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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:30 am
    Link: Subtle Differences Between The US And The UK - Can`t we all just get aboard on some universal terms across the board with these things?
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:36 am
    well that was boring
  3. Profile photo of TehTy
    TehTy Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:40 am
    Silly brits and their "chips"
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    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:42 am
    It`s actually called Handegg
  5. Profile photo of TheSharpest
    TheSharpest Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:47 am
    I guess we`re more like the English, except for the public school thing.
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    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:49 am
    I think that we should stick with the ones on the right. :P

    I don`t mind Americans using the terms on the left, but I don`t like it when English people use them. You`re taking over our language. :D

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    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:51 am
    yay we rule
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    MG6 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:51 am
    I think all the American definitions are more logical, with the exception of "football". European football (or `soccer`) is actually played with your feet. American football is mostly hands
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    radar2434 Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:56 am
    Another one is 1 billion in America and 1 billion in England are different values.

    1 billion in England is 1,000000 x 1,000000
    1 billion in America is 1000 x 1,000000

  10. Profile photo of lukas1051
    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 8:58 am
    What about "pants"? It means trousers in America, but underwear in Britain.

    I do prefer the American way of talking about floors, much more logical. But what`s with American "football"? It`s played with your hands!

    And radar2434, although that was true at one point, we very rarely use 1 billion to talk about 1,000,000,000,000 or 1 trillion nowadays. Never in maths or science.

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    Wildcats2008 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:06 am
    Lukas,

    Seeing as the United States is so large and diverse there is probably someone different but, what I (and everyone I know) call "pants" are the outside clothing covering from the waist to the ankles, typically jeans but I`d include khakis and "dress pants". I hardly ever hear the word trousers unless it is from an older person or at a clothing store. We refer to what you wear under your clothes.

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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:06 am
    What`s with the public school thing?
  13. Profile photo of Hiromi
    Hiromi Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:10 am
    I went to public school!
  14. Profile photo of bigjames02
    bigjames02 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:12 am
    Wait, lukas....."maths"??

    Math isn`t plural. :)

  15. Profile photo of chadders42
    chadders42 Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:16 am
    Chips are chipped off the potato. Crisps are crispy. Hence the names. The American way just doesn`t make sense....
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    youngdz79 Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:20 am
    actually Wildcats2008 if you know anyone who has served in the Military they will call "pants" trousers as that is actually what they are called hence the term "trouser snake" also we do not need to hear about your knickers
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    madduck Female 50-59
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:23 am
    Fanny- trust me, over here it is a body part not much photographed for public viewing.
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    Dark_Lunar88 Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:34 am
    I think Maths makes perfect sense... the word Mathematics has an `S` on the end... you don`t say it without one.

    Public school in England is so called as it was to prepare you for public office (Government). The american public schools would be the equivalent to our state schools.. schools provided by the Government which are fairly basic.

  19. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:35 am
    It`s "maths" because it`s short for "mathematics".

    Mathematics is plural. Hence, maths, not math. It makes perfect sense.

  20. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:37 am
    Fries are fried. How does that make less sense than "chipped off the potato"?
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:40 am
    we call them fries because after we slice them, we deep fry them. I have no idea why we call chips chips though.
  22. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:41 am
    @ElDavo

    Fries and chips are not generally the same; fries are thin, tend to be reconstituted, and as you say are fried.

    Chips are generally thicker, are usually cut straight from the potato, and aren`t always fried (though, they generally are).

    What you get at McDonalds are not chips, and what you get a fish and chips shop are not fries.

  23. Profile photo of Hitaki318
    Hitaki318 Female 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:47 am
    `potato chips.`
    Chipped off of the potato, just as you said. So it does make sense. o-o
  24. Profile photo of Odyne
    Odyne Female 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:47 am
    potato chips are fried too.. how come we don`t call them fries too?
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    peloos12 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:48 am
    "Chips are chipped off the potato. Crisps are crispy. Hence the names. The American way just doesn`t make sense..."

    Sure it does. Crisps, chips, football -- everything over there has to be named literally to make sure nobody gets confuzzled. :)

  26. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:51 am
    A few others I know of. US on the left, UK on the right:

    wrench - spanner.
    trunk - boot (in a car).
    hood - bonnet (car again).
    sidewalk - pavement.
    pantyhose - tights.
    pickle - gherkin.
    eggplant - aubergine.
    fall - autumn.

    I imagine there are loads more.

  27. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:52 am
    The name "soccer" was originally used by an Englishman. Charles Wreford-Brown, an English national team captain around 1900, abbreviated the term "association football" to "soccer".

    So, before you start with the "stupid Americans calling football soccer" crap, please remember that it was an English soccer player first, not us.

  28. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:53 am
    "Sure it does. Crisps, chips, football -- everything over there has to be named literally to make sure nobody gets confuzzled. :)"

    Hehe. You`re not blameless over there too; do you call autumn "fall" so you can remember which one it is? "Oh yeah, it`s the one where the leaves FALL from the trees."

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    alk3v Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:53 am
    They missed a big one that I got ridiculed alot for once I came over to the US... `Rubber`. Condom in the US, and eraser in the UK. Also I called it an eraser when I got here and confused everyone by pronouncing it e-ray-ZOR not e-ray-SER).
    Plus the UK word for US `chips` is `crisps` which is too damn hard to say so I converted. Chips and fries, not crisps and chips.

