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American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 12 Jan 2019, 12:44

I was listening to a great old song last night, and it reminded me of another word in the US that's different here in Australia.

"Biscuit"

Here in Oz, a biscuit is what Americans would call a cookie - a sweet treat.

To Americans, a biscuit is something they have with their dinner - kinda like a small bread roll that they mop up gravy with.

Is that right, Seth and Texan?

Something like a scone, or maybe even Yorkshire Pudding.

So, can anyone guess what song I was listening to?

The line was "pass the biscuits, please", and the song is 50 years old.

No Googling :bgrin
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Re: American Words

Postby SethBullock » 12 Jan 2019, 13:15

Yes, that's what a biscuit is in the U.S.
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Re: American Words

Postby Texan » 12 Jan 2019, 13:21

My grandmother (Mama Grace) made the best homemade biscuits from scratch. They were great with just butter, but we usually added honey, syrup, or some type of jelly. I miss her.
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Re: American Words

Postby HBS Guy » 12 Jan 2019, 14:17

Too much baking powder/soda for my taste, just as with our similar tho sweet scones. Don’t mind it in muffins tho.

Cookie is one of four words English inherited from Dutch.

I see on the internet at times an Australian critisising American spelling. The Mayflower pilgrims took with them English as it was spoken at the time and that became spoken by the nation USA. In England Beau Brummel started a fashion of wanting to be more French and that is when unnecessary “u”s got added to words like color, valor etc and the season between summer and winter became known as “autumn” instead of “fall.”

The yanks have it right. But it is aluminium not aluminum :rofl :rofl :rofl
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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 12 Jan 2019, 16:52

SethBullock wrote:Yes, that's what a biscuit is in the U.S.


Weird :bgrin

Biscuits, in Australia:

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So, did anyone guess the song?

Here are some more lyrics:

And papa said to mama, as he passed around the blackeyed peas
Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense; pass the biscuits, please
There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow
And mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 12 Jan 2019, 17:08

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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 12 Jan 2019, 17:53

Fall.

That's another one.

In the US, fall is a season (autumn, here).

Here, it's losing your balance and collapsing.

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Re: American Words

Postby Texan » 12 Jan 2019, 22:50

America is a melting pot. Our language has evolved from many languages. Some Texans speak Spanglish.

A guy said “howdy” to me in Kansas last week. I had to ask. He was from Oklahoma.
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Re: American Words

Postby mothra » 13 Jan 2019, 01:01

I don't get why they call a 'memo' a 'meeeeeeemo'.

It's not like you need to remeeember something so you have to trigger your meeeemory.

And while i'm fucking at it ... it;s aluminium .. not alooominum. Al u-min-i-um.

And adrenaline suited the rest of the world perfectly well. What's this epinephrine shit? Released from your epinephrine glands is it? I suppose they're somewhere new also. Kidneys not good enough for you?
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Re: American Words

Postby SethBullock » 13 Jan 2019, 03:44

mothra wrote:I don't get why they call a 'memo' a 'meeeeeeemo'.

It's not like you need to remeeember something so you have to trigger your meeeemory.

And while i'm fucking at it ... it;s aluminium .. not alooominum. Al u-min-i-um.

And adrenaline suited the rest of the world perfectly well. What's this epinephrine shit? Released from your epinephrine glands is it? I suppose they're somewhere new also. Kidneys not good enough for you?


Lol ...

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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 13 Jan 2019, 06:04

SethBullock wrote:
mothra wrote:I don't get why they call a 'memo' a 'meeeeeeemo'.

It's not like you need to remeeember something so you have to trigger your meeeemory.

And while i'm fucking at it ... it;s aluminium .. not alooominum. Al u-min-i-um.

And adrenaline suited the rest of the world perfectly well. What's this epinephrine shit? Released from your epinephrine glands is it? I suppose they're somewhere new also. Kidneys not good enough for you?


Lol ...

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You're missing a letter there, old boy.

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Re: American Words

Postby mothra » 13 Jan 2019, 06:07

SethBullock wrote:
mothra wrote:I don't get why they call a 'memo' a 'meeeeeeemo'.

It's not like you need to remeeember something so you have to trigger your meeeemory.

And while i'm fucking at it ... it;s aluminium .. not alooominum. Al u-min-i-um.

