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Why do Americans call petrol 'gas'

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posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:35 PM
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when its clearly a liquid??

Just saying....




posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:37 PM
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I call it fuel .


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posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:39 PM
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Well I have to speak form myself on this one. I call it gas because its short for gasoline.



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:41 PM
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Originally posted by anon102
Well I have to speak form myself on this one. I call it gas because its short for gasoline.


lmfao, makes sense I guess



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:41 PM
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Lmbo! Why do you call it "petrol"?
Gas is short for gasoline? Other than that I have no clue

Because my mom called it gas?



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:42 PM
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Why do europeans call "kerosene " "parafin"??????
why ask why???????
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posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:45 PM
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I thought parafin was wax.....hmmm? spelling?



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:45 PM
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Is a bird in the hand worth two in the bush?

Do dogs chase cats?



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:46 PM
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'gas' at a filling station is abbreviated slang terminology for Gasoline. 'gas' was introduced into the American vernacular before most of us were born, in advertisements from fuel companies.

we're the rocker arm asembly, assembly, assembly, assembly
we're the rocker arm assembly, and we don't like dirt
to keep our engines running clean
we use Mobil Gasoline
more and more and more and more and more

that is a TV commercial ditty from when I was a boy



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:47 PM
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Hahaha so true, figured i'd ask jeeves on this one...




posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:50 PM
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Lmbo! Why do you call it "petrol"?


in Australia we call it fuel or Petrol (from the word Petroleum). but then again what an American calls a "Drug Store" we call a Chemist or Pharmacy!



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:50 PM
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Originally posted by showintail
Lmbo! Why do you call it "petrol"?
Gas is short for gasoline? Other than that I have no clue

Because my mom called it gas?


because petrol is short for petroleum...



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 09:53 PM
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Everything in America is a reference to Gas, including funny situations.

Kinda paints a picture of the real "leaders" of the U.S., doesn't it?



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 10:00 PM
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that's what I thought, but when I think of petrolium, I think petrolium jelly?
Im blonde though, so doesnt mean much



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 10:03 PM
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Heres one....

Why do brits call trucks Laurie's?


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posted on May, 22 2011 @ 10:03 PM
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Originally posted by Idonthaveabeard
when its clearly a liquid??

Just saying....



Why do Europeans call gas petrol? Maaaaybe because it is short for the word petroleum...gasoline = petroleum...


Why would a European call a male a twat? Clearly males don't have twats....

Each culture influences the things we say and do that other cultures don't understand and poke fun at. So who is to say one is superior over the rest? Does that mean that Christianity is THE religion?

I think you get the picture.



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 10:05 PM
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Originally posted by showintail
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that's what I thought, but when I think of petrolium, I think petrolium jelly?
Im blonde though, so doesnt mean much




When I hear the word petroleum, I think of petroleum jelly, too. And I'm a brunette. I'm pretty sure I would have known if someone invented a car that ran on petroleum jelly...lol



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 10:10 PM
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I think Gasoline was a term coined a long time ago. Gas is short for that. Petrol makes even less sense if you think about it. Petrol is short for petroleum? Which is what - Crude oil? So petrol could be gasoline, fuel oil, kerosene, motor oil, etc. I mean Petroleum is unrefined product right? Gasoline is the term for a group of distillates of Crude oil. It's a made up word for (a then) new product.



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 10:10 PM
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Because it sounds better than calling it "Oline"



On the other hand, Petroleum should definitely be called "Leum"



posted on May, 22 2011 @ 10:12 PM
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Originally posted by anon102
Well I have to speak form myself on this one. I call it gas because its short for gasoline.



You can pretty much speak for everyone. -oline.



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