    Oh and mind you public schools in Britain aren`t anything to be fawned over. The English and such aren`t all sophisticated, refined and pompous as Americans think. Look up what a `Chav` is.

  30. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:55 am
    Musuko: So, if the words basically describe different things, wouldn`t that make the whole British word-American word argument meaningless?
  31. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:55 am
    "potato chips are fried too.. how come we don`t call them fries too?"

    French Fries get their name from the way they are prepared. To French something (in cooking terms) is to cut it into long strips. French Fries started as "Frenched and Fried Potatoes" and changed from there.

    If the English treat our second floor as the first floor, what do they call our first floor? The ground floor?

  32. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:57 am
    Also, diaper-nappy.
  33. Profile photo of Slmmhmmr161
    Slmmhmmr161 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:57 am
    Can someone explain the "First Floor" thing?
    What do people in the UK Call the ground level floor of a building?
  34. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:57 am
    @ElDavo

    Which words are you referring to, sorry?

  35. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:58 am
    @Slmmhmmr161

    Just as you say; we call it the ground floor.

    In lifts and things, it`s usually marked G, 1, 2, 3 etc.

  36. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:58 am
    I forgot diaper - nappy. Good one.

    Also:

    elevator - lift.

  37. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:59 am
    Musugo: Fries and chips.
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    osmandias Male 40-49
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    February 27, 2010 at 9:59 am
    lukas1051: "I do prefer the American way of talking about floors, much more logical."

    No. Ground floor is floor 0. Just think about a building with multiple upper and lower floors.
    To go from -2 to +2 you have to climb 4 stairs.

  39. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:01 am
    osmandias: We usually call those basements (which, I believe, is cellar in English). So on an elevator it`ll say B2, B1, 1, 2...
  40. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:02 am
    @ElDavo

    Ah, well, pretty much; however, to Brits we see a difference between fries and chips. But I don`t know if you guys do: do you call them all fries, or do you say chips for the fish and chips shop style chips?

  41. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:03 am
    I went to public school and it wasn`t anything like that.

    :\

  42. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:04 am
    Musuko: If they`re strips of potato that are fried, they`re fries. McDonald`s or the ones that come with fish, we call it the same.
  43. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:04 am
    We say basement too, but I think that generally refers to larger buildings, like office buildings. An underground level in your own house, say, we`d generally call the cellar.

    I think, though, that there`s some transatlantic mixing going on there; our cultures mingle, and the words mix; hence us saying fries for McDonalds-style chips, because they`re an American "import" into our culture.

  44. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:06 am
    What would you call these then?

    http://imagesb.ciao.com/iuk/images/produ...

    They`re oven-baked, not fried.

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    ammit13fma Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:06 am
    you seem disappointed.... Opie I ebt if you asked nicely enough and posted your school`s address someone would spray paint it for you
  46. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:06 am
    Musuko: That makes sense. Also, the more I think about it, there are some older people who call it a cellar. That one isn`t too different.
  47. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:08 am
    Or what about things like these?

    http://www.bitemeblog.com/storage/apple%...

    Would you call them apple chips?

  48. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:09 am
    Those are chips. They might be oven-baked, but they`re so similar to the potato chips that we just don`t care. Our chips-your crisps is a much closer comparison than our fries-your chips.
  49. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:10 am
    Those can be apple chips, apple crisps, apple slices... it depends on locality. It`s funny how serious you`re getting with your examples. You`re really into this, aren`t you?
  50. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:10 am
    No I mean, why are all public schools here assumed to be like the ones in movies where they have metal detectors and sh*t.
  51. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:10 am
    @ElDavo

    We get so much of eachother`s television, so there`s some mixing of cultures in that alone. Add to that films, literature, and just generally us being in a lot of contact with eachother with a shared language, it`s not surprising that we not only know of eachother`s different dialects, but we also end up adding them to our own.

    And it is often a good thing; for example, especially in swearing; Americans are much enriched by the addition of "wanker", and Britain gains "jerkoff" :P

  52. Profile photo of L0LitsN0rman
    L0LitsN0rman Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:11 am
    british public school is the free one. the step up from that is grammar school which is usually still free but based on grades for entry. and then private school which can be grades based but usually not.
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    sandybanger Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:12 am
    you forget pants..
  54. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:13 am
    @sandybanger

    I did? *looks down, covers self up* How embarrassing!

  55. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:13 am
    @L0LitsN0rman

    You got that completely wrong; public school is the "private" one that you pay for.

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    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:17 am
    Not to sound like an a$$hole or anything, but I`ve literally never heard an American say wanker unless they were doing it with a British accent as a joke.
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    osmandias Male 40-49
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:19 am
    ElDavo:" osmandias: We usually call those basements (which, I believe, is cellar in English). So on an elevator it`ll say B2, B1, 1, 2... "

    So "B" is practicaly "-" and from B2 (-2) to 2 (+2) you have to climb 3 (?) stairs?
    Thats illogical. You lack a "0" (G) (ground floor)

