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British american humor

  1. Jul 11, 2006 #1

    wolram

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    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.
     
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  3. Jul 11, 2006 #2

    Moonbear

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    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.
     
  4. Jul 11, 2006 #3

    wolram

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    I have some fond memories of sofas :smile:
     
  5. Jul 11, 2006 #4

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    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!
     
  6. Jul 11, 2006 #5

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    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."
     
  7. Jul 11, 2006 #6

    Danger

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    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.
     
  8. Jul 11, 2006 #7

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    :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:).
     
  9. Jul 11, 2006 #8

    wolram

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    Most houses have an up staires ( bathroom toilet) and a down stairs toilet.
     
  10. Jul 11, 2006 #9

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  12. Jul 11, 2006 #11

    George Jones

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    Soothers or pacifiers. A comforter goes on a bed.
     
  13. Jul 11, 2006 #12
    They are also called binkies and plugs around here. (TN)
     
  14. Jul 11, 2006 #13

    Danger

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    Just the artificial ones, I presume?
     
  15. Jul 11, 2006 #14

    wolram

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    Well blow me, you put a plug in a baby.
     
  16. Jul 11, 2006 #15

    Moonbear

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    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.
     
  17. Jul 11, 2006 #16

    Danger

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    Here, the nose-in-the-air types call them pacifiers. To everyone else, they're soothers.
     
  18. Jul 11, 2006 #17

    Moonbear

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    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:
     
  19. Jul 12, 2006 #18

    Yeah I only ever hear people call them soothers.
     
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  21. Jul 12, 2006 #20

    wolram

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    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:
     
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