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Words that mean different things in other countries...
« on: October 02, 2010, 10:02:44 PM »
English. It's funny.

What words are there that take on a completely different meaning when said in different parts of the world?

I'm always amused by this one:

"I'm rooting for the Bruins"

Now don't get me wrong... I love my football team too, but I'm not sure my love extends to dedicating my sexual exploits to them...

Another one, I think it was a powerade slogan in the 90s...

"Don't Bonk"

I believe it means don't quit, don't pike, don't give up.

But it could have been a slogan for sexual abstinance here in Australia.

What other words take on a different meaning when borders are crossed?



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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010, 10:05:20 PM »
Shag  :D :D :D         As far as I know, it is just an old haircut style from the 70's here  ;)  England, well, a much more interesting meaning there.

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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010, 10:36:32 PM »
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Shag  :D :D :D         As far as I know, it is just an old haircut style from the 70's here  ;)  England, well, a much more interesting meaning there.

Yep... Here too. Perhaps I should have called this thread 'different words for a root'... :-P

Always makes me shake my head, that brand Roots in Canada.

ROOTS KIDS on a sweatshirt is NOT right

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 11:00:50 PM »
I heard that ponos means 'pride' in Serbian, I laughed because in Russian it means 'diarrhoea'.  ;D

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 01:36:30 AM »
Bangs.

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 09:44:19 AM »
Fag, lift, bonnet, boot, biscuit.

Brisco - I knew "rooting" could be used in that connotation, but I didn't realize that you Aussies used it that way almost exclusively. So yes, the Roots Kids brand would seem quite disturbing to you.  :o

This is a little different, but I remember being in Ireland and talking with South Africans who had moved to England. They thought that the word "cookie" was the funniest word ever. They had never even heard of it.

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2010, 10:37:07 AM »
Fringe!

And this isn't confusing if you see it spelled, but if you're in Ireland and someone says, "Let's go and have a bit of the craic"...well....:D :D

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2010, 03:10:38 PM »
oh!

Fanny.

It's meaning in the US and the UK isn't miles apart. Only centimetres.

Great exchange in the UK office between keith and dawn.

'lot of crime in America'
'ok, I'll be careful'
'always keep your valuables in a bum bag'
'ok, I will'
'only over there, they call them fanny-packs... Coz fanny means your ar*e over there....... Not your minge....'

Love it...

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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010, 03:24:45 PM »
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Fanny.

That's a really common name in Swedish as well.

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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2010, 04:59:35 PM »
What's a "minge"?

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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2010, 05:46:36 PM »
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What's a "minge"?

a Fanny.   ;)

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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2010, 07:30:39 PM »
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Fag, lift, bonnet, boot, biscuit.

Brisco - I knew "rooting" could be used in that connotation, but I didn't realize that you Aussies used it that way almost exclusively. So yes, the Roots Kids brand would seem quite disturbing to you.  :o

This is a little different, but I remember being in Ireland and talking with South Africans who had moved to England. They thought that the word "cookie" was the funniest word ever. They had never even heard of it.

I still giggle when I hear an Englishman say he's out to have a fag. *hehe*

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2010, 07:31:44 PM »
also muffin.    I think a muffin in America is more like a cup-cake, but a muffin in England is less cake-y. Am I right?

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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2010, 08:33:26 PM »
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also muffin.    I think a muffin in America is more like a cup-cake, but a muffin in England is less cake-y. Am I right?

Which one was Ga-Ga bluffin' with?

And Yep... Fag has the dual meaning here as well. It's true that if an English bloke says he's going to go and have a Fag it could raise a few eyebrows. Unless that english bloke is george Michael. Then it's business as usual.

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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2010, 08:37:02 PM »
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also muffin.    I think a muffin in America is more like a cup-cake, but a muffin in England is less cake-y. Am I right?

Muffin can also mean something else entirely.