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Old Jun 23rd 2014, 2:10 am
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
You must be off your trundler mate.
Hmmm . . . similar to off one's rocker, I think?
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Old Jun 23rd 2014, 2:22 am
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Originally Posted by windsong View Post
Hmmm . . . similar to off one's rocker, I think?
I'm just being silly.

You'll be fine over there, people watch a lot of US films and TV anyway, and go to Florida, they will understand you.
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Old Jun 23rd 2014, 3:43 am
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
I'm just being silly.

You'll be fine over there, people watch a lot of US films and TV anyway, and go to Florida, they will understand you.
Don't be so sure. It works both ways. I remember when, not long after I moved to California in 1977, I got a bit lost so I went into a gas station (sorry garage) and asked the fellow behind the cash register (guy on the checkout) if he had a map.

"A map?" said he, "Why, what have you spilled?"

True story.
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Old Jun 23rd 2014, 3:46 am
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Originally Posted by Novocastrian View Post
Don't be so sure. It works both ways. I remember when, not long after I moved to California in 1977, I got a bit lost so I went into a gas station (sorry garage) and asked the fellow behind the cash register (guy on the checkout) if he had a map.

"A map?" said he, "Why, what have you spilled?"

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Originally Posted by spouse of scouse View Post
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
I think they were just odd . I've heard that expression a lot over the years in the UK before I moved over here.
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Originally Posted by Novocastrian View Post
Don't be so sure. It works both ways. I remember when, not long after I moved to California in 1977, I got a bit lost so I went into a gas station (sorry garage) and asked the fellow behind the cash register (guy on the checkout) if he had a map.

"A map?" said he, "Why, what have you spilled?"

True story.
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mobile phone, instead of cell phone is one that comes to mind.
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Old Jun 23rd 2014, 6:28 am
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It's amazing the number of people who travel between the US and UK each day and can make themselves understood. Personally been doing it for almost 20 years.

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Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
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?)
Actually the true test of Englishness is that BOTH parties should simultaneously and immediately say "Sorry".
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It's amazing the number of people who travel between the US and UK each day and can make themselves understood. Personally been doing it for almost 20 years.
It's that piece of cardboard and black sharpie that you carry.
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Old Jun 23rd 2014, 2:06 pm
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This is a bit rude, sorry...but the expression that always used to make me giggle here is 'he's so spunky!' and the Otis spunkmeyer cookies.

There, I've put you all off your breakfast now.
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This is a bit rude, sorry...but the expression that always used to make me giggle here is 'he's so spunky!' and the Otis spunkmeyer cookies.

There, I've put you all off your breakfast now.
Have never seen them

"Hi, I'm Randi" sometimes still takes me aback.
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Have never seen them

"Hi, I'm Randi" sometimes still takes me aback.
Do you hear that a lot then?
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Do you hear that a lot then?
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Have never seen them

"Hi, I'm Randi" sometimes still takes me aback.
Yes, Randi isn't a name you hear much in the UK...
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