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Thread: Understanding English at the Olympics (Funny)

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    Super Member coopah's Avatar
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    I just about thought I was from Mars when a relative came back ffrom England and told me they "had a brew-up in the lay by." (Cup of tea in the rest stop.)
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    haha too funny!
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    This is a great thread to help us know and more importantly, understand each other. Sometimes it could be pretty easy to take offense at a truly innocent remark.

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    Love it! I really enjoy language. Another one that makes me wince at the Olympics is 'rooting for your team'. In Australia rooting is a very coarse and yucky word for intercourse.

    One query on the original post though- who says casinos are common in England? They absolutely are not. However, betting shops/bookmakers/bookies are, and they are places where you place bets (or have a punt) on the outcome of events, notably but not exclusively horse races. But punter is such a common term now, I dont think it has anything to do with gambling. It is often used to mean 'customer'.

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    Thanks Kitsie!
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    here's a few more:-

    trunk (of car) = boot
    hood = bonnet
    pavement = road
    sidewalk = pavement
    purse = handbag
    wallet = purse
    in line = queue
    cell phone = mobile phone

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