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Things Americans don't understand

Post by Tim » August 28th, 2007, 5:04 pm

"Cos" lettuce.

"Torch".

"Guff".

"Where's the salad on my burger?" (you must specify lettuce and tomato, it's too tricky to make the connection otherwise)

"Take away".

"Jelly baby".

"Number plate".

"Indicator".

"Stroppy".



Lately I've been added "does that translate?" to stuff I say to my workmates when they give me odd looks. They also tend to take stuff literally - I have to be very careful about how I use phrases like "little bitch" and "batshit crazy".

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Post by Shaneus » August 28th, 2007, 5:36 pm

"Ta", as in thank-you.

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Post by Miles » August 28th, 2007, 6:33 pm

Ahahahahaha.

Care to translate some of those into U.S. english for us?

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Post by Shaneus » August 28th, 2007, 7:23 pm

Mine, roughly translated, is "Gimme".

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Post by Miles » August 28th, 2007, 9:23 pm

Lemon, Lime and Bitters
Cordial

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Post by unfnknblvbl » August 28th, 2007, 9:36 pm

they don't know Lemon, Lime and Bitters?

Fuck, America sucks arse. :thumbsdown:

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Post by nadnerb » August 28th, 2007, 9:47 pm

Things Americans don't understand....

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww[/youtube]

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Post by Adam » August 28th, 2007, 11:09 pm

Internet anecdote: A couple of years ago I called the Williams sisters 'bitches' and some American went batshit at me. It wasn't until three months later that I discovered (a) 'bitch' is derogatory to blacks in America and (b) the guy who went mental at me is black. Wanker.

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Post by Stu » August 29th, 2007, 2:19 am

nadnerb wrote:Things Americans don't understand....

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww[/youtube]
OI!!! :shock:

viewtopic.php?t=11348

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Post by Adam » August 29th, 2007, 8:12 am

"World"

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Re: Things Americans don't understand

Post by Tim » August 29th, 2007, 2:47 pm

Tim wrote:"Cos" lettuce.

"Torch".

"Guff".

"Where's the salad on my burger?" (you must specify lettuce and tomato, it's too tricky to make the connection otherwise)

"Take away".

"Jelly baby".

"Number plate".

"Indicator".

"Stroppy".
Romaine

Flashlight

Doesn't exist

Take out/to go

Doesn't exist

License plate

Turn signal

Doesn't exist

Thought of a new one - skoll. They say shotgun (phonegunning is where you ring up your mate, yell "phonegun!" and they have to run to the fridge and skoll a beer with you on the phone).

Another one - sook. They tend to use crybaby.
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Post by unfnknblvbl » August 29th, 2007, 4:15 pm

torch = flashlight?

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Post by mentalgoliath » August 29th, 2007, 4:54 pm

Things Americans don't understand............that sometimes tourists like to smile. It does not mean they are gay and trying to pick you up. It also means you should not try to hit said drunk Australian tourist with your cane!

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Post by Tim » August 29th, 2007, 7:00 pm

unfnknblvbl wrote:torch = flashlight?
Sorry, missed that in the list, so none of the others make sense either. Editing now :D

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Post by westical » August 29th, 2007, 11:30 pm

WTF is skoll?

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Post by eL LoCo » August 29th, 2007, 11:56 pm

Sculling (or however the hell you want to spell it :?) i assume, to consume large quantities of alcohol in the shortest period of time. :mrgreen:

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Post by nadnerb » August 30th, 2007, 7:06 am

Argod wrote:
nadnerb wrote:Things Americans don't understand....

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww[/youtube]
OI!!! :shock:

viewtopic.php?t=11348
I'm sorry, my bad!
I checked the Youtube thread before posting, and somehow missed your thread.

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Post by mkstvns » August 30th, 2007, 8:54 am

Candy, sidewalk, soda

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Post by Kirsty » August 30th, 2007, 5:15 pm

In England I have noticed the opposite when it comes to "indicators". I seem to be the only person who doesn't call it a turn signal.

And I have no idea what a Jelly Baby is - unless you are talking about the sweets?

However, I use all of the other "Americanisms" and it actually makes me laugh on the inside every time someone says "torch". I just picture a huge piece of wood with one end wrapped in cloth, dipped in kerosene and set ablaze.

Not that using something as ancient as that would be out of place in a country where their plumbing is older than Jesus.

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Post by Adam » August 30th, 2007, 10:00 pm

van wrote:Candy, sidewalk, soda
Ass, mm-dd-yy, sticking 'go' randomly in sentences.

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Post by Adam » August 30th, 2007, 10:04 pm

Also, how the hell do 300 million people avoid seeing jelly babies??

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Post by Stu » August 30th, 2007, 10:11 pm

In the 1960s, George Harrison of The Beatles stated in an interview that they were his favorite sweet. This caused their British fans to begin throwing packets or handfuls at the band while they played. American fans, not familiar with Jelly Babies, substituted the much harder and projectile-like jelly bean, much to the band's dismay. Because of the danger of being hit in the eye, John Lennon, who was short-sighted, had to stop wearing contact lenses on stage; this explains his statement in contemporary interviews that Paul McCartney enjoyed their concerts more than he, as Paul could see the gi
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Post by Pat » September 4th, 2007, 2:48 pm

Adam wrote:"World"
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Post by Tim » September 4th, 2007, 7:29 pm

Honest to god I said "I'll meet you in the car park" to someone the other day and he looked at me blankly. He actually said "I don't know what you mean - what's a car park?" without a hint of humour.

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Post by Shaneus » September 4th, 2007, 8:12 pm

Seriously? How the FUCK can that be?!?

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