Do the Yanks speak the same language as us?

#2
msr said:
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msr
Since moving to Blighty, I have run into problems with the word "spunk" before. (Note to self: never describe oneself as "spunky" to the Tankie's colleagues.)

I have also been titillated, and then rapidly disappointed, upon finding out what the show "Flog It!" was really about.

And if you want to be laughed at by pizzafaced 16-year-old ASDA workers, ask someone where the "restroom" is instead of the toilet.
 
#5
There's an industry legend in my biz to this effect: On the first day of a New York expat at her London office, she asked where her new supervisor was and was told he was outside blowing a fag. Cue phonecall to head office...
 
#6
When i was working in florida was asked where a colleague was without thinking "he is out having a fag " Didn't understand why they all collapsed in laughter :lol: .
 
#7
Heard of an Aussie getting into a fight in NY after walking up to a young couple in a bar, turning to the female and asker her if she had a spare fag.
 
#8
My mate moved to North Carolina when he was 15 and his worst moment was saying out loud (in a crowded locker room whilst half naked) "I'm dying for a fag!" 8O
 

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#9
As to cigarettes I'm sure its not advisable to wander through the streets of the US (especially SF) trying to 'cadge' a cigarette with the phrase 'Excuse me, can I bum a fag?'

regarding the same language, they use the same roman alphabet, even the same vocabluary (with odd spellings admittedly!!) but when it comes to intellectual processes we are as different as chalk and cheese, despite 60 years of Hollywood, Rock and Roll, Baseball caps, and bubblegum.

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/p=454850.html#454850

see what I mean?
 
#10
Aussies are as bad. Invited to a party by a friend of a friend, I asked the dress code and was told: "Nothing fancy, we'll just be wearing the usual pants and thongs." :? 8O

For those that don't speak Australian, that's trousers and flip-flop-type footwear.
 
#11
Beaune, Burgundy, having walked the cellar, sipping gently as you do with the neat (theres an American word) tastevin and having sampled about 30 wines. An American couple asked if I spoke French and could I help them with what the cellarman was saying.

'I can't' says i 'I'm too pissed.

They didn't ask me why I was angry, but you get the idea.
 
#12
I called someone a complete and utter twat once around here, and barely escaped with my life.

Fanny is another questionable word, as is rubber.

Almost a year into my Iraq tour, my guys still didn't understand everything I said.
"All the TCs to my tank for a chinwag" "A what?!"

"Hold up, three, I've got to lower my antennae" "Your what?" "My antennae" "You mean antennas?" "No, Antennae. A-E. Plural" "I call BS on that. We'll ask the English teacher. Four?" "Yes, three, it's true. Antennae is the old english plural" "Old English!? I still speak it!"

NTM
 
#13
There's a Brit pub in Santa Monica, CA - can't remember the name at the moment, long time since I was there (mid-80s) - where I spent many an interesting moment trying to explain to locals that 'faggots and peas' was a meal and not some sort of deviancy!
 
#15
and of course there is the Story of Richard Burton who, whilst shooting a Film scene in America, was told by the Director to "Pat her on the Fanny" ...which is exactly what he did....and received a slap on the Chops for doing so...In USAland a Woman`s Fanny is her Bum and not her front carpeting!

:D
 

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#16
California_Tanker said:
"Hold up, three, I've got to lower my antennae" "Your what?" "My antennae" "You mean antennas?" "No, Antennae. A-E. Plural" "I call BS on that. We'll ask the English teacher. Four?" "Yes, three, it's true. Antennae is the old english plural" "Old English!? I still speak it!"
'The biological scientist will insist that the creatures have antennae; an electronics technician writes about the antennas of a microwave installation.' OED, from 1961 Word Study Apr. 3/1. (and by the way isn't antennae a Latin Plural as opposed to 'Old English'?)

MSI64 said:
My father in law doesnt understand "fill your boots mate"
and you must be Australian if you say mate!
or a crew member on HMS Britain :wink:

(as a futher post script an english aquaintance moved to the US. Local asked 'where are you from?'. 'Coventry' came the reply 'Really...' replied the Americans 'How long did it take you to learn such good English?' The chap smiled wryly and said 'Oh...about 2-3 years!')

(oh why not...I'm on a role. My aunt recounted a story of when she took some American visitors to Windsor. They stood in awe of the castle, then one ventured 'It sure is a beautiful castle, just....couldn't they have built it futher away from the airport?')
 
#17
Trackpen said:
There's a Brit pub in Santa Monica, CA - can't remember the name at the moment, long time since I was there (mid-80s) - where I spent many an interesting moment trying to explain to locals that 'faggots and peas' was a meal and not some sort of deviancy!
Ye Olde King's Head (Santa Monic Blvd/Ocean)? The Britannia (Santa Monica/2nd St)? The Cock and Bull (Lincoln)? B@stards. If they were real British pubs I wouldn't have to tip the feckin' bar staff. :evil: At least the Kings Head has the decency to have arranged for a curry house to be conveniently located across the road. The Cock and Bull wanted $20 from me on Saturday morning, just to come in and watch the rugby. Feckin' Manc gobshite landlord.

I echo CT's comments about tw@t and cnut. They were expelled from my vocabulary- until I discovered Arrse. Since then I have been in rather hot water on a couple of occasions. Perversely however, the Spams tend to only use cnut when referring to the women-folk, as opposed to the UK and The Antipodes where it is most usually stated in reference to a bloke.

Still, when all is said and done, and with the above mentioned words not withstanding, the British accent and diction still invariably works wonders with the bumpy fronts. It actually doesn't hurt to throw in one or two "quaint" phrases for effect. "Oops-a-daisy" and "Cheerio, then" usually raise a smile and I'm ashamed to say I actually used the phrase "toodle-pip" once to a bird in the office whom I was trying to violate. Worked like a charm. :twisted:

On the other hand and on reflection, now I understand why most Spam blokes think we're bent; incidentally another word that's a source of endless confusion.
 
#20
Despite it's proximity to a location selling (American) curry, the cum from Satan's rotten ball sack, Ye Olde King's Head also sells Weetabix and is therefore a good place!

This thread reminds me of the old quote that Britain and America are two nations seperated by a common language! Oscar Wilde, wasn't it?
 

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