  58. Profile photo of Chaos7
    Chaos7 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:24 am
    LOL
  59. Profile photo of lukas1051
    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:24 am
    "Wanker" is a brilliant word, I think everyone should enjoy using it.
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    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:26 am
    osmandias: Being able to count flights of stairs is so irrelevant. You know what floor you`re going to, so even if you`re walking up stairs you just walk until you see the sign that says you`re on the right floor.
  61. Profile photo of Froggybuster
    Froggybuster Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:29 am
    @lolitsnorman How dated is your knowledge? Seriously, if you don`t have a clue about the topic, dont say anything. Grammar school do not and have not existed for almost 15 years: we currently have state school (funded by tax) and public school (funded by extra payments)
  62. Profile photo of Benjymax
    Benjymax Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:36 am
    my favourites are abseiling vs repelling and the bit of hair over your forehead being either a `fringe` or `bangs`.
  63. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:42 am
    Could someone explain the British schooling system? How does "public school" translate to our schools? Is it like private schools or college?
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    bumbleBB Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:47 am
    or minge
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    charmingman Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:52 am
    Sorry Froggybuster, but YOU are wrong. I went to a grammar school (no fees, state funded, selection enty) they still have them, mainly in Bucks and Kent.
    ElDavo baically public school = fee paying school (otherwise called private school, it is confusing). Normal schools, where you don`t pay, are usually called Comprehensive or Grammar schools. Grammar schools select on ability but are not so common any more. Also some grammar schools are also provate schools. Yes it is insanely confusing!
  66. Profile photo of lukas1051
    lukas1051 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:55 am
    In Britain, "public schools" are private education, you have to pay for them. It makes no sense.
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 10:56 am
    lol, the first floor one is funny
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:06 am
    it`s good...it`d be better if they didn`t forget to add the fat brits in.
  69. Profile photo of WolfStar
    WolfStar Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:07 am
    Public and private schools aren`t quite the same thing (in the UK). I went to a private (fee paying) school, but it wasn`t a public school. A public school is one, supposedly, where the Headmaster/mistress is a member of the Headmasters` Conference, a sort of elite group. Somewhere like Eton is a public school. Both types can just be called Independent Schools though.
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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:09 am
    TKD_Master
    Male, 18-29, Midwest US
    1854 Posts Saturday, February 27, 2010 11:06:32 AM
    it`s good...it`d be better if they didn`t forget to add the fat brits in.
    --------------------------------------------------

    They forgot to add the fat americans so I dont see where you are going with that one!

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    danmw Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:10 am
    afaik the reason its called a public school is becasue of who funds it. private school is funded by the members of the public who go there. state school is funded by the government.
  72. Profile photo of MikeyNiv
    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:13 am
    @Froggybuster

    How comes I went to a Grammar School from 2002-2009?

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    Crucible Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:14 am
    The floor one I wasn`t aware of. But I can see it going either way.
    Which makes sense as I, being a Canadian, am just the horrible mutant offspring of old British culture and modern American culture.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:17 am
    Lol @ the public school one with the gun.
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    MildCorma Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:19 am
    @TKD_Master

    Yeah coming from the most obese country in the world, good one!

  76. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:28 am
    MildCorma: The US deserves poo for that, yes, but the UK is #3 in the world. Not entirely slim.
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    Piepig Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:34 am
    Ok the public school was kinda over-exaggerated...
  78. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 11:58 am
    As a Brit living in north america, I can see the sense in many of these. Either works. However, the one thing i will never get over is the frankly retarded American practice of writing dates as month/day/year, as opposed day/month/year. As Spock would say, "It is illogical"...
  79. Profile photo of KMeTG
    KMeTG Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    "over-exaggerated"

    So, exaggerated too much then? :P

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    swemmel1971 Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    That`s not a Public school in the UK one, Its the Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester, ironically where you are most likely to find kids playing truant..lol
  81. Profile photo of sl212
    sl212 Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    I don`t get the significance of the last pic?
  82. Profile photo of KannaLilly
    KannaLilly Female 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    That `first floor` thing really messed me up when I went to England on holiday. I`d always end up above where I wanted to be...

    Now I`m used to it, though, so I`m always a floor below where I want to be X(

  83. Profile photo of sl212
    sl212 Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm
    why would there be a dude in a tail suit outside the trafford centre? it`s an oxymoron..!
    :p
  84. Profile photo of 123Superhero
    123Superhero Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    I`d have the thought the first place to start is with pants... which are obviously the things you wear under your trousers.
  85. Profile photo of TheSharpest
    TheSharpest Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    "However, the one thing i will never get over is the frankly retarded American practice of writing dates as month/day/year, as opposed day/month/year."

    Amen to that, I`ve mis-dated more than one document because my stupid watch keeps telling me the date in American.
    Also, measurement units. Please use units that aren`t completely retarded and confusing, thank you.

  86. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    I`d have the thought the first place to start is with pants... which are obviously the things you wear under your trousers.

    Actually, we may have to give that one to the Americans. The word "pants" comes from the word "pantaloons" which is a type of trouser, going back to the 16th Century. Our British word "pants" us actually a contraction of the word "underpants", i.e. items to be worn under your pants.

    /etymology lesson

  87. Profile photo of ElSombrero
    ElSombrero Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm
    Our date system makes a ton of sense.

    Our measurement system might not... but we`re working on that.
    ______________________

    And please, don`t judge America by it`s worst people.

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    vv It makes no sense whatsoever. Describing a date as month/day/year is exactly like describing a distance in feet/inches/miles.

    Imagine how retarded you would sound if you told someone the length of the Golden Gate Bridge was 3701 feet, 7 inches, and 1 mile...