And adrenaline suited the rest of the world perfectly well. What's this epinephrine shit? Released from your epinephrine glands is it? I suppose they're somewhere new also. Kidneys not good enough for you?


Lol ...

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WHAT DID YOU EVEN DO WITH THE 'I'?
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Re: American Words

Postby SethBullock » 13 Jan 2019, 06:55

We gave it to Hawaii.
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Re: American Words

Postby DonDeeHippy » 13 Jan 2019, 07:05

SethBullock wrote:We gave it to Hawaii.


:rofl :rofl like the Canadians keep thair extra F's to Bamff (loved F troop as a kid)
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Re: American Words

Postby mothra » 13 Jan 2019, 07:19

SethBullock wrote:We gave it to Hawaii.


And the 'u's? Somewhere clever i suppose?
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Re: American Words

Postby DonDeeHippy » 13 Jan 2019, 07:22

mothra wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We gave it to Hawaii.


And the 'u's? Somewhere clever i suppose?

sent them to New Zealand :purple
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Re: American Words

Postby mothra » 13 Jan 2019, 07:27

DonDeeHippy wrote:
mothra wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We gave it to Hawaii.


And the 'u's? Somewhere clever i suppose?

sent them to New Zealand :purple



What are the bloody yanks doing down here!?
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Re: American Words

Postby johnsmith » 13 Jan 2019, 08:41

:rofl :rofl
FD.
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Re: American Words

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Jan 2019, 08:53

We don’t need no steenking unnecessary “u”s!
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Re: American Words

Postby HBS Guy » 13 Jan 2019, 08:54

US billionaires are buying land in NZ to ride out the collapse of civilisation on.
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Re: American Words

Postby Lols » 13 Jan 2019, 12:41

DonDeeHippy wrote:
SethBullock wrote:We gave it to Hawaii.


:rofl :rofl like the Canadians keep thair extra F's to Bamff (loved F troop as a kid)


I been to Bamff....it's a beautiful place!

A funny thing happened in the US of A, whilst in California, meeting up with long lost rellies...they thought we had a strange accent, and one thing I noticed, a bit of a contradiction with their way of talking, every word is elongated, whilst we shorten out words somewhat.

So when I was ordering steak with 'gravy'....(don't know if I told this story or not, I tend to repeat myself, so excuse me if I already told it)
Well, Bryce quips up to me, and asks me to repeat that...so I said "Steak with graveeeeee".

He laughed and I said, how do you say it.....and he said "Gray-vi" a very short 'vi' at end.

I said, that is weird, are you sure, so I asked the waiter to pronounce graveeee...and he said it with the short "vi' at the end.

And then I quipped, seems all your words are long pronounced, and our one word that is long pronounced is short in the US....how strange is that!!
I would never have known if I didn't order the steak eh? :giggle
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Re: American Words

Postby Lols » 13 Jan 2019, 12:42

HBS Guy wrote:US billionaires are buying land in NZ to ride out the collapse of civilisation on.


Oh really? Funny thing is, we had a conversation, with the family last year, that if ever anything happened to Australia and some apolocalypse happened here, we would go to NZ to live as a choice.

So looks like them billionaires have the same idea as moiye :read
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Re: American Words

Postby greggerypeccary » 14 Jan 2019, 13:38

Oh yeah, it's "maths" - not "math".

It's short for mathematics.

Why do you Americans have to take so many letters out of words? :bgrin

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Re: American Words

Postby Dax » 14 Jan 2019, 13:58

greggerypeccary wrote:Oh yeah, it's "maths" - not "math".

It's short for mathematics.

Why do you Americans have to take so many letters out of words? :bgrin

Maths
Colour
Aluminium


They get confused with big words and have real trouble pronouncing most of the English language, you all. Just like they change every S to Z and in most words it just doesn't fit. Suppose they could say them same about our speech especially how we reduce words to flow with other words.
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Re: American Words

Postby Texan » 14 Jan 2019, 14:03

greggerypeccary wrote:Oh yeah, it's "maths" - not "math".

It's short for mathematics.

Why do you Americans have to take so many letters out of words? :bgrin

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Why do you put an "s" on your math words. Did you study calculass? (poetic license - I know it's spelled calculus.) :beer
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