Recommended Posts

The other day, having coffee with some friends, I said, 'so, I went and got a Biro'......My friends went, whoa back up a minute, what's a Biro? So I explained, made a sideways fist and clicked my thumb up and down, then they got it. I must admit I haven't used that word in decades, it just popped out my mouth. Any other ex-pats come out with old words and flummox those around them?

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

when I was working in San Diego...i got weird looks when i nipped out for fag.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good job you weren't in LA or San Francisco, they'd have all come outside with you .

  • Upvote 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah yes, well, as of the Church of Englands announcement today, you can have women prelates (would these be prelatesses?)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They would be a prelatrix.

katyjay. When in America once I mentioned the timescale 'fortnight'. What's a fortnight was the response.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The other day, having coffee with some friends, I said, 'so, I went and got a Biro'......My friends went, whoa back up a minute, what's a Biro? So I explained, made a sideways fist and clicked my thumb up and down, then they got it. I must admit I haven't used that word in decades, it just popped out my mouth. Any other ex-pats come out with old words and flummox those around them?

It is said that we and the Americans are two nations separated by a common language.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wouldn't call "Nottinghamese" a common language.....LOL

England and America share another trait, regional accents, them on the right coast sound different than those of the left coast, and "dahn 'ere" where I live they sound a lot different to northeners.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Same over here fernilee, it's a stove.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Back in the early 70's there was a long running discussion in the letters of Motor magazine as to what the correct measurement of speed should be - my favorite: "Furlongs per fortnight". I regularly use it here - confuses the locals summat 'orrible it does!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Suckers any one?

and as for rubbers........... slywink

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those rubbers were also called 'Johnnies'..... :P

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You might get a shock one day and say that to a retired surveyor Eric, he might come up with a chain a second..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think that's how a cricket pitch was set up, isn't 22 yds a chain????

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Power point. They think that is some kind of computer presentation over 'ere.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, but most folk know seconds! Chains/fortnight might be good though! However, you do have to be careful with Americans - they still understand measurements like bushel and peck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The other day, having coffee with some friends, I said, 'so, I went and got a Biro'......My friends went, whoa back up a minute, what's a Biro? So I explained, made a sideways fist and clicked my thumb up and down, then they got it. I must admit I haven't used that word in decades, it just popped out my mouth. Any other ex-pats come out with old words and flummox those around them?

Laszio Biro born in Hungary invented the ball-point pen.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's another one from the distant past CATCHPOLE a bailiff/tax collector.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My grandma, when she was still around, always referred to the pavement as the causeway.

Never heard it used by anyone else since.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I guess that's where 'corsy' comes from.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Laszio Biro born in Hungary invented the ball-point pen.

Did Sir Walter Raieigh invite the bike? ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

#24. Don't be silly, he invented tobacco.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...