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    woomanfoo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    The way we write dates in short hand is relevant to how we write them long hand. 02/27/2010 = February 27, 2010. It does make sense, it`s just different.
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    fatex52986 Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm
    yeah i live in the states and our measurement system is completely stupid. lbforce lbmass ft blah blah blah blah. Viva la newton and kilogram
  91. Profile photo of osmandias
    osmandias Male 40-49
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    davymid: "the one thing i will never get over is the frankly retarded American practice of writing dates as month/day/year, as opposed day/month/year. As Spock would say, "It is illogical"..."

    day/month/year makes some more sense than month/day/year, since it has at least an upgoing order. But the only way to do it logicaly is year/month/day like the japanese do and described in ISO 8601.

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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    what was pretty dumb!
  93. Profile photo of ElDavo
    ElDavo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    So, our system is worse solely because you`re used to your system and not ours? The old "You`re wrong because I`m right" trick. Of all the UK vs. US arguments I`ve heard, this is undoubtedly the dumbest.
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    woomanfoo Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    You can`t really compare the measurement of time to the measurement of length, davy. You claim that the correct way to date is to start with small increments and work up, but distance is the exact opposite.
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    mayobama Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    Davymid;
    Your system makes no sense either then. Because it would not make sense to say that the Golden Gate Bridge is 7 inches, 3701 feet and 1 mile. So your reasoning is now null and void. According to that the only correct way would be the military`s way of writing it as year/month/day.
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    osmandias Male 40-49
    205 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    ElDavo: "So, our system is worse solely because you`re used to your system and not ours? The old "You`re wrong because I`m right" trick. Of all the "UK vs. US" arguments I`ve heard, this is undoubtedly the dumbest."

    ElDavo, this is not about right or wrong. Natural language is full of inconsitencies and often illogical. Illogical doesn`t mean wrong.

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    vv Alright, points taken. The important thing is that it`s sequential, not whether the sequence is ascending or descending.
  98. Profile photo of SherbertFizz
    SherbertFizz Female 18-29
    277 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    Why is the english person on the 2nd floor saying they live on the first floor?
  99. Profile photo of SunnyNphilly
    SunnyNphilly Male 18-29
    645 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    Hey brits, go suck down a fag!
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
    2080 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    "Why is the english person on the 2nd floor saying they live on the first floor?"

    Because what we call the first floor, they call the ground floor!

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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
    9308 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    "Because what we call the first floor, they call the ground floor!"

    Ohhh that makes sense.

  102. Profile photo of Tarquin_Duck
    Tarquin_Duck Male 18-29
    45 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 1:52 pm
    I`m British but I usually call the ground floor the first floor. :D
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    greenspark82 Female 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    lol
  104. Profile photo of ElSombrero
    ElSombrero Male 13-17
    716 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm
    You`re both wrong.

    (I wonder what that`ll do.)

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    durdikkimeng Male 50-59
    748 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    Look,which country is older,and has (rightly or wrongly),shaped a lot of the world? My bank, and indeed some of the furniture in my home is OLDER than the colonies.(that`s the USA for you hicks)
    So who do you think might be right? Where did your language come from?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
    15511 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    Yeah, I have never understand how is the American sport "Football" it should be Handsegg
  107. Profile photo of mamba
    mamba Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm
    i dont get the last one?
  108. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    vv I think the last one is meant kinda like one of those "The more you know!" things.
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    GOWGE Male 13-17
    11 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm
    Its always the chips one that gets me, I take it in america chips are known as fries?
    while in England, fries are a specific type of chip which are only the thin type.
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    Seaker Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    Durd, way to come off as an non-nice individual. I have an 88 year old grandfather that is racist as hell. Just because he`s old doesn`t make him right. The water in my pipes are older than the dirt underneath your floor, so nyah! BTW, we haven`t been "the colonies" since we kicked your asses out over 200 years ago. And if you have seem to forgotten, the United Kingdom has only been around since 1800.(the caption above the pic says UK, not England, Wales, or Scotland) :P
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    Pandabee Female 40-49
    857 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    OMG, I`ve just come back home from the Trafford Centre Mall, the public school UK toon is Trafford.
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 3:41 pm
    Phfff, Americans speak american, Britons speak english, and Canadians speak canadian. Granted this is more dialects of what was english, which could should be referred to as Common. Since there is a different vocabulary used in Australia, US, Canada, and England, and South Africa.

  113. Profile photo of Seaker
    Seaker Male 18-29
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    February 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    GOWGE, chips in America were originally the same as in the UK: fried slices of potatoes that were salted. Obviously, they have evolved into different meanings. Here chips are described as any thin, crispy, fried snack food, prepackaged in a bag that has more air in it than chips. Fries are mostly any form of fried potatoes, that are fairly thick, and most of the time fresh. McDonald`s fries are one of the reason America has an obesity crisis!
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
    2229 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    Sunny, do you realize that in Briton that `fag` is slang for a cigarette?
  115. Profile photo of McDuff73
    McDuff73 Male 30-39
    870 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    Just to point out that the heading just above the pictures is incorrect it should read

    American Alt | English

    The Language is English and is not alternative to anything the American versions are alternative to the original English.

