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Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Question for Ye Brits, Canucks, Kiwis and Ozzies on 07/20/2011 15:05:40 MDT Print View

What's your take on Americanisms? :)

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Americanisms on 07/20/2011 16:25:03 MDT Print View

I think it is natural and healthy for different cultures to have their own slang. Where to even begin with Kiwi slang...?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Americanisms on 07/20/2011 16:56:48 MDT Print View

I agree, Lynn! It's differences that can make traveling a lot of fun. You can introduce us to Kiwiism. Tramping is one that I know of.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Question for Ye Brits, Canucks, Kiwis and Ozzies on 07/20/2011 17:31:48 MDT Print View

My bad irritates me as prey tell (sorry Ben) also does...
But a lot of Americanism is used here in Australia because we hear it every day on TV.
Of course most English speaking countries have their own version as I found out going from the UK to NZ and then here in Australia.
One offensive expression that is used often here is "free gift" .
I surely would hate to pay for one.
Can't stand the Kiwi "score!!!" but we use the potentially equally irritating "you beauty!"...

N13
" Does nobody celebrate a birthday anymore, must we all "turn" 12 or 21 or 40?"
Not every one celebrates birthdays..
Franco

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Question for Ye Brits, Canucks, Kiwis and Ozzies on 07/20/2011 17:49:41 MDT Print View

'Pray, tell' -- t's English! :)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Question for Ye Brits, Canucks, Kiwis and Ozzies on 07/20/2011 19:10:47 MDT Print View

I must have had religion in mind (prey)
anyway...
pray tell
I don't recall ever hearing that expression in London (3+ years) but sounds like it is popular in the Bible Belt over there.


Least favourite Kiwi expression : Choice !
Franco
BTW, I am very fond of NZ. The only country where you get sex after five.

Edited by Franco on 07/21/2011 03:08:04 MDT.