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Offline NedMarcus

Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #645 on: November 19, 2018, 04:33:35 AM »
Some British people say pants for trousers. The word underpants comes from pants which comes from pantaloons.

Okay wait are trousers underpants?
Are pantaloons underpants?
I'M SO CONFUSED.
No, underpants are under pantaloons.

Offline Ray McCarthy

Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #646 on: November 22, 2018, 09:31:08 PM »
Some British people say pants for trousers.
Never heard anyone other than Americans call trousers, pants.

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #647 on: November 22, 2018, 10:14:45 PM »
Some British people say pants for trousers.
Never heard anyone other than Americans call trousers, pants.
I have, although I can't remember where or when. It's been a while since I've lived in the UK. I've also heard people say truck for lorry.
« Last Edit: November 22, 2018, 11:04:36 PM by NedMarcus »

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #648 on: November 22, 2018, 11:05:51 PM »
Is the word fortnight used at all in the North America (USA or Canada)? I often say fortnight and use it in my writing.

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #649 on: December 01, 2018, 01:01:16 AM »
Is the word fortnight used at all in the North America (USA or Canada)? I often say fortnight and use it in my writing.

Pretty much never.
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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #650 on: December 01, 2018, 09:58:04 AM »
American is taking over...
I saw the local supermarket advertise an offer on 'Chips'. They are CRISPS. Even says so on the packet.
Chips are the deep fat fried chips of potato.
"French Fries" are the fake too skinny chips sold in Fast Food Franchises, usually controlled by parasitic international companies. Franchise means the owner puts up all the money, pays the rent but is only a "minder". The Franchise dictates suppliers, menu, style, everything. Some leading french fries have a special coating to encourage eating and drinking more. Real chips have no coating.
I'm in Ireland. More people use Polish and Chinese than Irish. We mostly use 'British English' but with big variations between Belfast (in UK), Derry (in UK also called Slash City Derry/Londonderry)) Dublin (Ireland but nicknamed Western Britain), Cork, Limerick and Galway. That's the five biggest cities on the Island. Rural Kerry, Donegal, Clare, Wexford etc very different.

It's very evident on the UK & Irish Media, aided by Netflix (a loss making parasite), US TV, US Cinema and (anti-) Social Media is rapidly becoming American in spelling, vocabulary and style.
Perhaps in 25 years all English speakers will only be using American.

The Evil of American Format Dates:
My Computer has a creeping Americanization, the Email program is displaying all dates in the foolish MM DD YYYY format. ISO YYYY MM DD is best for sorting. Non-American format is DD MM YYYY, a logical ascending format.

Recipes on the Internet (Food or Wool) and stupid cups
Is it American or British Imperial?  What size is a cup! The standard UK imperial measure* is hardly used now and doesn't apply to ANYTHING other than baking. There seems to be various US standard "cups" for various purposes. Also a Japanese one.
Also don't Americans have weighing scales for Yarn or non-liquid ingredients? We have had cheap dial type since 1950s with grams and also UK pounds & ounces. For nearly 20 years the digital ones have been cheap and have a button for grams and also UK pounds & ounces, also to zero out weight of empty bowl.

* In the United Kingdom the standard cup was set at 10 imperial fluid ounces, or half an imperial pint. The cup was rarely used in practice, as historically most kitchens tended to be equipped with scales and ingredients were measured by weight, rather than volume.  (There are also UK teaspoons = 5ml, UK tablespoon = 15ml).
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup_(unit) and also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measuring_spoon to see why it's SO STUPID to post recipes on the Internet using cups,  tablespoons or teaspoons. Non-liquid should NEVER use cups, tablespoons or teaspoons.

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #651 on: December 02, 2018, 05:23:02 AM »
Is the word fortnight used at all in the North America (USA or Canada)? I often say fortnight and use it in my writing.

@NedMarcus It's typically used when speaking to children.

Eg.  "Dinner is ready.  Turn off fortnite and come eat."  @Lady Ty  is actually an expert at this particular usage.

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #652 on: December 02, 2018, 07:43:43 AM »
Is the word fortnight used at all in the North America (USA or Canada)? I often say fortnight and use it in my writing.

@NedMarcus It's typically used when speaking to children.

Eg.  "Dinner is ready.  Turn off fortnite and come eat."  @Lady Ty  is actually an expert at this particular usage.
I actually have no idea what you've just said  ???

Offline Alex

Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #653 on: February 13, 2019, 11:19:39 AM »

Never heard anyone other than Americans call trousers, pants.

Unless of course they're sweatpants or something of that ilk.  ;D

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #654 on: February 27, 2019, 07:32:41 AM »
Say, does the empty space in a stairwell have a name? I'm writing a firefight between people at the top and the bottom.

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #655 on: February 27, 2019, 08:16:56 AM »
I'll let a native confirm, but I think that empty space *is* the stairwell - the rest are simply stairs.
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Offline Eli_Freysson

Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #656 on: February 28, 2019, 08:26:55 PM »
I'll let a native confirm, but I think that empty space *is* the stairwell - the rest are simply stairs.

And would someone care to confirm? Hello? Hello? Testing? Testing?
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Offline Rostum

Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #657 on: February 28, 2019, 11:35:14 PM »
A stairwell is a vertical shaft containing (strangely enough) multiple staircases.

Not really used in architecture before the early 20th century and relied upon in tower blocks.

Best to be at the top in a firefight and assuming its pistols my inclination would be to lie flat away from the railings  and the top step on one of the landings and shoot anyone who emerges.
If I was starting at the bottom better to control the exits than chase up a very risky proposition.

You are going to wind up deaf from being in an enclosed space and shooting ricochets are also an issue.


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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #658 on: March 16, 2019, 10:40:02 AM »
And would someone care to confirm? Hello? Hello? Testing? Testing?
A stairwell is the space in the middle.

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Re: Ask a Brit/American what this means
« Reply #659 on: April 15, 2019, 03:44:27 PM »
Through a couple of TV series I've come to realise that in the US, paramedics/ambulances aren't linked with Hospitals, they're linked with firefighters instead??
That doesn't make much sense, does it??
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