    Oh and `Can someone explain the "First Floor" thing?
    What do people in the UK Call the ground level floor of a building?` made me laugh out loud talk about stating the bleeding obvious!!
    Its the ground floor u eedjit as the first floor off the ground is surprisingly the first floor! :->
    By the way I like Americy its big and open and cheap :->

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm
    vv I believe that was the joke, Brimstone...
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    Phff, to this time measurement BS, Americans have one standard, Europeans another, and some Asian countries yet another. Here in Canada, we use them all, no standard is standard. Confused? Try using both metric and standard measurements together. And both standard measurements at that; British and American for those that don`t know.
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
    2229 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    Just pointing out another nuanced difference, Davy. But would be funny to see THAT one drawn out as one the differences.
  119. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    vv I hear ya Brimstone. I grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and yet the closest I ever came to getting murdered was in a bar in Oklahoma, where I asked I guy if there was any chance I could bum a fag...
  120. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5195 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    Also, the British put smaller units first, like -
    American date: 9/11
    British date: 11/9
    American time: 11:59
    British time: 59:11
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    aussieguy29 Male 18-29
    420 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    uhhhh...

    Everyone in the world uses the same time display. Hours:minutes.

    I dont know where you heard that duffytoler

  122. Profile photo of gimbo
    gimbo Male 18-29
    16 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm
    im english, it confused me a bit when i was in subway and they asked if i wanted chips and a drink with my sub... i got all excited! then realised it was just a bag of dorito`s :(
  123. Profile photo of Pyrosisflame
    Pyrosisflame Male 18-29
    592 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 4:58 pm
    duffytoler british people do hours: minutes not minutes: hours.

    i believe that doing MM/DD/YY is unthought out to be quite honest. although you may all be used to it and think it common sense counting from smallest to highest is how you are tought to count you don`t count 213 you count 123. why does this make any difference with the date? :s could some one explain why america does this please?

  124. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    > Subtle Differences Between The US And The UK

    The main one is:
    UK had a massive Worldwide Empire and misplaced it somewhere.
    US thought it had an Empire but turned out to be all talk.
    AUS never had an Empire, and wouldn`t want it anyway if it was filled with Foreigners.

    Economically, the stupidest difference was always the (thankfully now standardized and agreed upon) value of a Billion. Yanks and pretty much everyone else always said it was a thousand millions, the Poms reckoned it was a million millions. That would have created some pretty serious misunderstandings in the world of Corporate Finance, I guess.

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    jayme21 Male 18-29
    585 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm
    LOL @ Lionheart getting Auz in thar, good job sir

    I can never forgive USA for Jail over GAOL! spell it right people.

    As for the floor thing like with all very very advanced mathematics you need a zero, which is the ground floor

  126. Profile photo of RdDan
    RdDan Male 30-39
    759 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    You say `erbs` and we say `herbs` - because there`s a [email protected] `h` in it.

    Eddie Izzard

  127. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    > Pyrosisflame
    > Could some one explain why america does this please?

    I think the Yanks are the most sensible in the world for the way they do dates, despite that it confuses the rest of us sometimes. The basic logic behind it is that the way THEY write dates, they can be sorted numerically very easily and the numerical list is in the correct order. For example, take these English dates:

    18/2 - 18th Feb
    1/2 - 1st Feb
    12/5 - 12th May
    31/12 - 31st Dec

    Sort those numerically and you`ll get:

    01/02 - 1st Feb
    12/05 - 12th May
    18/02 - 18th Feb
    31/12 - 31st Dec

    which is just stupid, because the 18th Feb, for example, comes after 12th May. But write them the Yank way:

    02/18 - 18th Feb
    02/01 - 1st Feb
    05/12 - 12th May
    12/31 - 31st Dec

    and they sort as:

    02/01 - 1st Feb
    02/18 - 18th Feb
    05/12 - 12th May
    12/31 - 31st Dec

    exactly in the correct order.

  128. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm
    Know what`s really annoying? All the cities around here were named after British cities, so anytime I hear the name of a British city I immediately think of a town near here. We have our own Manchester, Ipswich, Gloucester, Worcester, and Reading. And there`s probably more like that I don`t know about.
  129. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    I hate the way some Posh English people can say a simple word like "well" with all five vowels in it.

    And SarahofBorg, that`s the same the world over, anywhere that was colonized by the Poms has that same problem. I live 20 km from Sheffield in Devonport, near Forth, in Tasmania not frakkin England lol.

  130. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    Lionhart, leave Australia out of this. We`re comparing American and British cultures here, which means a country needs to have a culture before being brought into the discussion. Australia doesn`t qualify. ;-)
  131. Profile photo of RdDan
    RdDan Male 30-39
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    February 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm
    Lionheart2

    Although you are probably using it in a light hearted way, i regard the term `Pom` as an ethnic slur.

  132. Profile photo of SubstanceD
    SubstanceD Male 18-29
    76 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm
    I`ve never understood the date thing either, in AUS we do it DD/MM/YY, which makes sense to me because when you say the date you say "It`s the (day) of the (month) (year)" which I why I assumed we used that setup.

    I`ve never heard of anyone putting minutes first in time. I think duffy is trying to teach you wrong.

  133. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm
    > RdDan
    > i regard the term `Pom` as an ethnic slur.

    `Pom` for Brits comes from the French word for potato, pomme-de-terre (apple of the earth), and refers to the early cultivation of the crop in the British Isles and its importance in feeding the starving peasants of all of Europe.

    It has nothing to do with that horrible acrid BO you all have.

