1playfulgal 39F
7112 posts
7/30/2005 10:37 pm

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Not too long ago spikeryder made a comment on one of my posts that he loves the way we North Americans talk...that got me to thinking how very different English is from country to country...

The English call a part of a car a bonnet...over here that same part is a hood...What do they call the trunk?...A boot...a shoe...

I was introduced to the word Snog through the harry potter saga...but i never really knew what it meant until i asked [blog DDL007]...over here that would be the equivelant to french kissing...

So many funny little things like that...


ih8usrnames 40M

7/31/2005 12:07 am

Strange with the internet and mass media and the amount of cross-fertilization of cultures that we can still be surprised by things such as this. I know there would be alot of other examples of this but I can't think of any.

I do believe though that North American colloquailisms would be more well known in other english speaking countries than, say, Australian colloqualisms would be known in North America.

Thats not to criticise or resent the North American influence on international culture

paintmeblue 62M

7/31/2005 12:08 am

Yes, they call it a boot, as do we in Australia. Did you just have a guess then?
Fanny should be discussed in this thread...

rm_unlistedone 65M
2718 posts
7/31/2005 12:12 am

And that's not to mention the charm of how we abuse or change it, dependin' on where one lives. Down in the sunny South, there is the Charmin' South'rn draw. "Ya'll" is used as a norm for you all. Only one syllable... not two. I smile to myself when I hear someone from up north tries, but abuses a Southrn draw.

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2053 posts
7/31/2005 12:25 am

Yes... being something of an Anglophile I'm familiar with lots of these differences; a wrench is a spanner, toilet is a loo, if a woman is "fit", she's not necessarily athletic, but rather what we'd call "hot", and "fanny" is pretty much the equivalent of "pussy"....

Many Brits disparagingly refer our dialect in the States (and specifically the States) as "Mercan", though I suspect they're thinking of the American South, rather than how MOST of us speak.

Then there's "Engrish"... but that's something entirely different

nightstogether 56M

7/31/2005 12:54 am

Snogging is plain kissing, but could be matched up with light petting too. Then we have differences of meaning with fanny (ass and kitten), for example, or randy (person's name and horny). There are plenty.

private-intellectual (.de)

rm_seamus679 50M

7/31/2005 1:13 am

I found that when I was a kid.... every time my mum called me home for tea.... the neighbourhood kids would give me a hard time about ...ahhhh tea time with the queen... actually I was being called home for supper..... stick that in your vegemite sandwich and eat it! ....lollies vs candy.... soda instead of pop.... tomato sauce vs ketchup... buscuits istead of cookies.... junper vs sweater... talk about culture shock and I moved from Melbourne to Toronto.... on yah Saints!

de1969 47M

7/31/2005 1:19 am

I rather like the way that English has mutated globally - I think it's an indication of a healthy language. Of course even back in blighty you find notable regional variations - the dialect used in Newcastle is quite distinct from that in Devon which is in turn quite distinct from that in the midlands and so on...

smackyman 46M
3845 posts
7/31/2005 1:39 am

Snogging is a term that I'm familiar with for kissing. What words do the Brits use to describe intercourse? Any input maybe from spikeryder?

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
7/31/2005 2:55 am

it is the boot actually playful and not just the British either

you get used to it after a while you have too online, so many of you North Americans re flooding the servers we either learn or are lost

just wait we shall overtake the population and then you shall find yourself doing likewise

well I can hope can't I


Inominate563 45M
47 posts
7/31/2005 7:21 am

I travel from place to place with my job. Just staying in one place for a few months at a time. Even in the states it's fun to here the different slang and pronunciations in the different areas. I'm in Boston right now for a few months and it still takes me a minute to process some of the things people say. Esp if it's the first time I've heard that particular person speak. Even the Boston accents are a little different from one another. But then again, everyone up here says that I'm the one with the accent

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:41 am


I agree with you...people from all over the world watch movies from the states and well filmed in canada alot of them...On the other hand there are very few Movies and shows from other parts of the world that make it over here...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:44 am


I might have heard boot before...as i do watch a lot of BBC programming...

There is another significantly different word...fanny...Over here it is a very old fashioned girl's name or an oldfashioned word for ass...what does it mean over there...Pussy...I believe...I could be mistaken though...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:50 am


That is what a spanner is...i've been confused about that for years every since i read a RED DWARF book that had a parralel dimension Lister in in who was nicknamed Spanners Lister...

Thanks for clearing that up...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:53 am


Snogging is just plain kissing...without the tongue?...how boring...do people actually do that...


poor kid...you must have been so cofused with all the different language here...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 8:01 am


I already find myself using some of the words from arounf the world...as some of my favourite commenters on my blog are from the UK...

The other day i called someone a 'randy little bugger' we have a funny friendship...he looked at me like i was loosing my marbles...i had to explain it to him...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 8:04 am


And where do you call home...Nomadic life...would be fun for me for a while but i like a place to grow roots...


spikeryder 49M

7/31/2005 12:00 pm

OH Playful NO FAIR i was going to write a blog on this...great minds think alike eh?
I'm still gonna do it though..Because i reckon us Brits understand the American "corruption" of English better than you guys understand "The Queens English"...
pop in to my Blog for a list of "we say" , "You say".

Inominate563 45M
47 posts
7/31/2005 6:07 pm

emailed you the answer

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:13 pm


I would have to say that one of my favourites is...whatcha...as in whatcha doin?...Only gets rid of one syllable...but it seem so much shorter...We cut corners where ever we can...english is a lot less frilly than say 200 years ago...I wonder what it will be like in 200 more...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:15 pm


Oh most definitley...look at the variation from just where your house is located within a city...People say from a lowerclass neighbourhood do tend to speak differently than people in an upper class neighbourhood...sad but true...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:17 pm


Good question...any of you english out there want to field that question...


