British american humor

  • Thread starter wolram
  • Start date
  • #1
wolram
Gold Member
4,260
555

Main Question or Discussion Point

With great british bulldog spirt i have surfed the web without rest to find this
site, now there will be no excuse for misunderstanding.

http://www.effingpot.com/house.shtml

Now maybe one of you of the US of A will reciprocate and perchance we britts will no what in the blue blazes you are rattling on about :smile:

Or maybe not, i could never relate a sex aid to a stuffed pepper.
 
Last edited:

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Moonbear
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
11,490
51
Awww, thanks Wollie! :smile:

Bin men - The chaps that come around at 6am and wake the entire street up with their bin lorry to empty your dustbins. Sometimes the rubbish even goes in the lorry! I'm sure they have some kind of machine that singles out the crisp bags and deposits them along the street!
:rofl:

Some of those terms are used in the US too, though. I run the bath, and when I was a kid, we had to store our lunch boxes in our cubby holes in school (those were the little box-shaped shelves just about big enough for a lunchbox and a pair of mittens). We definitely use couch too, completely interchangeable with sofa.
 
  • #3
wolram
Gold Member
4,260
555
Moonbear said:
Awww, thanks Wollie! :smile:


:rofl:

Some of those terms are used in the US too, though. I run the bath, and when I was a kid, we had to store our lunch boxes in our cubby holes in school (those were the little box-shaped shelves just about big enough for a lunchbox and a pair of mittens). We definitely use couch too, completely interchangeable with sofa.
I have some fond memories of sofas :smile:
 
  • #4
fuzzyfelt
Gold Member
751
4
Moonbear said:
Awww, thanks Wollie! :smile:
Quote:
Bin men - The chaps that come around at 6am and wake the entire street up with their bin lorry to empty your dustbins. Sometimes the rubbish even goes in the lorry! I'm sure they have some kind of machine that singles out the crisp bags and deposits them along the street!
My neighbours refer to these guys as Dustmen - very Shavian! Had I not heard of Doolittle I wouldn't have had any idea what they were saying!
 
  • #5
FredGarvin
Science Advisor
5,066
7
I got hit by the bathroom mistake. I asked where one was and the guys I asked looked at me like "now is the wierdest time anyone would want to take a bath."
 
  • #6
Danger
Gold Member
9,608
244
Great link, Woolie! I had to finally just force myself to leave the 'slang' section. I'll be back to it later. :biggrin:
A lot of the stuff is familiar to Canuks, but the rest is a hoot.
 
  • #7
Moonbear
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
11,490
51
FredGarvin said:
I got hit by the bathroom mistake. I asked where one was and the guys I asked looked at me like "now is the wierdest time anyone would want to take a bath."
:rofl: I don't recall any difficulty finding a toilet when I was in Britain, but I don't know how I was asking either. I usually ask for the restroom rather than the bathroom when in public. In someone's house, I call it the bathroom.

So, do all British homes have a separate room for the toilet than the bath? I kind of like that idea, especially if you're sharing the home with other people and are all in a rush to get ready in the morning...one can bathe while the other still can get to the toilet (of course, the downside is you get absolutely no warning that they are about to flush the toilet while you're in the shower :eek:).
 
  • #8
wolram
Gold Member
4,260
555
Most houses have an up staires ( bathroom toilet) and a down stairs toilet.
 
  • #9
turbo
Gold Member
3,077
45
My cousin sent me a link to a site displaying "kids' dummies". We don't call them that.

http://www.systemf.demon.co.uk/gargrave/funnies/funny30.htm [Broken]
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #10
wolram
Gold Member
4,260
555
turbo-1 said:
My cousin sent me a link to a site displaying "kids' dummies". We don't call them that.

http://www.systemf.demon.co.uk/gargrave/funnies/funny30.htm [Broken]
Do you call them comforters ?
 
Last edited by a moderator:
  • #11
George Jones
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
7,261
790
wolram said:
Do you call them comforters ?
Soothers or pacifiers. A comforter goes on a bed.
 
  • #12
508
4
George Jones said:
Soothers or pacifiers. A comforter goes on a bed.
They are also called binkies and plugs around here. (TN)
 
  • #13
Danger
Gold Member
9,608
244
Just the artificial ones, I presume?
 
  • #14
wolram
Gold Member
4,260
555
Well blow me, you put a plug in a baby.
 
  • #15
Moonbear
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
11,490
51
wolram said:
Do you call them comforters ?
No, that's more like a duvet. :biggrin:

I've never heard them called a plug. That's the fun part about the US, we don't even use the same words within the country. I've only heard them called pacifiers (the name that shows up on the packaging), or a binky, which I think originates from a brand name.
 
  • #16
Danger
Gold Member
9,608
244
Here, the nose-in-the-air types call them pacifiers. To everyone else, they're soothers.
 
  • #17
Moonbear
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
11,490
51
Danger said:
Here, the nose-in-the-air types call them pacifiers. To everyone else, they're soothers.
Ooh, I'll have to be careful not to offend the Canadians with our American words. :biggrin: I kind of like the idea of calling it a plug though. Plugging the baby's mouth is a pretty good description of how most people (mis)use them. :rofl:
 
  • #18
353
1
Danger said:
Here, the nose-in-the-air types call them pacifiers. To everyone else, they're soothers.

Yeah I only ever hear people call them soothers.
 
  • #19
353
1
  • #20
wolram
Gold Member
4,260
555
scorpa said:
Not as good as the English one but here is a Canadian one I found.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_slang

Timbits: a brand name of doughnut holes made by Tim Hortons that has become a generic term

Ok this is getting silly, a name for a hole in a doughnut :confused: :smile:
and i thought Danger was 1 off :biggrin:
 
  • #21
Moonbear
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
11,490
51
wolram said:
Timbits: a brand name of doughnut holes made by Tim Hortons that has become a generic term

Ok this is getting silly, a name for a hole in a doughnut :confused: :smile:
and i thought Danger was 1 off :biggrin:
Oh, no, no, no, it's not the hole in the doughnut, it's the dough that was punched out of the middle made into a little doughnut. In the US, they more often get called Munchkins, because that's what the brand Dunkin' Donuts calls them, and that brand is found all over the US while Tim Hortons is mostly in Canada and a few northern states near the border. Doughnut holes is the more generic term that nobody actually uses. :biggrin:
 
  • #22
Evo
Mentor
23,106
2,458
Moonbear said:
Doughnut holes is the more generic term that nobody actually uses. :biggrin:
I only know them as doughnut holes, that's what Krispy Kreme calls them.

And I've never heard of a pacifier being called a soother.
 
  • #23
George Jones
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
7,261
790
Evo said:
And I've never heard of a pacifier being called a soother.
It seems to be a US/Canada thing. When I made the post that introduced the terms soother and pacifier in this thread, I originally included only soother, but, as an afterthought, I edited the post to include pacifier.

As another (possible?) example of US/Canda differences, what does "pissed" mean?
 
  • #24
Gokul43201
Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
7,051
17
  • #25
Evo
Mentor
23,106
2,458
George Jones said:
It seems to be a US/Canada thing. When I made the post that introduced the terms soother and pacifier in this thread, I originally included only soother, but, as an afterthought, I edited the post to include pacifier.

As another (possible?) example of US/Canda differences, what does "pissed" mean?
"pissed" = "ticked" :tongue:
 

Related Threads for: British american humor

  • Poll
  • Last Post
2
Replies
26
Views
4K
Replies
3
Views
3K
Replies
17
Views
5K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
2K
Top