  134. Profile photo of maguiremart
    maguiremart Male 13-17
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    February 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm
    i wanna know lionhart why the hell you keep bashing british people. Why do you leave a stereotypical/generalising comment on anything to do with Brits? Every Australian I see is so bitter about us, and to an extent I can understand why, but that doesn`t give you the right to stereotype/generalise us. Or perhaps you`re just trolling. You seem trollish to me. It`s like me saying all australians beat their wives, drink fosters and have sex with animals. Just stfu please and leave your bitter hate blocked underneath your self-esteem issues. Thanks
  135. Profile photo of Cayday
    Cayday Female 18-29
    143 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm
    @SubstanceD

    I don`t think I`ve ever put it in that sort of sentence. "It`s the twenty seventh day of February in 2010." It seems easier to me to do it the way that we do in the states. "It`s February 27th, 2010." But, that`s just probably because I`ve done it that way my whole life.

  136. Profile photo of Harleq
    Harleq Male 18-29
    108 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm
    How about we all just agree that we speak the same language and use different vernacular, and pick on someone outside the Anglo-sphere.
  137. Profile photo of Farsidedown
    Farsidedown Male 18-29
    421 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm
    what`s with the american public school? students openly carrying guns and graffiti all over the lockers? maybe in the ghetto...
  138. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm
    > maguiremart
    > i wanna know lionhart why the hell you keep bashing british people etc etc?

    Shhh, don`t tell Davy, he`d never let me hear the end of this, but I hail from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

  139. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 7:10 pm
    vv Ha! Knew you were too much of an arsehole to be pureblood Australian. The English contamination explains a lot.
  140. Profile photo of StellaT
    StellaT Female 13-17
    150 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    What`s the last one about?
  141. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm
    Goddamit isn`t it the middle of the night where you are!!!????
  142. Profile photo of Shinoki
    Shinoki Male 30-39
    162 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    Not for such a big fuss, but it doesn`t really matter because the people this was written for don`t speak English as a first language anyway.
    Try living in Japan where, although it isn`t English to say "tuna fish sand" instead of "sandwich", they DO think "sand" means sandwich. I`ve yet to meet a student who didn`t. The list goes on and on... "soft cream", "game soft", "short pants", "hair and make", on and on.
    So "first floor/second floor" is hardly the main issue in ESL today.
  143. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm
    Goddamit isn`t it the middle of the night where you are!!!????

    Mate, it`s midnight. And I have to catch a flight at 5AM to London... figured there`s not much point going to sleep as I need to be up again in 3 hours!

  144. Profile photo of jimbobsthebe
    jimbobsthebe Male 18-29
    639 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm
    You must also remember:

    Rubber = `Eraser`
    Fag = Cigarette
    Fanny = Vagina

  145. Profile photo of Shortone0726
    Shortone0726 Female 18-29
    1244 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    Americans don`t carry guns around in any schools! The graffiti is unfortunately correct in some schools..

    I don`t understand the last one

  146. Profile photo of jamesuyt
    jamesuyt Male 13-17
    680 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm
    Find it kinda weird how whoever made this decided to show the differences in US and UK by using Japanese-looking pictures :P
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    handys003 Male 50-59
    2402 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm
    You forgot the knife in the Brits hand in frame #4.
  148. Profile photo of IssaTheFiend
    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
    2353 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm
    I don`t get the last one.
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    Raberboom Male 18-29
    833 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm
    "Fanny = Vagina"

    oooo i didnt know that one

  150. Profile photo of Raberboom
    Raberboom Male 18-29
    833 posts
    February 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    Brits need to give Scotland Independence!!!!
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    goldspot7 Male 13-17
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    February 28, 2010 at 12:12 am
    gangsta!
  152. Profile photo of astralomega
    astralomega Female 18-29
    162 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 12:55 am
    "It`s like me saying all australians beat their wives, drink fosters and have sex with animals."

    Excuse me sir, but it`s the KIWIS who have sex with animals. Thankyou.
    And I love Lionhart`s "AUS never had an Empire, and wouldn`t want it anyway if it was filled with Foreigners." I lol`d

  153. Profile photo of Sadiee
    Sadiee Female 13-17
    73 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 1:18 am
    Public schools are generally filled by posh kids, not kids with knives, that`d more likely be a public school..
  154. Profile photo of Dainty
    Dainty Female 18-29
    355 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 1:20 am
    "No I mean, why are all public schools here assumed to be like the ones in movies where they have metal detectors and sh*t."

    Yeah. The only ones I`ve ever seen like that were city schools and alternative schools. Walk into any general school in the USoA, and you won`t see it as they way they are portrayed.

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    Dainty Female 18-29
    355 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 1:28 am
    "Its always the chips one that gets me, I take it in america chips are known as fries?
    while in England, fries are a specific type of chip which are only the thin type."

    That`s typically the only way french fries are served. Cut into thin strips and then fried.
    Then there are curly fries, which are thin strips but curly (obviously). And then waffle fries (criss-crossed like waffles look), steak fries (wide strips)...

