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Posted 11 March 2004 - 05:26 PM
Don't even start to explain cricket to me, let alone these sneaker-wearing, restroom-using, trash-producing Yanks!
What are the various names for the positions that the fielding team in cricket occupy?
Gulley, mid-on, silly mid-on, etc.
And why are the various balls that can be bowled called googlies, yorkers, etc?
Posted 16 March 2004 - 10:23 AM
If something is no good, you often here the expressions, "thats pants!"
Or just "Pants!"
Posted 18 March 2004 - 09:08 PM
Now this is getting weird.
Not sure why we say "rest" room because you aren't resting when you go in there
Wouldn't you be resting your muscles in order to relieve yourself? I mean in order to hold whatever you've been drinking the muscles must be doing something and in order to let it flow you've got to be relaxing.
I used to have an employee from Ireland who would have no problem calling out in front of the lunchtime crowd that he was going to the toilet.
I have been told recently that the concept of a "mud room" is distinctly New Englandish. Is this true?
Posted 19 March 2004 - 12:15 AM
An elastic = rubber band.
A chesterfield = sofa = couch.
Cash register = a till.
Bum = the part of the person that meets a chair.
And we tend to use the word "eh" the same way americans use "huh"
ie Goin' downtown, huh? = Goin' downtown, eh?
And I honestly can't tell why Americans think that when I say out and about it sounds like oot and aboot - to me it sounds like out and about...
Oh, and the letter after Y is pronounced Zed and a kilometer is often called a click.
Posted 19 March 2004 - 03:20 AM
The oot and about thing sounds more like Scottish to me but I have heard it's something Canadians are know for, although I've only heard it a couple of times on the telly (Television/TV)
In the UK a chesterfield is a type of sofa (settee) which is made of leather.
Posted 19 March 2004 - 05:30 AM
US(drunk) = UK(pissed as a lord, or a newt)
US(rest room) = UK(thunder chamber)
US(studio apartment) = UK(bed sitting room, or bedsit)
US(bum) = UK(tramp)
US(fanny) = UK(bum)
US(fanny pack) = UK(bum bag)
US(US citizen) = UK(yank)
US(limey) = UK(UK subject -- as in subjected to centuries of abuse by an inbred monarchy)
US(atlantic side) = UK(east, or maybe west!)
US(geek) = UK(anorak)
US(nerd) = UK(trainspotter)
US(loser) = UK(Prince Charles)
US(unqualified builder) = UK(cowboy builder)
US(That's not fair, my friend) = UK(That's just not cricket, old man <fem: old dear>)
US(fall) = UK(autumn)
US(unexpected warm, sunny weather) = UK(Indian Summer)
US(Sigh, there's always something crazy going on here) = UK('Sigh, only in America')
US(Thanksgiving) = UK(bloody work as usual)
US(high school prom) = UK(school disco)
US(high school graduate) = UK(school leaver)
US(med-school) = UK(teaching hospital)
US(ivy league) = UK(oxbridge)
US(boot camp) = UK(army camp)
US(grunt) = UK (Tommy)
US(army pilot) = UK(brylcream boy)
US(creek) = UK(stream)
US(California wines) = UK(Californian wines)
US(I have a friend named William) = UK(I have a friend called William)
US(the play was a failure) = UK(the play bombed)
US(trousers) = UK(pants)
US(pants) = UK(y-fronts)
US(sneakers) = UK(plimsoles)
Posted 20 March 2004 - 01:02 PM
australian thong = Uk flip flops
Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:15 PM
In the UK a Grunt is an infantryman
like a 'guin or Penguin is someone in the RAF
Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:17 PM
"Look Mum, this bauble was made in TwinTwan"!
Oh yes and "I dont like heights, they give me the cobblywiggles" - liked that one too!
Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:29 PM
I have decided, that you come from a family who, are military based, and, officer quality at that!.
I would say that judging by your posts, you are either the child, or the spouse of a mid ranking ( although fairly high responsiblity guy). So I say that your dad, or your man is special forces, or protected by a level of rank, ( commissioned officer prob colonel or above) .
Ok you are in North wales, so cut you some slack, but while you admit to being nikie, you prefer to be smellie nellie???
We just lost to England, so who knows?
Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:35 PM
No - none of my famil are military - I definitely have no links with Zobs - You mean there is another part of Wales? And - yes, we lost, but we did it in style! And by god did we ruffle their feathers!!!!!! By 'eck can Robinson move!
Posted 20 March 2004 - 03:05 PM
I did not come across the use of 'grunt' in Cumbria when growing up, so I assumed it came from the US. I stand corrected maam! 'Tommy' is a bit archaic. Is 'squadie' used in the US?
Posted 20 March 2004 - 05:02 PM
Wow thay is the second time I have used this in 3 weeks ?
Posted 21 March 2004 - 03:59 AM
Oh Bottom, I was sure There was military in your blood!
There is - but you are assuming it is only relevant to anyone other than me!!!!!!!
Infact you were part right, my hubby was military but more importantly than that .............. so was I!
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