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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #135 on: November 22, 2013, 10:47:28 PM »
And, for heaven's sake, don't ask a Brit to pronounce jalapeņo, chipotle, (pretty much any Mexican food, they'll get the pronunciation wrong), Maryland, Houston (so many American cities Brits struggle with...)

(in case you're wondering, they pronounce the j as a j and the n as an ordinary n, they say chiPAHTul, Merry-land, WHOston....)

Jalapeno and just about any other Hispanic word has the "J" sounding like
"H".

My younger sister after her marriage had lived on the east coast or once, in Ohio. When her Air Force husband was transferred back to Texas, they both had to get 'reacquainted'  with the place where they were born.

I didn't understand how shallow they had progressed in doing so until one time when I was visiting her she suggested we have lunch at her favorite Mexican Restaurant. I asked the name as we were driving and she said "Josey's."

A minute later she said "There it is" and turned into a parking lot. There was no Josey's in sight.

"Oh, did you mean Josey's?"  Pronouncing it Hosey's, of course.

"No, Josey's," pointing, "right there."

It took a little explaining, but she finally got it.  :D
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #136 on: November 22, 2013, 10:55:33 PM »
So like the State with a NO on the end? Or is ore just or?

Or-eh-GAH-no

Similar to Oregon + no, but more "ah" in the third syllable (depending on how you pronounce Oregon in the first place I guess)
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #137 on: November 22, 2013, 11:06:31 PM »
I remember my first time in a chemistry lab in the UK, I felt like such a dunce. Everything had a different name:

US: CAP-ih-lare-ee tube
UK: cuh-PILL-ah-ree chube

(oh, I forgot - a most 'u's in the UK are pronounced as if there is a 'y' in front of it: duke = dyuke, tube = chube, student = styudent, etc)

US: clamp stand
UK: retort stand (where does 'retort' come from? Do the stands talks back to you over here?)

I was forever having to have additional instruction because I didn't know what anything was, which proved their underlying belief that Americans are desperately under-educated (this was the belief 25 years ago, they've caught up with us since then ;) )
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #138 on: November 22, 2013, 11:45:23 PM »
I've never had to be on the other side of the coin and trying to decipher in another country so I can see by your examples Amie, it really is rather difficult. Must be yet another world with a full language barrier.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #139 on: November 23, 2013, 04:10:46 AM »
I say jalapeņo with a HU sound because I heard it spoken (probably by Americans) before I saw it written down. And I can say Yosemite (some brits who saw before heard say Yoss-er-might.)

But, I think you take things too far. I'm sure Jesus must get pretty annoyed with people saying his name Hay-zoose!
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #140 on: November 23, 2013, 07:58:02 AM »
I say jalapeņo with a HU sound because I heard it spoken (probably by Americans) before I saw it written down. And I can say Yosemite (some brits who saw before heard say Yoss-er-might.)

But, I think you take things too far. I'm sure Jesus must get pretty annoyed with people saying his name Hay-zoose!

They do in Mexico without issue.  ;D ;D

from another thread, FF, you said "bickies" and I have no idea what those are. Can you put that in American?
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #141 on: November 23, 2013, 09:15:26 AM »
"bickies" are cookies (if it's the same in Australia as UK) - the dry kind, not the chewy kind. Short for biscuits.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #142 on: November 23, 2013, 09:19:58 AM »
Actually though, looking at it in context (she said "wine + bickies + cheese") I'm wondering if Australian bickies are different from UK bickies. Maybe Australian bickies are more like crackers? (which, I don't eat crackers much, so I'm not sure what the UK term for them is. It might be "crackers"... or maybe it's "biscuits" and you just work it out from context whether they mean sweet or savoury..."crackers" in the UK are also those things you pull on Christmas day, that pop and have a hat, a joke and a prize inside them: http://www.marksandspencer.com/Crackers-Trees-Decorations-Christmas/b/1323242031?extid=ps_ggl_ChristmasShopCrackers_CrackersGeneric&kwid=43828571_Google+Adwords&s_kwcid=AL!2750!3!13339480073!e!!g!!christmas%20crackers&ef_id=wr5OUNkb0jIAAEJe:20131123142239:s)
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #143 on: November 23, 2013, 10:15:32 AM »
"bickies" are cookies (if it's the same in Australia as UK) - the dry kind, not the chewy kind. Short for biscuits.

Absolutely right :D

Fly... a few posts back you mentioned "pigs" being another name for coppers. I had a memory flash of a highway road sign when I was a kid that warned drivers of the possible presence of the Police air patrol. Someone had crossed that out and spray-painted "Pigs In Space" over top :P

Thanks for starting this thread mate. Sometimes I feel like I'm stuck in limbo - not feeling quite Aussie or Canuck. It's good to know I haven't actually forgotten as much Aussie slang as I thought I did ;)
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #144 on: November 23, 2013, 10:43:01 AM »
... which, I don't eat crackers much, so I'm not sure what the UK term for them is. It might be "crackers"... or maybe it's "biscuits" ...

Biscuits can be sweet or savour and crackers are a subset of savoury biscuits. So you have cheese and biscuits and one (or more) of the types of biscuit in the selection will be crackers. English Uni studes can survive for many months on a box of Ritz crackers.

Can we introduce the French into the mix? They have cheese before the main course rather than after pudding  :o
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #145 on: November 23, 2013, 11:15:25 AM »
And we don't have pudding at all.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #146 on: November 23, 2013, 11:23:36 AM »
And we don't have pudding at all.

I used to have pudding all the time, growing up in Florida. It's a sort of creamy custardy dessert. Brits call it blancmange.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #147 on: November 23, 2013, 11:24:41 AM »
And we don't have pudding at all.

Some do, else why do all the grocery stores still sell mixes and the ready made?  But I've noticed it's most popular among the older generation.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #148 on: November 23, 2013, 12:09:07 PM »
And we don't have pudding at all.

No wonder you are all so angry. All that shouting at each other and invading countries could be avoided if you'd just have a bit of spotted-dick.
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Re: How Do You Say It?
« Reply #149 on: November 23, 2013, 12:19:58 PM »
Or sticky toffee pudding. I think that's better for avoiding international conflict than spotted dick.
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