  156. Profile photo of Shinoki
    Shinoki Male 30-39
    162 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 1:40 am
    For those who don`t get the last one - it`s because it`s meant for ESL students. Note the ALT at the top.
  157. Profile photo of Shinoki
    Shinoki Male 30-39
    162 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 1:49 am
    Not to mention, of course, that "hamburg steak" is "salsbury steak", "green peppers" are "pman", "spinach" is "popeye" (guess they missed the popeye cartoons from WW2) and lastly, considering the first example in the pic - "chips" and "fries" don`t exist here - small flat snacks are "potato chips" and that stuff you get in a value meal at a fast food place is "fried potato".
  158. Profile photo of k10josumm
    k10josumm Male 18-29
    432 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 1:56 am
    im edjumacated
  159. Profile photo of ardystic
    ardystic Male 18-29
    1083 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 2:32 am
    where`s "i suck fags"?
  160. Profile photo of Sir_Viking
    Sir_Viking Male 13-17
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    February 28, 2010 at 2:33 am
    If #4 is true, then almost all British students must attend private schools.
  161. Profile photo of liklepip
    liklepip Female 18-29
    136 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:24 am
    No number four is true, but the equivilant to the US public schools is called state schools. And private schools are deffinatly called public schools becuase our english teacher lectured us on it :|
  162. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:26 am
    > Sir_Viking
    > almost all British students must attend private schools

    Yes, that`s the whole point. If you say some Aussie or Yank was a `public school boy`, you`re saying he was poor, ordinary, educated by the State Education system, etc.

    A `public school boy` in Britain means a rich prat who went to an exclusive, probably all-boys school where the cafeteria served caviar and they all spanked each other with polo sticks for highjinxs.

  163. Profile photo of B_BoyGH3
    B_BoyGH3 Male 13-17
    4 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:29 am
    I think that us english can claim correctness on the chips-crisps thing, because crisps are crisp, and chips are chipped of the potato. We can also claim the football thing because, now bear with me on this, you kick a BALL with your FOOT, hence football. Technically we can claim all of them seeing as the language is called english, not american.
  164. Profile photo of marcus2
    marcus2 Male 13-17
    677 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:33 am
    @ ardystic

    nobody sucks cigarettes... you smoke them... dumbass
  165. Profile photo of McDuff73
    McDuff73 Male 30-39
    870 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:41 am
    actually they smoke quite well by themselves when u set fire to them u have to suck on them to inhale that smoke!

    And no Britain doesn not `have` to give Scotland its independance because I dont want my part of Britain becoming a third world country like it would if it was broken off from the rest of Britain we have done socially and financially well since forming the Union thanks very much.

  166. Profile photo of HappyBee42
    HappyBee42 Female 18-29
    32 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:51 am
    @Sir_Viking and Lionhart

    Actually, there`s no such thing as private schools in Britain, they`re called secondary schools (comprehensives) or grammar schools, depending on whether you have to pass a test to get in.

    Public schools ARE what other people call private schools.

  167. Profile photo of bleedingwolf
    bleedingwolf Male 18-29
    61 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:51 am
    Just to clarify the public/private school thing. There are three main types of schools in the Briatain. State schools are free to all, run by the local authority and count among them some of the best school sin the country, there are private schools whcih are fee paying (used to be called grammar schools which were free if you passed your 11+ exam) and Public schools, which are also fee paying but are all members of the Headmasters Conference (HMC) which is a collection of Headmasters from said schools. The members of the HMC include Eton, Rugby, Harrow, Downside, Ampleforth, Stonyhurst, etc.

    I went to both a Grammar School (we still have the 11+ in our area) and a public boarding school for two years. Bloody good fun! No caviar though, we were stuck on bloody awful food, stodgy and crap, but every so often they`d let us have a beer with our meal if it was a particular Saints Day. Good old Jesuits.

  168. Profile photo of bleedingwolf
    bleedingwolf Male 18-29
    61 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 3:58 am
    And another thing regarding American Football, Football as we know it is correctly called "Association Football" and was a conglomerate of many different types of football played at public school, Eton had it`s own version of football, as did Harrow and all of the main public schools.

    One school had a version of football where hands were involved, the school was Rugby, hence the correct title of Rugby is "Rugby Football". To this day the geverning body of rugby is the RFU, Rugby Football Union.

    Using this quite correct nomenclature, it is logical for a version of football to be named after the place of origin, hence American Football being a perfectly correct name for the sport.

    American Football is still rubbish though!

  169. Profile photo of Musuko42
    Musuko42 Male 18-29
    2850 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 4:11 am
    "Also, the British put smaller units first, like -
    American date: 9/11
    British date: 11/9
    American time: 11:59
    British time: 59:11"

    Umm, no. Whoever told you we tell the time like that is having you on.

  170. Profile photo of ohthedrama
    ohthedrama Male 30-39
    162 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 4:23 am
    Come to America where public school means survival of the fittest, not learning.
  171. Profile photo of littlepete50
    littlepete50 Male 18-29
    1358 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 5:11 am
    Just to sum things up for some confused yanks.
    "Private school/Public school" - are regarded as the same thing. (Fee paying schools from years 4 - 18)
    The time is not told as 59:11, it is infact 11 (hour):59 (minute)
    The date is dd/mm/yyyy (but because 9/11 is an american thing then we go along because if we started talking about 11/9 everyone would be like, wtf?)
    And the first floor is the floor ABOVE ground level.
  172. Profile photo of Septemberex
    Septemberex Female 13-17
    646 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 5:29 am
    Hey, my public school is awesome! Most of them suck though, but we actually take care of the place so its not a dump. And our area is rich on farming and seafood and crap so we get more funding than say, inland or innercity places. All depends on where you live.

    Also, I agree with bleedingwolf. Except on your last point, because American Football is way more fun.

