Thursday, January 1, 2009

You Say Tomatoe and I say Tomato

As you can imagine in our home life is never dull , and even after 10 years I learn something everyday.

As many of you may have read my oldest is having a baby in March ( God that means as well as having got the AARP membership last year ( Know you are getting old no way to escape I will soon be a grandad.

Now to the fun part some of the list of words I am constantly reminded about include

Petrol-- called gas hate to say it but that is what comes out of my bottom

Alluminium - not sure how to spell it but sounds like aluminum

Fa?? --- Cigarettes you can imagine the last letters ( I actually did ask for a packet of Fa?? when I first got here and wondered why the person looked at me a bit wierd )

Boot -- Trunk

squirrel --- still can not work out what I say that is so funny

Garage -- Gas Station

and the list goes on that gives Callie and Zoe hours of enjoyment at my expence BUT HAHAHAHAH

I think I got my own back they had never heard of PRAM - Perambulator so when becs was telling me all about the pram she wanted for the baby they both looked at me blank and then said " You mean stroller " this is where the fun starts if you look for a dictionary definition
Princeton Definitions

Only Definition Perambulator means
baby buggy: a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around

Stroller mean 1st definition
saunterer: someone who walks at a leisurely pace

I rule the girls drool


Have a great new year from a brit in America who has maybe won an argument for once

very difficult for any guy against two girls but even harder as a Brit against two American Girls



Rising Rainbow said...

Great to hear from you Steve! And I do know what a pram is.....not English so must be older! I heard that word used when I was a kid.

But I do have a list of words I don't get that my English blogging buddies use. I don't get why a truck is a boot though????

Hope you all have a Happy New Year!

cdncowgirl said...

Oh you make me laugh - in a good way!
"My Brit" was a co-worker, she & I bonded because I could understand her accent AND her slang as well as her 'regular' words that seem so off to us North Americans.

BTW I DO know what a pram is! :) I would have argued your side in that one (had I been there)

Callie said...

Mikael, Trunk is boot, the hood is a bonnet.

Cdn, That's only because you're Canadian! LOL

Rising Rainbow said...

Oh geez! I read that wrong, makes more sense to me that way, with the boot in the back. LOL

Laura said...

Too funny - got to love the slight differences in words and pronunciations!

Another Canadian here - we hear those words a fair bit. Know what a pram is, but I use stroller most of the time!

Grey Horse Matters said...

I've heard of pram too, but we always called it a baby carriage and the stroller was the one that folded and you took in the car. I did love my baby carriage/pram though,it was like having a playpen on wheels.
Hope you enjoy being grandparents as much as I do. We've got another girl on the way due in May. God, I feel so old sometimes!
Have a great New Year.

White Horse Pilgrim said...

And then of course there is the word "suspender" which means quite different things in Britain and the US.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

LOL. Steve, I'd like to know how you pronounce "Nevada". Since you are British, my might actually get it right. See, the locals in Nevada pronounce the middle syllable like the "a" in "dad" while people outside of the state pronounce the middle syllable like "ah" in "Paw". That's how we tell who the longime locals are vs. the newcomers and tourists. Of course, the iPhone commercial had to pronounce it wrong and CNN gets it wrong every time they do a story on Nevada, which just spreads the wrong pronunciation even further.

Becki said...

YAY!!!! Something us brits are right about! Well done Dad. LOL. Sorry Callie and Zoe. Dad actually had a good argument there. However, I do tend to come home after visiting you guys and saying words like "trash / garbage" instead of rubbish. So, I must admit, your ways do influence my way of speaking. Love to you all. xxxxx

Callie said...

All definitions for a STROLLER!

1)a four-wheeled, often collapsible, chairlike carriage in which small children are pushed.

2)a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around [syn: baby buggy]

3)A light chairlike carriage with three of four wheels for transporting small children.


Callie said...

Julian, Suspenders are what hold men's trousers up! HA ! Garder belts hold sexy underwear! hehhehe

Rising Rainbow said...

OK,OK you guys while we're debating all these terms what about the British version of "tush?" Whoops, I forgot this is probably supposed to be a "G" rated blog in case kids might be reading. But I heard from some of my British blogger friends that word doesn't mean quite the same thing there that it does here. LOL

Twisted Oaks Quarter Horses said...


GarTer belt. Steve, you didn't catch this?


White Horse Pilgrim said...

Well, Steve, I hope that innocently I've steered conversation onto a thread advantageous to you.

We were talking about attire at the barn, after one owner was seen there in high heeled boots, and decided that our regular aesthetic definitely is "haynet" not "fishnet".

Callie said...

LOL, What a great way to start the new year! LOLOLOL

The People History said...

Weell seems like agood direction to me , I could get very naughty but will keep it clean for the sake of the children or future children even if we go to far along this route .

Suffice to say we have a number of very good words for mans best friend ( and I am not talking about the dog ) that would be completly new to you

I hope you are all having a great new year and for those following the comments one of the many sayings I sometimes use is "Apples and Pears" any ideas out there on what I am talking about

No cheating and checking on cockney riming slang sites though


PS one other piece of information I did not know what diapers were as have only ever called them nappies

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Very Entertaining post. I bet you're a blast to be around. lol!

Happy New Year to you, too,
New Mexico

(ps: My word verification is "kissersu". Hmmm, any Brit definition for that one? hehe)

Rising Rainbow said...

OK, Steve, can you adam and eve it? I know the answer.......LOL

Andrea said...

Steve you are hilarious!! I moved from the North, Ohio, to the South, Louisiana, and I hear all sorts of strange things!!

But I have never heard of a PRAM!! That is great!!

Train Wreck said...

My Grandfather was English. I couldn't understand alot of words he said. He had a very thick accent, I loved it. Nice to hear from you, and congrat on your new baby.

The People History said...

Rising Rainbow you have just made my day and given me a smile first thing in the morning , it is now coming up to nine years since I read Can you "Adam and Eve It". I can see you know much more than you are telling


Just as an additional aside if i am meeting someone and may get excited I must take Callie or Zoe with me even after nine years to interpret as I tend to speak pretty fast when i get excited and can slip back to bad old ways


The People History said...

Lisa , I had to read your comment 4 times trying to work out what kissersu could possibly mean before i sussed you were talking about WORD VERIFICATION am I a dipstick or what

Blame it on not enough caffine


Midlife Mom said...

I know I am thick but I didn't follow a lot of these comments! lol! Hubby says I never get a joke till a week later! I did know what a pram is though from reading all the books based in England!

I have a horse hair question on my present post if anyone cares to give me some advice. :o)

Rising Rainbow said...

Steve, I don't know if there is more than I am letting on or not, I did say earlier that I have other blogging buddies who are Brits........and yes, I did ask! LOL and my friend threw out a couple of more things like can you adam and eve it........ and I couldn't resist. Glad it made you smile.

Makes me think you could do a regular blog on this stuff and keep us Rebels entertained.

Now mine is reading affer....these things are getting to look more like words...and it's a good thing because now I don't mess them up as often. LOL

jme said...

i worked in scotland for a few months and, coming from the US, for at least the first month i had no idea what anyone was talking about half the time, and the other half i wildly misinterpreted with hilarious results. but now you will be happy to know i love the lingo and understand the meaning and usage of all of those terms and more, and use them myself on occasion! one by one you brits are winning us over ;-)