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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
A break down in the language barriers?
« on: May 23, 2008, 11:21:19 PM »
Has anyone noticed themselves using foriegn words?, for instance I've notice a lot of non Brit's saying 'Mate' a lot recently :think:, And I've started calling torches flashlights!

And if you were to listen to me talking to some of my mates, you'd swear I was a boy from Jersey or something :D, Lot's of 'kinda's' and 'sorta' words being chucked into my sentences all the time now, which upsets my well spoken teacher Mum no end :D

So is it just me or have other people started adopting foriegn colloquialisms ::)

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,249
Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008, 11:37:26 PM »
I've always done a bit of that, but I work with Brits fairly often.  I'm of British ancestry too, so there are some distant relatives that I communicate with.  If most of the rednecks from my area of the country heard me call someone "mate", they would laugh their arses off.

I've always preferred most of the proper english spellings, but I have noticed that even how I greet people is different depending on where they come from.  You will never hear an American say to another, "How 'ya gettin' on?", but I will say it to my UK acquaintances at work.  I think it just adds to the comfort level somewhat.

It's funny that you mention it though, I've noticed it on other forums too.  Especially when talking about EDC items, I notice Americans will now use the phrase "nice piece of kit", which I've never heard an American utter.

It's a good thing I think, but let's not pick up on any bad habits, OK?  :P :D  For instance, don't start saying "irregardless" when you mean "regardless".  Another bad one here is the phrase, "I couldn't care less".  Unfortunately, 90% of the American population gets it completely wrong and says, "I could care less".

BTW, you'll catch me saying "torch" too because, even though I'm American, I think the word "Flashlight" is a bit awkward.

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2008, 11:44:20 PM »
Well where do I start half the clowns that I deal with sound like they come from the Bronx with a strong Weedgie accent but as much as I hate it I have found myself using words such as elevator and flashlights
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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2008, 11:45:37 PM »
Oh trust me there's a few younger brit's who can't speak english either ::)

I guess that's the beauty of Forum's and the internet as a whole, as cheesy as it sound's, it does bring us all together and make us appreciate that we're not all so terribly different :)

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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2008, 11:46:51 PM »
Well where do I start half the clowns that I deal with sound like they come from the Bronx with a strong Weedgie accent but as much as I hate it I have found myself using words such as elevator and flashlights
This country has absorbed a variety of things through the one eyed monster that is tv
:D, Thats also very true, but at least Edward Woodwood (weird name) did his bit for the english lanquage in the Equilizer :D

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Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,249
Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2008, 11:50:23 PM »
I guess that's the beauty of Forum's and the internet as a whole, as cheesy as it sound's, it does bring us all together and make us appreciate that we're not all so terribly different :)

I think you've got it there.  If we all spoke (typed?) exactly the same, I think we would all have a very difficult time figuring out the differences, wouldn't we?

Except for Def of course, I had him pegged for a Canuck right away.  :D :P

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Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2008, 11:52:46 PM »
I guess that's the beauty of Forum's and the internet as a whole, as cheesy as it sound's, it does bring us all together and make us appreciate that we're not all so terribly different :)

I think you've got it there.  If we all spoke (typed?) exactly the same, I think we would all have a very difficult time figuring out the differences, wouldn't we?

Except for Def of course, I had him pegged for a Canuck right away.  :D :P
Yeah it's pretty easy to nail down who the Canucks are, there usually really slow typist's due to axe/finger related injuries :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2008, 11:52:58 PM »
Well where do I start half the clowns that I deal with sound like they come from the Bronx with a strong Weedgie accent but as much as I hate it I have found myself using words such as elevator and flashlights
This country has absorbed a variety of things through the one eyed monster that is tv
:D, Thats also very true, but at least Edward Woodwood (weird name) did his bit for the english lanquage in the Equilizer :D
You have to respect a fat old man who made a fortune out of American tv and turned some of our cousins into Anglophiles
Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2008, 11:58:42 PM »
Mr Woodwood we salute you sir :salute: :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2008, 12:18:19 AM »
I do type mate quite a bit, but i don't say it very often. Just a quirk of mine i suppose. Torch is so much easier than flashlight (both to say and type :D ) but yeah there is a lot of borrowing of phrases from each other, which is fine by me :) I do have a bit of trouble putting down in letters sometimes what i'm trying to say, especially colloquialisms. Language is a strange thing!!

