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Old Jun 22nd 2014, 5:35 pm
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Old Jun 22nd 2014, 6:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post

I think the problems are all going this way. I can't think of an Americanism that won't be understood over there, as you said.
I don't know. As a matter of principle, if an American ever says anything to me while in England, I think I'll look extremely sceptical, and say "I beg your pardon?" (Even if in fact I understood them perfectly.)
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I don't know about US - UK, but I've had some funny moments in the UK when using terminology that's common in Oz.

Scouse and I were staying with friends one Wednesday, and as they headed off to work I said 'cheer up, at least it's hump day'. They went off all flustered
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Americans, particularly females, might want to avoid discussing their fanny in the UK
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I don't know about US - UK, but I've had some funny moments in the UK when using terminology that's common in Oz.

Scouse and I were staying with friends one Wednesday, and as they headed off to work I said 'cheer up, at least it's hump day'. They went off all flustered
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I don't know. As a matter of principle, if an American ever says anything to me while in England, I think I'll look extremely sceptical, and say "I beg your pardon?" (Even if in fact I understood them perfectly.)
Exactly! For me, it's if a Canadian speaks to me. I need to start practising that look of "You've grown a second head," while screwing up my face and saying, "Huh?"
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This is what I find. When I'm in England, the British vocabulary and syntax comes naturally. One that does trip me up, though, is when someone bumps into me in a crowded shop etc. I tend to say "excuse me" when I tank the correct British response would be "sorry." (Maybe I got that the wrong way around?)
The correct British response is "Did you just spill me pint?"
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Americans, particularly females, might want to avoid discussing their fanny in the UK
I'll have to remember that. If in England, look a bit disapproving if women come up to me intent on discussing their fanny.

But in the US it's OK.

I think I got it.
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Let's see . . . there's biscuits/cookies and sweets/candy but what about phrases or expressions? It will be a lot harder to come up with some of those.
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Let's see . . . there's biscuits/cookies and sweets/candy but what about phrases or expressions? It will be a lot harder to come up with some of those.
I really don't think you will have a problem. As I said in my post earlier today...most Brits can put 2 and 2 together and easily work out what you are talking about.
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Here's an expression - sort of

Trash bag vs bin liner.
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You will not be using a trundler to collect your groceries . Trundlers are for toddlers to aid walking. You will be, quite rightly, using a trolley.

Please do not consistently tell people to 'Have a Nice Day' , You might end up with yer lights punched out.
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You will not be using a trundler to collect your groceries . Trundlers are for toddlers to aid walking. You will be, quite rightly, using a trolley.

Please do not consistently tell people to 'Have a Nice Day' , You might end up with yer lights punched out.
Ha ha!! I love it when the cashiers in the grocery stores here tell me to have a nice day because I usually "hear it" when I have had a bad day! lol

Good one about the trolley, too, although I have never heard the term, "trundler". I will have to get used to calling them trolleys instead of carts.
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You will not be using a trundler to collect your groceries . Trundlers are for toddlers to aid walking. You will be, quite rightly, using a trolley.

Please do not consistently tell people to 'Have a Nice Day' , You might end up with yer lights punched out.
You must be off your trundler mate.
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'She bangs' in English is 'She fringes'.
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