pretrol

      guy - bloke, chap

      highway - motorway

      hood of car - bonnet

      jello - jelly

      lawyer - solicitor

      mail - post

      motor home - caravan

      movie theater  - cinema

      nothing - nought

      overpass - flyover

      pacifier - dummy

      parking lot - car park

      pharmacist - chemist

      potato chips - crisps

      sausage - banger

      sweater - jumper

      truck  - lorry

      trunk of car - boot

      vest - waist coat

      windshield - windscreen


      I am amazed by the differences in words! And this does not cover other English speaking countries and their differences!

      I remember one time having a convo with someone and he said i got "pissed" last night. And i said why were you mad? I think he laughed for ten minutes and replied nooooooo that means "drunk"!!

      If you know others please share!

      Lips

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      We also refer to chopped beef as ground beef in the US. That's what I call it anyway.

      Speaking of crisps, I ate some today that tasted like a roasted chicken. Never find that back home. Oddly enough it tasted just like a roasted chicken 
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      We have differences within the US too.

      When I moved to Minnesota, someone asked if I wanted a pop.  A what?!?  I said?  They were speaking of soda.  I had never heard it referred to as pop. 

      Some areas refer to soda simply as Coke. 
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      Hmm - so a vest is a waist coat...then what do you call what we call a vest?

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      Gabby we say "pop" in Chicago too!

      That is a called a "Tank Top" in that pic. Now if it had short sleeves it would be called a "T Shirt". Like the black "T shirts" that Simon Cowell wears. Or T shirts that you see with sayings on them or pictures or what a man would wear under a dress shirt.

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      I always loved this story about the differences in language from state to state in the US...
      My mother moved to Arkansas from New Jersey for a while because of my father's work and the first time she went to the store the lady at the counter rang up the item and collected the money... so far so good... then she asked my mom... "Yont a poke to tote it in?" ... well after my mom tried to figure this out and had her repeat the question a couple of times the lady pulled out a bag and shook it at her... aha! She meant "Do you want a bag to carry your purchase in?" 
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      I love the southern dialect and have roots from the south. One time while visiting i walked into a little grocery store cuz i needed batteries. I asked the cashier where the batteries were and she said...."they are right next to the hose in the back of the store".

      I looked high and low for a hose in that store and couldn't find it. I went back to her and said i can not find the batteries or the hoses. She looked at me kind of weird and walked me back to where they were. Here sitting right next to the pantyhose was the batteries! And i am looking for the garden hoses!

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      girl/woman = bird
      guy/man = geezer

      Been hearing a ton of that lately. OMG what do in the UK think of The Only Way is Essex??
      Shut Up! Babe! He's a bit jel.

      I can't stop watching this show and I have no idea why.

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      Ok now, this is gonna sound much worse than it is... but, it is not X-rated, so keep your mind out of the gutter so mine can float by... but, I was just wondering if Froggy had encountered any Spotted Dick since she has been in England?

      Now, calm down... Spotted Dick is a pudding like confection you buy in the supermarket... obviously they don't use that D word the way we do... When I heard about this dessert it was over the loudspeaker in a rural supermarket! My sister and I went into hysterics and had to go to the British food aisle and see for ourselves! 

      While there we not only found the Spotted Dick, but what cracked us up even more was a can of... MUSHY PEAS... now how is that for descriptive? The label gave instructions for storing the leftovers, which did not surprise us because sure enough nobody was going to eat a whole can of Mushy Peas!  amp;
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      It hasn't been in my mouth but I certainly have encountered spotted dick. I will have to try it because it looks delicious. 

      I love the brown sauce here. It's a great condiment that I keep finding things it tastes great on. My absolute favorite thing I have eaten is an Ivor Dewdney pasty. OMG this place has been open since the 30's and it is by far the best pasty in the south west! yummy

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      Lips trying hard to keep her mind out of the gutter........

      The pasty looks to die for!!! I wanna one sooo bad can ya mail me one froggy?
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      Another one for the gutter.
      All time classic for mishaps!
      American: Fanny- Bum
      British: Fanny (or a person making a fool of themself)- Vagina
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      lipstick_xoxos wrote:

      Lips trying hard to keep her mind out of the gutter........

      The pasty looks to die for!!! I wanna one sooo bad can ya mail me one froggy?



      Lips, it would be quicker if she faxed you one! You could have it today...

      There are differences in "sign language" too... whereas we have the one finger salute (often used to greet other drivers and does not mean "you are number one with me!") the British use a two finger salute... but it is important that you pay attention to which way the palm is facing toward you, they are ordering 2 of something, but if they show you the back of their hand  ... 'nuff said!  ;)  LOL  
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      Spotted dick is an old favourite of mine.  Try it piping hot with sugar (brown or white) and butter on top....OMG it is to die for.

      You're lucky to have a great pasty shop near you Froggy and West Country pasties are the best.  Send me one please!  

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      Here's another I heard and I had to ask about.

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