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One Billion Words and you still don't understand

By faradhi ·
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Wow, We have 1 billion words with which to argue.

WOO HOO!!!

-edited to change a word

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Ginger ale and tonic water two different mixes.

by Oz_Media In reply to While it wasn't gin

Canada Dry sells both.

Tonic is purely tonic water, Ginger ale is LIKE tonic, but not as dry and has ginger in it of course.

Next time, tell the drunks to figure out what they want first.

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True but

by JamesRL In reply to Ginger ale and tonic wate ...

Add in to the mix the fact that Canada Dry also sells both Tonic Water and Club Soda...

When I was very young I was on a band trip to Chicago and on way back the bus stopped at a truck stop. We all spilled out to stretch our legs and get a drink. I was not wanting something sweet like Coke or Ginger Ale, but I was thirsty. I saw a vending machine and half asleep as I was I ordered Tonic water (yellow label) as opposed to Club Soda (poor man's mineral water and what I was really after). If you aren't prepared for the somewhat bitter taste of Tonic water, it can wake you up. It contains quinine which is anti malaria and bitter medicine. I came close to spitting it out on the spot.

I actually prefer Scweppes ginger ale to canada dry. Back in the day I used to drink Canadian Club rye whisky and Schweppes Ginger Ale.

James

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That wouldn't get you tonic here either

by Oz_Media In reply to What???

Tonic WATER would get you that bland mixer, SODA would get you crackers or baking soda.

I had to laugh last weekend, I stood in line at Emerald Downs (Auburn, WA) and watched people order 'LARGE MASHED POTATOES WITH GRAVY!'

I looked at one fat dork and said, "That's a side for an entree, not a snack, you fat f**k!" to which he seemed quite puzzled, perhaps 'entree' threw him off?!

We later went to Applebees by the Casino and I just about died when they said the steak didn't come with a CHOICE of potatoes (I prefer a large baked spud with my steak) but it only came with mashed and gravy (they were baby spuds so baked was not an option). I got the steak and it was covered in GRAVY!!! So I sent it back and ordered sopmething else. Way to kill a steak? Wasn't much of a steak anyway, no Alberta beef there. It looked like a sliver of fine Italian leather.

When we were at the golf course, we ordered lunch and EVERYTHING was available smothered in gravy. Don't you guys have food that actually tastes like food, so you don't have to hide it in gravy? I remember when the US had neat food choices and even fast food was alright, but now it's just low quality quantity.....smothered in gravy. I know they aren't exactly restaurants I was at but still, GROSS! But then again, since my last trip to Montreal, I'v erealized that even our finest restaurants serve spew in comparisson to the 'better' restaurants in Montreal (but we have cheaper Scotch in Vancouver than the US or back east).

ANYHOW, language? What are Americans commenting on English language for? You don't even speak English, you speak American and no they are not the same thing, in fact in many ways they aren't even CLOSE to the same language.

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Loved the story

by oneamazingwriter In reply to That wouldn't get you ton ...

and I have to agree that Americans do not speak English. The boys from England taught me that much! But whether it's a Lou or a John, it still has a man's name and a throne is a throne in any country! LOL

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Lou??

by neilb@uk In reply to Loved the story

The correct spelling of the word is "loo". The origins of the word are very unclear. In fact it's one of the more celebrated puzzles in etymology.

Most people think that it's origins are French but there is no agreement as to which French phrase (if it was one). It's - relatively - modern and less than a hundred years old.

Myth says that it comes from the habit of the mediaeval British housewives of warning passers-by with the cry "Gardy loo!" before chucking the contents of their chamber pots out of upstairs windows. The original French was "gardez l'eau!" or "watch out for the water!". The date puts the lie to that one.

Not, though, a man's name.

Provided free of charge by Neil's International Translations services (NITS (tm)) because I'm running a 50GB Exchange restore and I'm bored...

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Blunders R Us

by oneamazingwriter In reply to Lou??

ROFL. Thanks, neilb!

That was really neat! The boys never spelled it for me, and they were probably young enough that they didn't know what the term was derived from.

The most important part of the stay was that they all learned to put the seat down! Standing rule was that if I fell in there would be no fresh cakes and pies! LOL

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Before we wax too lyrical

by daveo2000 In reply to Loved the story

about British vs American English, I work for a multi-national and was sent to London a few times (and visited around a bit) and found that the Brits are butchering the language just about as badly as we are over here. And they can't blame it on us since they are making different changes. I have spoken with a few friends from 'over there' about the topic and they concurred. I heard Prince Charles made a speech about the decline of English in England by translating a bit by Shakespeare into relatively modern English. It was hilarious.

But as far as "pure" language goes, the only way you can call what is spoken in England "the Only Proper English" is if you attribute that to the fact it is spoken in England. Neither in America nor England (not even in the Great White North) do they speak the same language as was spoken in 1776 when we theoretically DID speak the same. (Does anyone know how the Mother Tongue is fairing in Australia in the same comparison?)

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Food varies

by daveo2000 In reply to That wouldn't get you ton ...

I know you don't often want to hear anything good about "that waist land" below the border but there are a fair number of places that sell well cooked meals.

It sounds like you were in a tourist trap to start with. Right there you rule out "good food at reasonable prices" unless you will be shopping at the local supermarket and cooking it yourself. Even the lower priced places I visit ASK if you want gravy since the food really doesn't need it.

You might want to take advantage of another habit of us 'mericans: the Local Food Guide. Usually, you can find a wide variety of choices... everything from sliders to break-the-bank.

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Grew up in W. Mass also

by DMambo In reply to What???

The biggest language issues that I had when I went to college in the South were about food. The worst was asking for a "grinder" in a pizza shop.

One funny thing was that being from the Northeast, I was able to speak Long Island, a language which grates on my ears, which was helpful since I could act as a translator.

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Oh the grinder!

by oneamazingwriter In reply to Grew up in W. Mass also

they are hoagies here (NJ), but I still slip up at times. I went through the same type of thing when I lived in PA.
Soda was pop in Western PA and soda pop in NC (Or do I have that backward?)
I transferred from an office in MA to one in PA and was asked for a gum band. When I looked puzzled my boss sent me out onto the floor of the store to find one. I was sent from one department to another, like a kid chasing a sky hook at comp.
Gum band=Rubber band....Duh?

They also loved my accent when I used the PA system and would look for excuses to get me on the microphone. One day I asked one of my neighbors why she spoke of warshing instead of washing and she asked where I got my idears instead of ideas!

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