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It doesn't mean the same thing here!

As some of us (Brits) become more interested in US politics I am reminded of my one trip to the USA a few years ago. I was in Boston and some of the locals were interested in the design of our UK banknotes. I mentioned that even though there is a picture of the queen on the note I do like it even though I am a committed republican. I was immediately told: Don't say that around here! It was very nice to then discuss how one word can mean very different things to different people. By the way I am very fond of our American friends and of your lovely country.

Sandster 7 May 29

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Lots of words have different meanings. I was talking with my partners daughter in law and she said her father was a keen skier. I said I was also a keen skier but not very competent. This completely confused her and eventually we talked about something else. I figured out later that to her keen meant good or competent not enthusiastic as I understand the word to mean.
It is also dangerous to make ironic comments as any comment is taken at face value. The USA certainly is an irony free zone.

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Oh Sandster, I have an even better story. I lived in USA for many years and managed for years without any serious fauxpas. Towards the end of my last pregnancy, I was with a colleague who said he was just nipping out of the office. He was a gay, which is irrelevant, except big gob here said 'Oh are you going for a fag break' (fag=cigarette in UK slang). I was instantly horrified and flushed bright red! He did a double look then was literally rolled on the ground laughing! I did ask my daughter's teacher for a 'rubber' (eraser) but she just looked at me like I was an idiot.

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I'm Aussie and agree. Socialism is another meaning that gets lost over the pond.

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Our lovely country may not be around much longer. Got a room I can rent cheap?

Try Airbnb , one of the many imports from your lovely country.

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