  173. Profile photo of duckflash
    duckflash Female 13-17
    570 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 5:50 am
    didnt get the last one. i prefer the british way all the way (minus the weird accent). Since when is first floor the ground floor?? What`s the ground floor for americans? The basement?
  174. Profile photo of imhivpositiv
    imhivpositiv Male 13-17
    86 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 6:40 am
    im american, and im perfectly fine with british cultures and what not, i just hate how some of them are so damn judgemental of America. Big deal if our first floor is your ground floor and your first floor is our 2nd floor.
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    MiBelle816 Female 18-29
    58 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 6:43 am
    I agree with septemberex. My public high school was a state of the art building that is way nicer than the college I go to now. Our lockers opened by flashing your school ID at a scanner for chrissakes.
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
    2893 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 6:57 am
    Goddamnit I hate wiggers.
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    raggz2009 Female 18-29
    63 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 8:28 am
    "What`s the ground floor for americans? The basement?"

    There is no ground floor for Americans. We start with 1 and count up. That is the FIRST floor of the building for us, whereas for others you`re looking at first floor as the FIRST floor up.

    Also, the basement will often be marked as 0

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    Berenice Female 13-17
    536 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 8:48 am
    I`ve never called them waffle fries, Dainty, they`re just called criss-cut fries where I come from. If you were to ask for waffle fries, they`d look at you really weird and probably tell you to make your own
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    BunnyNaku Female 18-29
    5224 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 9:05 am
    @raggz or B for basement lmao
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
    1557 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Cute cartoon :)

    For those interested, I made some UK vs US English vids -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP_g61r06...

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    Raberboom Male 18-29
    833 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    "Our lockers opened by flashing your school ID at a scanner for chrissakes"

    WoW.... thats nuts.

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    Skreshavik Female 18-29
    1284 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    That US-school stereotype made me lol.
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    Skeezer1991 Male 18-29
    721 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm
    ""Also, the British put smaller units first, like -
    American date: 9/11
    British date: 11/9
    American time: 11:59
    British time: 59:11"

    Not only is this wrong, but I didn`t realize 11 is a "smaller" unit than 9 or 59 is "smaller" than 11... -_-

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    Willowpuff Female 18-29
    2220 posts
    February 28, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    My best friend`s Stepdad, who`s American, was talking with us the other day and he suddenly said "I`m gonna bum a fag and I`m gonna enjoy it"

    We all sat there just staring at him and absolutely BURST out laughing and he paused and said, "Does that have a different meaning in UK?"

    I just went, "Unless you want to have arse sex with a gay man and love it, then yes..."

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    mart1964 Male 40-49
    40 posts
    March 1, 2010 at 2:01 am
    British time: 59:11"

    What? Now you`re just talking bollocks!

    We do put dates in the order - day month year, but hours, minutes and seconds are in the same order that the USA (and the rest of the world) use.

    Get your facts right before you post.

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    mart1964 Male 40-49
    40 posts
    March 1, 2010 at 2:08 am
    USA Jelly = UK Jam
    UK Jelly = USA Jello
    USA Fag = UK Homosexual
    UK Fag = USA Cigarette
    USA Fanny = UK bottom / bum / etc.
    UK Fanny = UK Vagina
    USA Bum = UK Tramp
    UK Bum = USA Bottom

    Hope this helps - cause when Marge Simpson goes on about having a sore fanny from sitting down to much - it means something VERY different here!

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    janegray Female 30-39
    18 posts
    March 1, 2010 at 7:25 am
    LOLOLOLOL @ public school.
  188. Profile photo of stumpydave
    stumpydave Male 30-39
    50 posts
    March 1, 2010 at 8:37 am
    OK, so lets take it back a little, where are all the Italians, French, Norse, Greek Celtic & Germanic people complaining that us Brits raped their language? "Proper English" as spoken by us true Brits is really an amalgam of all different languages - brought to us by all the above who have conquered us at one time or the other in the last 2000 years (except the Greeks, who as always shall be attempting this "manyana" (or is that Spanish?))
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
    3621 posts
    March 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    stumpydave is 100% correct...
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12140 posts
    March 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    Nice vid, TRWolf! Liked it.
  191. Profile photo of stumpydave
    stumpydave Male 30-39
    50 posts
    March 2, 2010 at 9:04 am
    OK, so lets take it back a little, where are all the Italians, French, Norse, Greek Celtic & Germanic people complaining that us Brits raped their language? "Proper English" as spoken by us true Brits is really an amalgam of all different languages - brought to us by all the above who have conquered us at one time or the other in the last 2000 years (except the Greeks, who as always shall be attempting this "manyana" (or is that Spanish?))
  192. Profile photo of stumpydave
    stumpydave Male 30-39
    50 posts
    March 4, 2010 at 8:24 am
    OK, so lets take it back a little, where are all the Italians, French, Norse, Greek Celtic & Germanic people complaining that us Brits raped their language? "Proper English" as spoken by us true Brits is really an amalgam of all different languages - brought to us by all the above who have conquered us at one time or the other in the last 2000 years (except the Greeks, who as always shall be attempting this "manyana" (or is that Spanish?))
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    Dainty Female 18-29
    355 posts
    March 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    "I`ve never called them waffle fries, Dainty, they`re just called criss-cut fries where I come from. If you were to ask for waffle fries, they`d look at you really weird and probably tell you to make your own"

    that`s odd. I`ve heard it both ways, but usually just as `waffle fries`.
    http://www.oreida.com/products/waffle-fr...

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    henryhendrix Male 30-39
    722 posts
    March 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm
    Why is everyones hair so shiny...?
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    Wai-Yu Female 13-17
    246 posts
    October 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm
    hahaha
    the "I went to public school" cracked me up

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