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Re: Then there's New England
Max The Magnificent   2/17/2017 2:33:27 PM
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@MeasurememtBlues: There's also a way of using a negative when you mean a positive...

No way!

Well, gag me with a spoon!

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Re: Since you mentioned ping pong
Max The Magnificent   2/17/2017 2:22:35 PM
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@Randa11: ...I used to be half decent...

And the other half indecent?

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Re: An old girlfriend
Max The Magnificent   2/17/2017 2:20:48 PM
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@Jim: ...What she heard "urinated in various places"...

That would certainly put the damper on things (LOL)

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Re: Boot Sale
Max The Magnificent   2/17/2017 2:18:34 PM
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@Elizabeth Simon: ...What's a car park and why would I want to buy boots there?...

It was much the same for me coming over here. It really makes you think "I am a stranger in a strange land"

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Re: Perhaps these
Max The Magnificent   2/17/2017 2:14:29 PM
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@Antedeluvian: South African English is close to English English, so maybe these will work...

When I first came here I would forget myself and ask for directions to the "Car Park" and people's eyes would glaze over -- I meant "Parking Lot" -- over here "Park" is associated with things like "Theme Park," "Water Park," "Amusement Park," and so forth, so when people hear "Car Park" their mind tries to wrap itself around the idea of Cars at a Theme Park

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Then there's New England
MeasurementBlues   2/17/2017 1:45:49 PM
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@Max,

Then there are sayings here in New England. For example.

"Wicked" means "very," as in "wicked good."

"Wicked pissa" means even better than wicked good.

There's also a way of using a negative when you mean a positive, but I don't hear that much anymore and can't really remember how it's used. But, that be because so many of the people I know now grew up somewhere else or learned English, as opposed to "New England English."

 

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Since you mentioned ping pong
Randa11   2/17/2017 1:31:55 PM
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Since you mentioned ping pong, I used to be half decent, and, I had an american girlfriend for a while: I couldn't understand why she collapsed in a fit of laughter when I explained that I had a different rubber on either side of my bat.

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An old girlfriend
jimwilliams57   2/17/2017 1:24:37 PM
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I used to date a girl from Manchester (in England, not New Hampshire).

She asked "what did you do Saturday?"

I answered "just piddled around."

What I meant "a little of this, a little of that, but nothing of any significance."

What she heard "urinated in various places."

Like I said, I used to date her.

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Boot Sale
elizabethsimon   2/17/2017 12:52:19 PM
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From a trip to England many years ago...


What was on the sign

Boot Sale Saturday in the Car Park

What they meant (as nearly as I can tell)

flea market Saturday in the parking lot

What I understood

What's a car park and why would I want to buy boots there?

 

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Cricket
antedeluvian   2/17/2017 11:28:52 AM
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Any cricket metaphor must flummox

When I say:

It's a sticky wicket

I mean:

It's a difficult situation

What they hear:

Someone spilled a coke in front of a bank teller

 

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