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Some More Differences - Including "Daring" Expressions

Bum. In the UK, the definition of 'buns' (cv) describes more than adequately the biggest muscle in the body. In the US, a person whom we would call a tramp. Also the act of being a bum. I have been reliably informed that Take That (screaaaaammmmm!) have cute bums but only one (the scruffy git (cv) with the dreadlocks) actually looks like one...

Buying a drink. Those establishments where you buy alcohol late at night where you are not allowed to drink it on the premises are called Off Licences (or Offies) in the UK and Liquor Stores in the US. I'm over 21 and was repeatedly carded(US)/id'ed(UK) when I tried to buy beer (this was before I tried American beer). I thought that a British Passport was good enough ID for a liquor store since it got me in the country, but no, I needed an in-state driver's licence. Hellooo? I'm a tourist with a British Passport and an English accent who is wearing a t-shirt with UK tour dates on the back. Don't you think I *might* be the genuine article? (Sorry. The incident still annoys me.)

Crusty. In the US the state of a bread roll when it is freshly baked and smelling yummy. In the UK, as well as this, a person of possibly no real fixed abode who engages in an alternative lifestyle involving travelling around the country, wearing 'alternative' clothes (ex-army or hippie gear), having a pragmatic attitude to drugs and has possibly dubious personal hygiene. They would rather be called 'Travellers' and I admire them for their stance against 'straight' society. (oooh a bit of politics there...)

English. We speak english in the UK. So do you in the US. But yet we don't speak the same language...

Merchant Banker. On both sides of the Atlantic an honourable and decent profession. In the UK, cockney rhyming slang for an onanist (see 'wanker'). Possibly apt.

North/South divide. Ask anyone from the north of England where the North ends and the South begins, they might say 'Worksop' is the dividing line. Ask anyone from the south and they might say 'north of Oxfordshire' or even 'north of London'. These definitions differ by well over 100 hundred miles! In the north the people have cloth caps, whippets (racing dogs, not aerosol cans of whipped cream!), keep pigeons, speak in a funny way and drink bitter in grim working mens clubs. In the south, the people are either country yokels who speak in a funny way, or people with loads of money who speak like the Queen or brash Cockneys who speak in funny way while engaged in dealings of a dubious nature and drinking lager. That is, if you believe the stereotypes as portrayed in the media. It is all utter bollocks (cv).

Please and sorry. In the UK, no sentence is complete with either or even both of these words. In the US, the former is said begrudgedly and 'What's the name of your lawyer?' is said instead of the latter.

Waste disposal. In the UK our household waste is called 'rubbish' and is taken away by the dustmen or bin men in their dustcart. In the US you have two types of household waste - garbage and trash. Also, you see that piece of street furniture which you are supposed to put the packaging from your lunch? We call them bins; you call then trash cans. I was sooo confused about this.

Women's things. Pads = US. Towels = UK. Tampons = everywhere. Do you have the ones with wings too? Do you have a patronising Clare Rayner-type who does the advert?


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I learned more today about the differences.  :)


Lol - I am also learning - :D.

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Wait a minute! :O

Some of these "differences" are misleading, as presented.

For example (among the more delicate subjects), a "towel" in Britain by itself would not ordinarily suggest a feminine hygiene product, but simply a cloth with which to dry something. One has to specify a sanitary towel, just as in American usage, one says sanitary napkin or sanitary pad to make the meaning clear. A tampon, by contrast, primarily refers to one particular use, although more generally, it can also refer to an absorbent material used in first aid or surgery to stanch the flow of blood from a wound.



Lol - :D!

Perfectly said, T(h)ink; when I learnt English, we used "sanitary towel", as in French, you also add the adjective for "sanitary" (i.e. serviette hygiénique). The Germans referred to a composed word involving "month" (i.e. Monatsbinden). But certain people found that I was old-fashioned - lol.

And "tampon" was generally used, but the word has several definitions, and the "older version" refers to various types of pads and also to plotter and inking pads, or stamps, buffers, plugs, stoppers, etc.

@ Marianne:

Lol, did the "certain people" prefer the word 'Damenbinde' instead, or was it the method that they considered old-fashioned? :ermm:


Lol - there are several synonyms in German - both are used:



and a funny one :D - but shhhh:


As to old-fashioned or modern; the bio and reusable sanitary towels (resp. napkins) seem to become a new trend.



LOL!  I had heard of the Surfbrett before, but not the A—krawatte!  :O :blush: :O :D


And A—krawatte is something of a misnomer, since it is not exactly for that part of the anatomy, but good taste forbids my suggesting a more precise expression.  :O:blush::angel::D


Well, it could serve as such for sumotori, i.e. sumo wrestlers - lol. :D:blush::angel::D



LOL, but even in the case of sumo wrestlers, the "Binde" only partially covers the A—h, whereas other parts are COMPLETELY covered.

P.S. The three guys in the middle of the line look too skinny to be sumo wrestlers.  The two at the end of the line look more the part.  :D


Lol - it is indeed a weird discipline and a strange dressing mode:




Lol, according to the rules, if a sumo wrestler's "Binde" falls off, he loses the match.

Also, they seemed to be more modest in earlier times. :D



Yes, that is correct - it is quite interesting to read about their history.

Indeed, they were, in general, rather humble in the past - as was their condition.


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