1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:18 pm


cheers babe...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
7/31/2005 7:43 pm


True...if a have not been a BBC watcher since childhood i would probably have a lot more trouble understanding your quaint words...

BTW you live in the place my favourite BBC program is set in...

Thats right Fawlty Towers ROCKS

spikeryder 49M

7/31/2005 11:22 pm

I wonder how long it would be before someone here mentioned bloody fawlty towers but yes it is funny..just don't mention the war..off to feed my hamster now

woodywoodpecka 45M
1 post
8/1/2005 4:33 pm

I never started it...yes you did....you invaded Poland

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/1/2005 11:19 pm


ah come on...fawlty towers rocks...i only wish that more had been made...kisses


don't piss me off a got a garden gnome waiting here...lol

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/1/2005 11:21 pm


...spoons...you sell spoons...lol

spikeryder 49M

8/2/2005 1:39 pm

one thing with my list of nglish words you may now understand the opening sequence when somebody changes the name to read"flowery twats"
.. how rude! "que?"
If you want Modern british humour try "the fast show" or "THE OFFICE"
For total sureal weirdness "The Mighty Boosh"

spikeryder 49M

8/2/2005 1:40 pm

There's an "E" in English

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/2/2005 11:22 pm


Thanks for the recommendations...i'll have to check and see if they are available over here...

your second comment just made me laugh out loud...

you rock!!

adl_guy_4_fuk 37M

8/3/2005 7:41 am

From Australia, I would have to say that I find it strange that North Americans use the word Fanny for Arse (or Ass as it is said and spelled in North America). EAustralians/New Zealanders use that as fairly immature course slang for vagina. Hence every time re-runs of that sitcom "The Nanny" come on tv my head pops up at the lyrics 'she was out on her fanny' lol ... very odd to me. I know that it basically means arse in french but still funny.

spikeryder 49M

8/3/2005 8:06 am

A woman who likes me! should have you stuffed and mounted! more inspiration from John Cleese and Connie Booth.

I think Fawtly Towers can claim to be half Canadian..Connie Booth Co wrote with John..Isn't she from Canada..

The Show "the Office" is Fantastic the best thing for years! They have just made a US version ..which I haven't seen.

The writer is big news over here and has a new show called "EXTRAS"
about movie extras trying to get speaking parts in a movie, each week a real life "Star" appears and plays a version of themself. first show had Ben Stiller in it!!
here's a taste of the humour..
.. Stiller is arguing with an "extra"

Stiller " do you know who i am?"
Extra "Is it Starsky or Hutch?..i can never remember!"
Stiller " Is that MEANT to be funny?..is it?"
Extra "I don't know you tell me..you were in the bloody movie!"
Stiller "I kissed Drew Barrimore..I've got off with Cammaron Diaz..I touched Jennifer Anniston's Butt for christs sake.."
Extra " Only in a movie!"
Stiller "That still counts!"
Extra " Yeah..You just keep telling yourself that mate!"

I laughed so much! Ben Stiller is great to do stuff like that and be able to laugh at himself..

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/3/2005 9:48 am


personally i have never used the word fanny in my life...i think that it is an old fashioned word for as and it isn't widely used now...

Fanny is also an old fashioned girls name...

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/3/2005 9:52 am


that sounds pretty good...is it reality tv...or just a sitcom...please say comedy because i hate reality tv...

kisses and hugs...

spikeryder 49M

8/3/2005 1:49 pm

It's comedy.."The Office" was trully original.. it appeared to be a film crew following life in a typical british office..but was in fact incredibly real acting..so close to the real thing, so funny ..but also it was that real it made you cringe with embarrasment..if you work in the office envioronment this is a program for you..totally unmissable.
The main star and writer Ricky Gervaise is SO talented..
His new Show "Extras" is more your traditional comedy, but still great. As i said Ben Stiller was Fantastic, he played himself as arrogant, self obsessed and hard to work with...what a star. The next episode has Kate Winslett in it..she, apparently, allows herself to be portrayed as an Oscar chasing Dimwit..I can't wait

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/4/2005 8:11 am


sonds great...unfortuanltey...we usuall don't get any english programming while its new....we only get it after a while when its on reruns...


spikeryder 49M

8/4/2005 10:42 am

We get the US stuff pretty quickly over here but I'm not that into most of it "Will & Grace" "Friends/Joey" don't do it for me. I Do like "The Simpsons" "Malcom in the middle" and "Desperate Housewives" though

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/5/2005 10:58 pm


I love malcom in the middle...but i must say that i have never had the faintest desire to see Desperate housewives...Never seen an episode and probably never will...dunno why...

rm_there4u_ok 56M
11 posts
8/9/2005 5:57 am

If you struggle with some of the English words and accents have a look at Scotish programes like 'Chewin the fat', 'Still game' or one of the Rab C Nesbit Sitcoms. If you cannot understand Billy Connelly you will really struggle with these. Though I will be happy to translate. They have all been out for a few years now so you should be able to get a copy.
P.S. In Scotland a Snogg is with the tongue, and a Dyke is a wall around a field made of stones laid on top off each other with no cement between them.

rm_there4u_ok 56M
11 posts
8/9/2005 6:21 am

Yes, I know Scottish has two t's, but I have just come off nightshift and because of the high quality of all these Blogs have not made it to bed yet.

1playfulgal 39F
1828 posts
8/13/2005 11:01 pm


Good to know about the Snogg thing...I imagine it must be closer to the scottish meaning in Harry Potter...cause what would ne the fun of getting caught kissing all over the school unless it was a french kiss...

BTW your second comment made me laugh...thanks for stayin up to read...

Snoggs and hugs does that make sense?

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