You say candy, I say sweets....

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FlimFlamTots
You say candy, I say sweets....

I have just been thinking about the differences in the way that people from the UK say things compared to Americans. I wonder where the different ways of saying things come from?

This led me to this site........

The Americans Guide to Speaking English

Thought that sometimes I may say things that may need to be translated (and sometimes vice versa) so thought this could be a good starting place :)

Things that I tend to say alot are...

'Cheers' - Which I use as a thankyou
'Bugger all' - Meaning nothing
'Chav' - think this may be similar to 'trailer trash?' Basically here it is someone who lives on a council estate with lots of ankle bitters (children). They tend to wear alot of fake designer labels like Burberry and they tend to drive Vauxuall Nova's......

What differences in British and American words do you know of? Are there any translations you want to ask me? :)

   

   

Hot2na
Re: You say candy, I say sweets....

oh i love this thread! have lots of friends, colleagues, and ex-pats who either live or spent a great deal of time there. as  a result of such, i've picked up UK'isms like: bugger-off, thanks muchly or thanks muchly love, and cheers! also, when my daughter leaves to a neighbors and i walk her out and watch her, i find myself saying, "off you go now, or hurry on now."

i'm totally stealing the "chav" from you. trailer-trash is so last decade, but "ankle biters" is still in when used for small pets. "ruggies or rugrats" i think is still used for small children.

so yes, please do share more.

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missb
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The phone is engaged ... ha i loved this one when I came here first, my boss asked me to make a call for him, so i did, but the phone was engaged!! So i told him and he almost fell on the floor laughing, and says whos it engaged to?  and who bought the ring.  So of course that started the whole office laughing, making me mortified, so I never used that term again, from then on it was the phone's busy!!  

What goes around comes around..don't forget it!

missb
Re: You say candy, I say sweets....

Garbage here, Rubbish over there.... 

What goes around comes around..don't forget it!

Wonderland
Re: You say candy, I say sweets....

I am constanly saying things like bugger off, bloody hell, wanker or, they're out getting pissed (instead of saying they're out getting wasted or drunk).  I also say "cheers" to people all the time.  They think I'm a bit nutty and tell me I watch way too much BBC.  But, I love it!

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hubby
Re: You say candy, I say sweets....

The company i used to work for was headquarted in England... On conf. calls they always used the word "bolloxd" (probably spelled wrong) .. still dont know what it means...

missb
Re: You say candy, I say sweets....

bollox or bolloxed, can mean a few things, I'm bolloxed would mean i'm exhausted, tired.. "thats a load of bollox" would mean thats a load of s**t.  or he's a bollox, would be hes a bast**d..... one little word can mean so many things...haha 

What goes around comes around..don't forget it!

missb
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OK so now I gotta ask hubby did they call you a bollox?

My neighbors are from England - actually they live in England a good part of the year.  When they leave to go on as I would say a vacation they say they are going on holiday.  They also use a lot of medical terms differently but I'll be darn if I can remember one of them. 

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Off the top of my head a Podiatrist over here is a Chiropodist over there. 

 

What goes around comes around..don't forget it!


 

scrappy
Re: You say candy, I say sweets....

there are so many that being a brit, i take for granted so i cant think right now. would like to see what you guys think are comical though. Like an engaged phone is normal for us. You guys dont say sellotape right? Its scotch tape i think. scotch tape for me would be a brand of sellotape. And fag here means cigarette not a gay person.

i do remember once whilst ona  flight to Vegas a friend and I was arguing over choclate and sweets. i said candy was sweet but chocolate was chocolate. My friend differed and said chocolate over there was candy! I dont know who's right or wrong though. Isnt chocolate over there choclate or is it candy? 

missb
Re: You say candy, I say sweets....

Chocolate falls into the candy category, to me anyway.  

What goes around comes around..don't forget it!

CritterKeeper
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Doesn't napkin mean diaper? I forget where they were from, but a friend of my parents were here visiting and her daughter spilled something. We said "go grab a napkin" The girl got hysterical, because she thought we were mad and were saying she was a baby, so we were going to put her back in diapers. 

Be yourself...... Everyone else is taken!

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