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Posted: 20-Aug-2006, 12:09 PM
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QUOTE (gaberlunzie @ 20-Aug-2006, 01:14 PM)
American businessmen tend to use the term "bird" as an airplane.  As in 'I just got off the bird this morning'.  In Britain "bird" means a girl - another one to get you into trouble!  tongue.gif  biggrin.gif

Another great phrase is "keep your pecker up", very British and more or less means "be positive/keep your head up".  In the US it is down right rude as 'pecker' refers to the male anatomy.  eek.gif  oops.gif

In the U.S. "flitting" is used when moving house - as in "I'm flitting".  I am sure in the South of England this would be confused with the term "moonlight flit" which means leaving without paying your bills.!!!  rolleyes.gif

"Durex" in the U.K. is a make of "condom", whereas, I believe in the UK and Australia this is a self adhesive tape - NOW THAT COULD GET YOU INTO TROUBLE!!!!  laugh.gif

lol.gif yes I'd heard about the Durex name in Australia being for sticky tape too smile.gif

I believe here in the UK the term 'flitting' to mean moving is more common in the Yorkshire/Lancashire areas but it is used smile.gif

I've just been reminded of another one whilst reading a thread on here.

Over in the US you call trousers 'pants' ... here 'pants' are your underwear biggrin.gif


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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 05:15 AM
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When I was stationed in England, they gave us a list of US to UK phrases to try and help us avoid misunderstandings. I will try and get the list here, but some of my favorites pairs are:

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1) Pants Trousers
Underwear Pants

2) Suspenders Braces
Garters Suspenders (Used for nylons)


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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 09:39 AM
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dang the only one i can think of besides

shag= ahhhhhhhhh...... ummmmmm (thanks to austin powers) is

bum = a..... i mean buttocks biggrin.gif

do they still use the term pate for head?


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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 02:11 PM
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QUOTE (dundee @ 21-Aug-2006, 04:39 PM)


do the still use the term pate for head?

I think so, there is the word "rattle - pate" ... tongue.gif rolleyes.gif

If you are an American guy named Randy and you want to introduce yourself to a British lady, please NEVER start with "I'm Randy" as "randy" means "horny"....could cause some confusion at least, eh? wink.gif


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Heh heh -- I remember shocking a scottish friend once buy using the word "boner," which here means (or can mean) a really stupid, wrongheaded mistake that should have been prevented. That's not what he thought it meant, though. smile.gif
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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 04:33 PM
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I've got one that my grandmother used alot........knock you up......it meant knock on my bedroom door to wake me....

another was her dooryard...it meant her front yard

she loved her spotted dick(i'll leave you to figure that one yourselves!!! wink.gif ), then there was always bangers and mash.....treacle pie was another


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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 06:50 PM
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That's another one I've been wondering about since I first heard the Castles of Gold CD.

What on God's Green Earth is Treacle??????????????? Best I can figure by context on that CD is some kind of jam or preserves.


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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 06:57 PM
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Treacle is molasses.Another difference!


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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 07:43 PM
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ohh, ok. thanks. smile.gif

Not something I'll be running out to find, personally. Never been a fan of the stuff. It's neat to watch being made though.
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There's different weights of it. The really heavy dark stuff is bitter and strange. It adds something indefinable bue necessary to the flavor of other things, though. I wouldn't make a bran muffin without it.

There's "cookie" and "biscuit" too. To me, a biscuit is a short dough kind of bread, not a sweet.
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Posted: 21-Aug-2006, 09:31 PM
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And a truck is a lorry. Never figured that one out.


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This may be Scottish specific

UK - US
Baffies - Slippers


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Friends of mine were discussing language barriers over at another forum. One of our members who is actually from England sent us this.

Of course if you want a bit of fun how about this for language..
see if you can translate without looking it up or googling it!

The old trouble and strife went down the frog and toad in the jam jar, and upon returning went straight up the apples and pears to sheet street blanket hill..I was relieved I can tell you!


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The wife went down the road in the car. When she got back, went straight up the stairs to bed.

How close did I get?


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Just about spot on Ed biggrin.gif it's not general language over here but Cockney rhyming slang.

Treacle is the dark black stuff that we buy here - there is also a lighter one called Golden Syrup (yummy with your oats!) I've got both in my cupboard smile.gif

Raven - yes baffies are slippers and it is a Scottish word.

The subject of Scottish dialect and words is a totally different topic!! lol.gif but you may enjoy browsing this site!
http://www.firstfoot.com/php/glossary/phpg...ex.php?letter=*
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