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2008, 03:04:46 AM »
I've learned several new British swear words. They come in handy at work, because no one else realizes they are swear words.  :)

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2008, 09:14:55 AM »
I've learned several new British swear words. They come in handy at work, because no one else realizes they are swear words.  :)
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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2008, 09:44:41 AM »
I always thought us Aussies held the copy right on "mate"  :P


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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2008, 10:57:44 PM »
I always thought us Aussies held the copy right on "mate"  :P
Nope our criminals took it with them :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2008, 11:04:50 PM »
I don't use many foreign words, but I do speak "forum" quite a lot now.

For example "That's a POS!" has become a very popular phrase of mine.  :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2008, 04:10:05 AM »
I always thought us Aussies held the copy right on "mate"  :P
Nope our criminals took it with them :D
Criminals :o :o I thought my ancestors were political exiles  :D :D. I do like to use "smurf" and "cobblers" , I think it comes from so much BBC on tv growing up , my boys use "sick" & "wicked", no chance of hearing them call anyone "govnor" which makes me a little :(


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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2008, 11:29:55 AM »
I always thought us Aussies held the copy right on "mate"  :P
Nope our criminals took it with them :D
Criminals :o :o I thought my ancestors were political exiles  :D :D. I do like to use "Colorful Enunciation" and "cobblers" , I think it comes from so much BBC on tv growing up , my boys use "sick" & "wicked", no chance of hearing them call anyone "govnor" which makes me a little :(
You lot still say cobblers :D, wicked is probably my most used word :-[

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2008, 11:40:37 AM »
You lot still say cobblers :D, wicked is probably my most used word :-[

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what mine is?  :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2008, 11:42:00 AM »
Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what mine is?  :D

"Yes dear" ...... :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2008, 11:42:58 AM »
Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what mine is?  :D

"Yes dear" ...... :D

Sadly, that is probably very true.  :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2008, 02:30:44 PM »
Aye, would be my guess :)

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #21 on: May 25, 2008, 02:32:04 PM »
Aye, would be my guess :)

Actually, aye is pretty common as well  :D, but awesome is probably my most over used word.

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #22 on: May 25, 2008, 02:33:50 PM »
Aye, would be my guess :)

Actually, aye is pretty common as well  :D, but awesome is probably my most over used word.
What are you, a Yank :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2008, 02:35:02 PM »
Aye, would be my guess :)

Actually, aye is pretty common as well  :D, but awesome is probably my most over used word.
What are you, a Yank :D

Nothing wrong with the Yanks mate.  :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2008, 02:37:33 PM »


Say no more ;) :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2008, 06:17:09 PM »


Say no more ;) :D
How come he gets to say "bol___ks" :D


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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2008, 07:01:07 PM »
Because he's a comedy god, and we're not :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2008, 09:33:22 PM »
Though not language-oriented, I find I tend to bow a bit when meeting people- I think it's from all the Japanese films I've seen over the years  :D ! I much prefer bowing to shaking hands- less germ transfer, sweaty palms and Johnny Steroids impressing you with his Grip of Steel. Being an Anglophile from the age of 6 or 7, I have the habit of using words like "daft" and "rotter." My weirdest is the frequent "Gott in Himmel!" I use that one especially when plumbing.
Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 43,090 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2008, 09:36:55 PM »
My weirdest is the frequent "Gott in Himmel!" I use that one especially when plumbing.
Sound's like you've been reading lots of Commando Comics mate :D

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Re: A break down in the language barriers?
« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2008, 10:32:46 PM »
I don't believe that many of you ppl could understand me. Maybe Ducktapehero or ppl like that.  I am from Southern U.S.
Tennessee to be exact (the Hills) My typing is a lot better sounding than my southern draw.  Ppl from an hour or so away can't understand me sometimes, thanks goodness my typing is better.  And I have had the urge to type "mate" a time or two myself in the short time I have been here  :D My linguistics are still terrible I just know how to spell big words  :D

 

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