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Originally posted by wearewatchingyouman
one of my favorites is the difference in pronunciation of aluminum... I have some british neighbors here in the states and it took me forever to figure out what in the # they were asking me for...lol
Originally posted by Ozscot
I'm curious about words used in the English Language and in particular the USA compared with words used in Britain.
How come Americans call it 'Gas' when we Brits call it Petrol and it's not a Gas it's a fluid lol?
And 'Pants' - Pants is like Knickers or underwear in Britain - we call them trousers - is there anywhere in the USA that they are called 'Trousers' and it's just the prevalence of the word pants in movies from Hollywood that makes me think all Americans call them that?
There's heaps more but I'm curious to know if these words in particular are universal in the USA or just local words which have risen to prominence?
Sorry if it all seems rather trivial - but it's Good Friday here in Australia and a lazy day and I'm really genuinely interested. More so because my wife just finished her first novel which I had to edit for 'Americanisms' - I set aside 48 hours to do it and it took me a week as there were so many.
Originally posted by snowman9364
reply to post by mclarenmp4
So here in the states one could say " I saw 2 fags smokin a bum in an alley", and it would make sense.. but in the UK it wouldnt...
no offense to anyone...
In America, a nappy is a small bowl used for fruit or dessert, in Britain, it's a diaper!!
So here in the states one could say " I saw 2 fags smokin a bum in an alley", and it would make sense.. but in the UK it wouldnt... no offense to anyone...