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Old Jun 14, 2011, 12:07 AM   #31
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How about Chips?

When I go to the grocery store and tell my wife I want some chips (the in the bag, fried snack food), my wife (who is from England) corrects me and says that chips are the long deep fried side dish that is often served with fish -- in other words the chips in "fish and chips", which us Canadians (and Amercians?) know as french fries (or simply fries.)

What I in fact want, she says, are not "chips" but "crisps". Now by this point, my craving for any snack food of any type has greatly diminished.

I don't think our daughters have quite figured all this out yet.

And don't ever mention football to my wife . . . She's got me and my daughters all confused over that one too.

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Old Jun 14, 2011, 5:09 AM   #32
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G'day again ...

Reading this gives me a warm & fuzzy .....
It's wonderful reading each viewpoint - without anyone getting hot under-the-collar and calling others names etc etc

Regards, Phil
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Old Jun 14, 2011, 6:52 AM   #33
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I think my daughter enjoys the different perspectives (and the confusion). <grin>

I remember she came home one day and told me her teacher asked her what she was and she didn't quite know how to answer.

So we came up with that she was half Japanese, half English, but all Canadian. She chuckled.

She came back the next day and said the teacher said that wasn't possible. <grin>

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Old Jun 14, 2011, 6:58 AM   #34
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How about Char?

When my wife asks for a cup-o-char, in Canada we might wonder why she would want a cup full of fish. But what she's really asking for is a cup of tea.

But here's the thing. In Japan, a cup of tea is called O-cha.

So although here in Canada it's different, my daughter's 2 ancestries have a similar word for tea.

We thought that was cool.

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Old Jun 14, 2011, 7:19 AM   #35
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How about Char?

When my wife asks for a cup-o-char, in Canada we might wonder why she would want a cup full of fish. But what she's really asking for is a cup of tea.

But here's the thing. In Japan, a cup of tea is called O-cha.

So although here in Canada it's different, my daughter's 2 ancestries have a similar word for tea.

We thought that was cool.

Which is actually originally from the Mandarin Chinese .. cha
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Which is actually originally from the Mandarin Chinese .. cha
That's just so interesting.

Just goes to show you, even divided, we're united. <grin>

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The question about English as an international lingua franca has been addressed by the European Commission. Im sure the Aussies and even the Americans will follow suite when they learn about the improvements suggested by the commission. Let me quote the press release:

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Important message from European headquarters. The European Union Commission have announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, however, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as Eurenglish.
In the first year, 's' will be used instead of the soft 'c'. Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. The hard 'c' will be dropped in favour of the 'k'. Not only will this klear up konfusion but keyboards kan have one letter less.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome 'ph' will be replased by 'f'. This will make words like 'fotograf' 20 persent shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent 'e's in the languag is disgrasful, and they should go.
By the fourth yer, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing 'th' by 'z' and 'w' by 'v'. During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary 'o' kan be dropd from vords kontaining 'ou', and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
Ze drem vil finali kum tru!

Kjell

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Old Jun 14, 2011, 9:28 PM   #38
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Kjell, ewe R phunnie. Soz Inglis, but Mienglish iz betur than Eurenglish.

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ROTFLMAO!!!

Amazingly enough I actually managed to pick my way through all that!
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G'donyakell

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ROTFLMAO!!!
Amazingly enough I actually managed to pick my way through all that!
an uz peepl ere downunda also hav owr own langrige calld STRINE
we keepit speshal fer themlot from upyor way
I kood put sumup'ere ifya'd like ??

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