On Britishisms I remember causing great hilarity in Brazil a few years ago for regularly using the expression “lovely” as in lovely cup of tea/glass of wine etc.As an American, and therefore guilty of Americanisms, I think it is fun to refer to wine as juice on occasion, to avoid repetition and to give a fun dimension to a subject that is often taken far too seriously.
That being said, I don't call guys "dudes" or girls "chicks" .
I think it's good to be eclectic and have adopted some Britishisms that seem to suit, even ones that aren't in the dictionary.
One I can think of is "vanillary".
I'd be interested to know: do you ever encounter a problem understanding tasting notes in American English?
Certainly, Robert Parker's writing style is/was very different from the English critics.
I can't imagine an Englishman saying, for instance, "gobs of fruit", but I assume the idea come across clearly.
Or does it?
Chambers dictionary used to have the perfect definition (following the correct one, ie precise, as in "a nice distinction"): "a vague term of commendation, used by those who are not nice"I hate the use of nice. Especially as I use it all the time. Which is nice!
It depends. You can get a frozen turkey crown from Aldi "to feed 8-9" for £14. 50. If you are price sensitive, that's probably more like what you are going to pay.And given the turkeys that everyone seems to have cost well north of £50, their numbers seem unlikely.
Likewise, people who stop at 'give way' junctions when there is nothing coming. Also, people who drive against the directional arrows in car parks.Driving behind another vehicle that gives way to incoming traffic through some ill-conceived notion of altruism when in fact they are greatly inconveniencing the queue of traffic behind them, and, the car filtering in, would under ordinary circumstances never have expected them to stop...
Agreed re former, however re latter, I'm wondering if you would always follow the arrows, for example in a quiet (or even empty?) carpark if it would save time not doing so...Likewise, people who stop at 'give way' junctions when there is nothing coming. Also, people who drive against the directional arrows in car parks.
I do sometimes drive across empty spaces to avoid speed bumps on the main drag but always exit onto the main road in the correct direction laneAgreed re former, however re latter, I'm wondering if you would always follow the arrows, for example in a quiet (or even empty?) carpark if it would save time not doing so...
Wow, you have a car where you can do that? That is the one thing I miss with the cars of yore.I also admit to taking the kids to empty car parks in the snow to entertain them with handbrake turns. Modern cars are hopeless now as the handbrake seems to always be operated by a button, meaning my grandson is missing out on a life event . Although I'd probably have second thoughts as he grassed me up doing a certain speed on the motorway once.
Why is my fecking laptop running at 100% disk usage all the time? Why? WTF is it doing? WTF is "System" doing - goddam it.
Oh - and another thing (very topical). Arriving in pubs after work around Christmas and there are LOUD groups in there who feel the urge TO SHOUT AT EACH OTHER AND SCREAM AND THEY HAVE OBVIOUSLY BEEN DRINKING ALL DAY AND NOW THEY WANT TO SCREAM IN MY FACE TOO!!
That is frustrating. The Sunday afternoon drivers (SAD) are a pain as well, often driving at 30 in a 40 limit and continuing at 30 when it changes to a 20 limit. I also find the 20 zones, very common in city centres and small towns/villages in the Scottish borders, very annoying as its so difficult to stay at 20. Fine for schools, but surely not necessary everywhere.Re driving, people who drive at less than 15 mph in a 20 mph zone, when there is no traffic ahead of them…often I suspect because they are on the phone; or on drugs; or, all of the above. Slow drivers are a menace and, on balance, more dangerous than fast drivers in my opinion.