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Old Dec 7th 2003, 10:52 pm
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Anyone come across any new American English words or terms since moving over? Here are some I've found from reading the local rag:

winningest: e.g. How 'bout them Cowboys? They've won all of their games this season ( I wish) and are the winningest team in the NFC East.
burglarize: burgle
unhealthful: unhealthy
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Old Dec 7th 2003, 11:17 pm
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Wait till you hear them using nouns as verbs, and adjectives. Sad thing is though, they don't know it's incorrect.

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Originally posted by Poshpaws
Wait till you hear them using nouns as verbs, and adjectives. Sad thing is though, they don't know it's incorrect.

Unlike you judging by the way you had to edit your posting.
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The one that gets me most is the use of "values" as a synomym for deals or bargains.

Car dealers, electronics stores, and groceries all run radio/ TV adverts telling us that they have the "best values".
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How about always using "Two times" instead of "Twice"
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Doc,

Yes I made a typo...and knew it!
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Originally posted by Poshpaws
Wait till you hear them using nouns as verbs, and adjectives. Sad thing is though, they don't know it's incorrect.
Yup, "vacation" is also not a verb - hear it all the time though!


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One thing that I've heard more in the US than in the UK (if ever) is saying "one fourth" instead of a quarter, as in "a quarter of a cup" or "a quarter of packet".

What brought this to mind was hearing Martha Stewart say "one fourth" on her cooking show on the Food Network in the last few days.




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you never hear yanks tell the time like we do.

(UK) ten past nine
(US) ten after nine
or
(UK) ten to eight
(US) ten till eight.

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Originally posted by Ash UK/US
you never hear yanks tell the time like we do.

(UK) ten past nine
(US) ten after nine
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(UK) ten to eight
(US) ten till eight.

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I don't think many Americans say "x to y o'clock" either. e.g. 20 to 4 (3.40pm) or "quarter to seven" (6.45pm).




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Originally posted by NC Penguin
I don't think many Americans say "x to y o'clock" either. e.g. 20 to 4 (3.40pm) or "quarter to seven" (6.45pm).




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yeap your right... I can't recall anyone saying 'half past' or quarter too' either.

Very seldom hear them using the 24 hour clock either it always seems to be 1am or 1pm V's 1.00 or 13.00

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Originally posted by Ash UK/US
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Very seldom hear them using the 24 hour clock either it always seems to be 1am or 1pm V's 1.00 or 13.00

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Oh, no! Use of the 24 hr clock is called military time in the US. Non-military/civilians use the am/pm way of timekeeping.

I prefer to use the 24 hour clock in writing because it eliminates any confusion (unless you're not at all familar with the 24 hr clock).




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My wife had no idea what 2100 or 1700 meant everytime I sent her my travel details. I had to break it back down to 7pm or 7am so she new exactly what time to pick me up from the airport.
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Originally posted by NC Penguin
Oh, no! Use of the 24 hr clock is called military time in the US. Non-military/civilians use the am/pm way of timekeeping.

I prefer to use the 24 hour clock in writing because it eliminates any confusion (unless you're not at all familar with the 24 hr clock).




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Weird too how the military write the date the way most english people do 8th Dec 2003 V's Dec 8th 2003. I learned very quickly on writing it the american way... people look at you like you are stupid if you write it the english way.

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My American fiance didn't have a clue what a fortnight was!
I had to explain that it meant 'two weeks'.

One word which I've hated since day one here, (which is a real word according to the dictionary) is flavorful.
Tasty or full of flavor would've been better descriptions.
(Of course it helps if the person cooking the item doesn't incinerate it)!! LOL

What I don't get though, is why on earth there have to be three choices when it comes to clothing for the 'fairer sex': womens, misses and juniors??

As if there weren't enough things to make a decision about already!!!
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