Here are some of my experiences that i have had with my British English and American English
(My Blog post from Where Ponys eat Rainbows)Just sitting around after i have done all my cleaning and i had rememberd that i read John Healds Blog the other day and came across a funny story. (John is an amazing Cruise Director who is British. He was our CD on the Carnival Splendor when we were stuck at Sea and ever since then i have loved reading his blog. He has such a great sence of humour (Spelt correctly as he would say), which not everyone gets but then again hes British!!!). Anyway it was about some people he was working with and one of the ladies was British and they all stayed in a hotel. The lady had asked someone who works for Carnival Cruise to ''Knock her up in the morning'' To which he replied ''He could knock her up right now if she wanted too'' I had to laugh out loud. What she really meant was she needed a wake up call in the morning and obviously knocking someone up has a whole different meaning in America.
I remember my first time in America at Mcdonalds trying to order some Chips/Fries. I had asked for a ''Small portion of chips'' The lady looked at me as if i was from another planet and said ''Im sorry ma'am i dont understand'' so i said it again. She just looked puzzeled and i didnt get why it was so hard to understand what i was saying. Jon budged in and said ''She means small fries''. No i didnt i meant a small portion of chips but anyway the lady was like ''Ohh fries!! Chips are potatoe chips''..so i replied ''No those are Crisps''. I felt so akward and confused..I was speaking english and she didnt understand me lol.
Another time something like this happend was when me and Jon were in Vegas. We were in the Hotel room with Tim & Bri and i think we were talking about meeting them somewhere that night. They didnt know there way around to good so i asked if they had a ''Sat Nav''..I just got empty stares lol. ''A Sat Nav?'' Of course in that moment i couldnt remember the other name for it so i tried to explain what a Sat Nav is..''Ohhh GPS'' is what i got back haha. Sat Nav, GPs..Same thing.
It happens a lot that i say something and people dont understand what im saying or question me about something. I asked one of Jons friends if i could ''Borrow the Loo'' because i was busting for a pee. To this day i still get made fun of when im around his friends. Or i have a lush pair of Zebra wellie boots!! You know what they are dont you..
Rainboots according to Americans. And what makes it even funnier is i say zE(like'E'lephant)bra and not Ze(ee)bra. Hard to explain but if your American, next time you speak to someone British ask them to say: Zebra :-P
One of my favourites is ''Cheeky Cow''. I dont even know how to explain it when i say it to someone and they dont know what it is but this is what it means according Urban Dictionary.
Cheeky is a word used by english people like myself. 1. it is a word used to describe someone who does something or says something sort of disrespectful and sometimes rude, but says it in a cunning way. 2. can also be used in a more serious way i.e if you found out that one of your friends has been talking behind your back, you might say that she is a "cheeky bitch"
1. student says: miss, i like your sweat patches, i think they look nice against that lovely brown dress you are wearing today...Teacher says: "dont be so cheeky"
or Another term for quick or sly."Do you fancy a cheeky drink down the pub while the missus is busy."
Some differences between the 2 langauges:
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