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November 17th, 2011, 02:38 PM
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If you're from the US, what words have you noticed are different in the UK? Do you think they're cute, indifferent or plain stupid?

Similarly, if you're from the UK like me, or somewhere else in the world, what words have you noticed are different in the US and ditto the question above?

The one that gets me is chips. To me, a chip is a fat chunk of potato fried. I think you call them fries in the US, and when you say chips, you mean what we call crisps. Confusing!

I also find what's classed as a swear word is different. For example the word p*ss. I'm not typing it out because it's swearing over here but it has an i in it. JM lets you write it (or it certainly used to) for some reason and I see many ladies using it as a word for angry. But then I can't say d.a.m.* which is hardly swearing over here. I've also noticed that bugg*r is said a lot around JM. When I was a Mommy Guide, the DDC I was looking after were talking about a theme based around the word meaning something to do with bugs. In the UK it means something very different and extremely offensive! :0 Which I did warn them about!

Any more you've noticed?

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November 17th, 2011, 05:15 PM
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I've noticed a lot. Possible because Australian's have a way of being able to turn almost anything into an insult. Like our current cricket team. They are an insult to the country right now.

I think the biggest one for me is soda/pop ect. We call it soft drink. Its soft as opposed to liquour which is a hard drink.

On the chips we call both chips. Hot chips are just that hot chips. Crisps are potato chips.

I also hear you on some one the words that could be swears.

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November 18th, 2011, 01:09 PM
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November 18th, 2011, 03:01 PM
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Reading this post annoyed me a little (nothing to do with you!) but because it reminded of someone who accused me of copying them by using the word "mommy" here, when I am from the UK I should have been clearly saying "mummy". Yes, it's true that us UK'ers say mummy IRL, but here, who cares? I say mommy because almost all the mommies (oops!) here are American so I didn't want to be the sore thumb K, just had to get that out!

Yeah the crisps/chips one has confused me a ton in the past too! There's so many more that I can't think of off the top of my head right now. There is "sidewalk" compared to our "pavement", which I don't think is silly, just so different! Another one is I notice Americans say the "hood" or "trunk" of their car, when we say "bonnet" or "boot". Oh and "pants" when we mean "trousers". Too many!
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November 19th, 2011, 03:48 PM
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I didn't know that's what Bugger meant! (I ran to Google). It's always been a child's way to say dam*. My aussie friend kim always say Bugga rather than dam*. lol

I love the little differences when I see them. I get more annoyed with Americans telling each other they're wrong because the term is different from one place to another.
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November 20th, 2011, 05:57 AM
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being from New Zealand, Ive noticed a lot too.

Ashley..the bugger" thing comes from a t.v ad of the 90's

heres the link...its quite funny... (except the cow bit)...ita mainly the dog at the end that is funny
Bugger - YouTube

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November 21st, 2011, 11:01 AM
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I noticed a few when my DH and I visited Ireland. There is of course the chips/fries thing. I believe napkin was one, I think in Ireland it is NOT something you use to wipe your mouth when you are eating, lol. (No one told my SIL that until they had lived there a few years) Nappies/Diapers....

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November 21st, 2011, 02:14 PM
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Lol I've become more americanised because of being here that's for sure. I'll say things like mommy sometimes, and gotten quite frequently, and gross / gross out a lot. It's natural for your speech/language to change according to the company you keep just like your dialect would gradually changed if you moved somewhere new.

The casual use of the b word in this thread is totally freaking me out now because to me it's so rude!

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