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Posted by ransley on July 25, 2009, 12:42 pm
 

And when the kids in school ask for a rubber nobody stares, it means
eraser

Posted by The Daring Dufas on July 25, 2009, 4:50 pm
 
ransley wrote:

want.

text -

In the U.S., "rubbers" used to commonly mean "rubber overshoes".

TDD

Posted by Percival P. Cassidy on July 25, 2009, 5:01 pm
 ransley wrote:


Or butts and bums.


"Two great nations divided by a common language" (George Bernard Shaw?
Winston Churchill?)

But problems may arise in other varieties of English too. I had not been
in Australia long when I heard somebody ask for some Durex. In UK, as in
USA, Durex was/is a common brand of condom. Perhaps Durex condoms did
exist in Australia too, but it was also the brand of a widely used
adhesive tape (a local equivalent of "Scotch tape" -- or "Sellotape" for
the Brits; does the latter still exist?).

Perce
(dual-citizen OzBrit -- aka "whingeing Pommie bastard" -- in exile in US
Midwest)

Posted by Stormin Mormon on July 26, 2009, 1:04 am
 One of my favorite stories, was the English man in US during
the war. He was on the phone. The operator came on, asked if
he was through. He said yes, so she disconnected him. He was
storming about that over breakfast the next day. His host
found the problem.

For the English, Through = connected. Are you "through to
your party yet?". In America, Through = compelted. "Are you
through with your call?"

--
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
  www.lds.org
.



"Two great nations divided by a common language" (George
Bernard Shaw?
Winston Churchill?)

But problems may arise in other varieties of English too. I
had not been
in Australia long when I heard somebody ask for some Durex.
In UK, as in
USA, Durex was/is a common brand of condom. Perhaps Durex
condoms did
exist in Australia too, but it was also the brand of a
widely used
adhesive tape (a local equivalent of "Scotch tape" -- or
"Sellotape" for
the Brits; does the latter still exist?).

Perce
(dual-citizen OzBrit -- aka "whingeing Pommie bastard" -- in
exile in US
Midwest)



Posted by everton on July 26, 2009, 3:02 am
 On Sat, 25 Jul 2009 21:04:22 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"




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