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that`s odd. I`ve heard it both ways, but usually just as `waffle fries`.http://www.oreida.com/products/waffle-fr...
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!
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.
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..."
Not only is this wrong, but I didn`t realize 11 is a "smaller" unit than 9 or 59 is "smaller" than 11... -_-
WoW.... thats nuts.
For those interested, I made some UK vs US English vids -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HP_g61r06...
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
Also, I agree with bleedingwolf. Except on your last point, because American Football is way more fun.
Umm, no. Whoever told you we tell the time like that is having you on.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)...
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.
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
oooo i didnt know that one
I don`t understand the last one
Rubber = `Eraser`Fag = CigaretteFanny = Vagina
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!
Shhh, don`t tell Davy, he`d never let me hear the end of this, but I hail from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
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.
`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.
I`ve never heard of anyone putting minutes first in time. I think duffy is trying to teach you wrong.
Although you are probably using it in a light hearted way, i regard the term `Pom` as an ethnic slur.
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.
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 Feb1/2 - 1st Feb12/5 - 12th May31/12 - 31st Dec
Sort those numerically and you`ll get:
01/02 - 1st Feb12/05 - 12th May18/02 - 18th Feb31/12 - 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 Feb02/01 - 1st Feb05/12 - 12th May12/31 - 31st Dec
and they sort as:
02/01 - 1st Feb02/18 - 18th Feb05/12 - 12th May12/31 - 31st Dec
exactly in the correct order.
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
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.
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?
Everyone in the world uses the same time display. Hours:minutes.
I dont know where you heard that duffytoler
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 :->
(I wonder what that`ll do.)
Ohhh that makes sense.
Because what we call the first floor, they call the ground floor!
ElDavo, this is not about right or wrong. Natural language is full of inconsitencies and often illogical. Illogical doesn`t mean wrong.
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.
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...
Our measurement system might not... but we`re working on that.______________________
And please, don`t judge America by it`s worst people.
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.
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.
Now I`m used to it, though, so I`m always a floor below where I want to be X(
So, exaggerated too much then? :P
Yeah coming from the most obese country in the world, good one!
How comes I went to a Grammar School from 2002-2009?
They forgot to add the fat americans so I dont see where you are going with that one!
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)
You got that completely wrong; public school is the "private" one that you pay for.
I did? *looks down, covers self up* How embarrassing!
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
Would you call them apple chips?
They`re oven-baked, not fried.
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.
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?
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.
elevator - lift.
Just as you say; we call it the ground floor. In lifts and things, it`s usually marked G, 1, 2, 3 etc.
Which words are you referring to, sorry?
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?
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.
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."
So, before you start with the "stupid Americans calling football soccer" crap, please remember that it was an English soccer player first, not us.
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.
Sure it does. Crisps, chips, football -- everything over there has to be named literally to make sure nobody gets confuzzled. :)
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.
Mathematics is plural. Hence, maths, not math. It makes perfect sense.
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.
Math isn`t plural. :)
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.
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.
1 billion in England is 1,000000 x 1,0000001 billion in America is 1000 x 1,000000
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