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« on: 09/07/2007 14:40:37 »
As George Berhard Shaw said, 'England and America are two countries divided by a common language'. In the interests of pursuing international harmony, Karen and I have decided to start a topic that clarifies items across the pond. They're not "false friends" as we've seen in other threads before, but items common to both countries that have different names.....So for example, Jello, in the States is Jelly in the UK.


(UK) Trolley jack = dolly( US)      (BTW Dolly (UK) = childs lifelike toy)

(US) handtruck dolly = Sack Barrow (UK)

Isn't plaster (polifiller) in the US spackle, or something similar?

There must be LOADS more!
 


 

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« Reply #1 on: 09/07/2007 14:51:11 »
YAYYYYYY LOL! Good Idea!
 

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« Reply #2 on: 09/07/2007 15:03:18 »
Jelly in the states is Jam only using the juice and not the pulp, Jam is the use of both pulp and juice to make preserves..Stuart will you give UK translation?
 

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« Reply #3 on: 09/07/2007 15:12:24 »
wrench- spanner. Monkey wrench- adjustable spanner.

I believe that to be the case, anyway.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 09/07/2007 15:19:01 »
Jelly in the states is Jam only using the juice and not the pulp, Jam is the use of both pulp and juice to make preserves..Stuart will you give UK translation?
er, jam in the UK is "jam". When it's made of oranges, it becomes marmalade. I have absolutely no idea why though......

What did the chick say when the hen layed an orange? Look what mama laid.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 09/07/2007 15:21:00 »
LOL LOL Thats a good one and is the same here for oranges!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 09/07/2007 15:22:33 »
Jelly in the states is Jam only using the juice and not the pulp, Jam is the use of both pulp and juice to make preserves..Stuart will you give UK translation?
er, jam in the UK is "jam". When it's made of oranges, it becomes marmalade. I have absolutely no idea why though......

What did the chick say when the hen layed an orange? Look what mama laid.

Well jam is also a group of people playing instruments- willy nilly!

and you call jelly- jello in america I believe, though I have probably spelt it wrong.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 09/07/2007 15:24:16 »
jolly-jelly & jello are in the opening gambit!
 

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« Reply #8 on: 09/07/2007 15:25:13 »
That is also true of jam here also , Jam is also as in backed up traffic! JAm!
 

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« Reply #9 on: 09/07/2007 15:25:50 »
jolly-jelly & jello are in the opening gambit!

And jam! LOL
 

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« Reply #10 on: 09/07/2007 15:27:26 »
Ear "tubes" here = Gromit in UK at least in Neily language! LOL
 

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« Reply #11 on: 09/07/2007 15:29:54 »
you say ´power out´ and we say ´power cut´!


I cannot believe I posted this, it is my 1000th post and I used it for that [:-'(]
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« Reply #12 on: 09/07/2007 15:30:45 »
That is also true of jam here also , Jam is also as in backed up traffic! JAm!

You can also jam your fingers in the door jam.

Have you ever said a word so many times that it starts to lose its meaning?

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« Reply #13 on: 09/07/2007 15:40:38 »
Same here for door Jam.. LOL
Speaking of jam I just got my finger crushed between a big anvil and my cast iron stove!! Me thinks I will loose my fingernail and already it is bruising! LOL.. At least now I am crying for a reason! LOL Hurts like crazy!
 

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« Reply #14 on: 09/07/2007 15:45:52 »
Same here for door Jam.. LOL

The difference is, the spelling. It's door jamb  [^]
 

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« Reply #15 on: 09/07/2007 15:51:16 »
spelling same here I am lousy speller. It is also the pillar of an oar or paddle for a boat!
 

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« Reply #16 on: 09/07/2007 15:56:52 »
spelling same here I am lousy speller. It is also the pillar of an oar or paddle for a boat!

im lousy also, as is well known.

this is possibly the last place i worked on with door jambs...it's now closed...nothing to do with me, honest.
http://www.townfield.doncaster.sch.uk/earthcentre.htm
 

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« Reply #17 on: 09/07/2007 16:04:10 »
Paul What a cool school ! I loved the mini Gardens etc.. How cool is that!
 

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« Reply #18 on: 09/07/2007 16:09:23 »
Paul What a cool school ! I loved the mini Gardens etc.. How cool is that!

it's not a school. it was a centre focussing on enviromental issues, it was built on the grounds of an old colliery.
 

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« Reply #19 on: 09/07/2007 16:15:05 »
It says it is primary school! did you give me the right link! LOL
 

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« Reply #20 on: 09/07/2007 16:18:34 »
Oi! Go and chat in the chatty bit!

 

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« Reply #21 on: 09/07/2007 16:25:14 »
It says it is primary school! did you give me the right link! LOL

you are right, it does. the school is actually miles away from the centre, i wonder if the school has a kind of lease on the land?

they are, or atleast were not connected! ???
 

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« Reply #22 on: 09/07/2007 16:25:56 »
Thanks sorry!

(head down sulking out, guilty as charged!)
 

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« Reply #23 on: 09/07/2007 16:28:02 »
It says it is primary school! did you give me the right link! LOL

you are right, it does. the school is actually miles away from the centre, i wonder if the school has a kind of lease on the land?

they are, or atleast were not connected! ???

Hmmmmmm I wonder?

I believe biscuit here is different then there also!
 

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« Reply #24 on: 10/07/2007 00:55:41 »
dan and i have been through a lot of this before. i can't remember all of them, but he called a pickle something weird that started with a g...
 

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