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    UK - US translation

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    Anyone else feeling the need for one of these, or is it just me?

    Zucchini = courgette
    Eggplant = aubergine
    Arugula = rocket
    Ground beef = minced beef
    Skillet = frying pan
    Broiler = grill
    1 Cup = 8.3 fl oz (That's UK fl oz. Lakeland sell cup measures, anyway - I find they make life easier.)

    Am I right so far?

    Heavy cream = ?? - double cream? anyone?
    Collard greens = ??

    Oh, and I find Google calculator comes in handy for understanding people's weights - my 14 times table just isn't up to the job.

    What have I missed?

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    Underpants = pants
    Pants = trousers

    I found this out the hard way. The sales girl looked at me quite awkwardly when I said I wanted to have my pants hemmed.

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    What messed up language do they speak in the UK?

    ... it's a joke ... a good one too... I laughed...

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    Trash can = rubbish bin
    Fanny pack = bum bag

    plus there are things like the milk types. Here in the US you have a choice of fat-free, 1%, 2%, whole milk etc ... growing up in the UK we had simply skimmed, semi-skimmed or full fat/whole.

    I get looked at very oddly most days being British and living in Texas.... most people can't even understand me when I ask for water at restaurants. Last year I ordered a Stella Artois and got Champagne... O.o
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    ........but Brothers in Bacon!
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    Ah - a bilingual interpreter! What's 'heavy cream'? I half expect it to be radioactive or something.

    And yes, bacon is the universal language.

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    Except bacon in the US is the small crispy stuff, and bacon in the UK is the bigger slices that my US friends call Canadian bacon/ham.
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    cigarette = fag
    bathroom = loo or water closet

    They don't know how to spell over there, either. Humor = humour, color = colour, etc.

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    Funny, I always thought it was the Americans who couldn't spell ..... instead I was wrong all along .... ;-P Haha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
    Broiler = grill
    In the UK, what do they call the thing we call a grill?

    grill
    http://www.google.com/images?q=grill...w=1168&bih=614



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