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Re: your home town by Kid Loco on 2000-03-03 04:29:44

Its the same here. We have Victorian (1800's) buildings being torn down for a shopping centre. Why? And the place is littered with supermarkets/hypermarkets. Unrelated point, but how many English and American words differ in the shopping field.

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Re: Re: your home town by Amelia on 2000-03-03 06:46:10  |  Reply to this
  My understanding of hypermarkets is that they have lots of departstore - type items, such as clothing and housewares. Granted that American supermarkets often include a lot of pharmacy, cosmetics, gardening, and variety items, they are still fundamentally food stores, however fancy.

The main difference in terminology would be that you use pounds and we use dollars.

But OK, I'm game. What do you call the little booths where you go to try on clothes? And what is the name of the front counter where you go to have your purchases totalled? And what do you call the printed receipt that you get after you pay?
Re: Re: Re: your home town by Kid Loco on 2000-03-10 02:20:07  |  Reply to this
  1. Changing Rooms 2. Till/Cash desk. 3. A receipt.
I know why as well, Nanananah! by Kid Loco on 2000-03-10 02:23:50  |  Reply to this
  Its obvious. All the modern (post-1700 or so) words for things were formed on opposite sides of the Atlantic (see Sidewalk etc.) and with there being little speedy communication between the two, the local words stuck. Really modern words (post-1950 or so) are universal because they so quickly come into general usage (all the computer and technology words). Man, I love this! Not only stuff that I know about, but what I'll do at uni. too.
Re: I know why as well, Nanananah! by Tetra Grammaton on 2000-03-10 21:50:42  |  Reply to this
  Except you call them 'mobiles' and we call them 'cell phones'.
Re: Re: I know why as well, Nanananah! by Amelia on 2000-03-11 05:51:44  |  Reply to this
  Well I actually, I have been trying to move back to calling them "mobile phones" here, too, since the good ones are digital.
Of course, the overarching name for the communications technology is "wireless", which I always thought of as a quaint English term for "radio". It makes sense for the phones, because once they required wires and now they don't. It makes no sense to me for the radio, since wired technologies (telegraph and telephone) did not deliver anything like the kind of functions radio gives.
Then again, there is "TV" vs. "telly", a technology that used to be wireless and now is mostly cable. What goes around comes around, I guess.
Re: Re: Re: I know why as well, Nanananah! by Washington on 2000-03-13 01:55:58  |  Reply to this
  I have a question, Loco: Zuchinis and courgettes ? How and Why are these different. I mean, its only a veggi, for shits sake!
Re: Re: Re: Re: I know why as well, Nanananah! by Amelia on 2000-03-13 03:12:23  |  Reply to this
  Not different at all. Zucchini is to courgette as Eggplant is to aubergine. But I have never completely grasped what a "vegetable marrow" is.
Marrow by Kid Loco on 2000-03-14 05:54:10  |  Reply to this
  Its like a big courgette. As far as I know, with a soft middle and a hard ring inside. Uuuugh! Not nice.
Re: I know why as well, Nanananah! by tommie on 2000-03-11 07:00:39  |  Reply to this
  Then there are the unfortunate misunderstandings, as evidenced by ISNT IT OBVIOUS's response to Tetra Grammaton in "Ginger Buggers".
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Re: Re: your home town by tommie on 2000-03-03 19:14:24  |  Reply to this
  And what do you call that guy in the car who whips out in front of steals the parking spot you were about to pull into?
Re: Re: Re: your home town by tommie on 2000-03-03 19:16:24  |  Reply to this
  (Probably the same thing you call a guy who cannot construct a correct sentence. *sheesh*!)
Re: Re: Re: Re: your home town by Sugoi on 2000-03-15 09:52:53  |  Reply to this
  Oh I dunno. I think there are three different categories of people with bad grammar.

A. People like myself, who are just lazy bastards and do not always make corrections and tend to be incoherent. ^_^

B. People who haven't had a good education. I pity them, and I don't think we should make fun of them.

c. People who don't even make an attempt at good grammar. These people are the ones I can't stand...

-Sugoi, who is always lonely.
Re: Re: Re: your home town by Washington on 2000-03-09 10:16:46  |  Reply to this
  Amelia and Tommie. I am british and o can answer all your questions: a) Changing rooms b) Checkout point c) Receipt Tommies question, well, i guess its the same as in america: d) A bastard
Re: Re: Re: Re: your home town by Amelia on 2000-03-09 16:03:17  |  Reply to this
  Aha! A true cultural exchange right here on the World-Wide Web!

a) Dressing rooms
b) Checkout counter
c) Receipt
d) Bastard