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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #30 on: October 06, 2010, 08:09:28 AM »
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I heard that ponos means 'pride' in Serbian, I laughed because in Russian it means 'diarrhoea'.  ;D

Ponos means pride in Croatian too.

Well I must say (please don't ban me) that Kite on Croatian "street" language means Penises.

Oh and Disco on Latin means Studying. LOL

In which case you would literally be...School Girl? HAHAH

Curse you dead languages.

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2010, 01:20:42 PM »
has someone said "chips" yet?

In the US, they are thin, crispy potatoes, as opposed to what we call "french fries."

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2010, 04:55:27 PM »
^ good one.

What about pop? This is a very regional thing in North America - pop can be pop, soda, tonic, coke (even when it's not a cola) depending on where you are. What is it called in other countries?

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« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2010, 07:23:06 PM »
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^ good one.

What about pop? This is a very regional thing in North America - pop can be pop, soda, tonic, coke (even when it's not a cola) depending on where you are. What is it called in other countries?

oh yah! I had a Canadian teacher once who was always so confused that we Texans may say we want a coke, even if we want Sprite, or Dr Pepper. he called it all pop.  :D

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #34 on: October 10, 2010, 02:39:48 PM »
what you yanks call 'soda' or 'pop' we call soft drink.

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« Reply #35 on: October 10, 2010, 02:43:59 PM »
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what you yanks call 'soda' or 'pop' we call soft drink.

Few of us in the Northeastern United States would call soda 'pop'.  We might call it a soft drink.

I'm pretty sure Pop is what folks in the South use.

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2010, 04:43:44 AM »
Yeah it was soda pretty much everywhere I've been in the states (west coast, mid west and east coast)

as in "unlimited soda refills to make you fat as f***"

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« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2010, 05:13:36 AM »
Then we have the whole Hoagie, Sub, Hero, Grinder thing. What do they call ham, salami, provolone cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and whatever else on an Italian roll in your part of the world?

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2010, 05:34:32 PM »
In Western Canada we call them subs or hoagies.

But speaking of "rolls", the Western Canadian word is "buns". And of course, "buns" can be used in a different way (our boys from Dublin have a penchant for slapping eachother's "buns"  ;))

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2010, 08:27:25 PM »
In the midwest soft drinks are called either soda or pop.  Hoagies are usually called subs.

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« Reply #40 on: November 27, 2010, 09:18:16 PM »
Hoagies are always and only hoagies in Philly.

A grinder is a hoagie that you've toasted on a grill.

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #41 on: November 27, 2010, 09:29:02 PM »
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what you yanks call 'soda' or 'pop' we call soft drink.

Few of us in the Northeastern United States would call soda 'pop'.  We might call it a soft drink.

I'm pretty sure Pop is what folks in the South use.

Nope. We use coke. As was noted before that could mean Coke (or Co-coler if you are over the age of 70ish), Pepsi, Sprite, Dr Pepper or any other fizzy type drink.

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #42 on: December 03, 2010, 07:48:01 AM »
Awesome.

If I believe all dictionaries I looked into the Americans use it for something great and fantastic, the UK use it for terrible or horrifying.

Heard an interview with one of my fave bands from Southern California they had with a Radio station in Manchester and as the boys used awesome for their british fans, the interviewer kind of stopped and went quiet...

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #43 on: December 03, 2010, 07:59:33 AM »
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Awesome.

If I believe all dictionaries I looked into the Americans use it for something great and fantastic, the UK use it for terrible or horrifying.

Heard an interview with one of my fave bands from Southern California they had with a Radio station in Manchester and as the boys used awesome for their british fans, the interviewer kind of stopped and went quiet...

interesting. I was watching an interview with one of my favorite British bands (I am from USA) and they used the word Awesome several times. I could tell they were using it sarcastically, but I didn't realize this was a general British thing! thanks!

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Re: Words that mean different things in other countries...
« Reply #44 on: December 03, 2010, 08:39:13 AM »
In Hungarian, Puszi (pronounced "p****" of course) means a kiss on the cheeks (or any friendly kiss without sexual motivation) and of course many people greet their friends with kisses, and sometimes say p****, p****, much to the amusement of English speaking bystanders...

Another one is "kuki" (pron. same as cookie) which means "pecker"...