“What? American’s speak English?” Yes this I know, but what I found out in 2011 when Calvin and I where last over that side of the world, while it might be English there are some simple words that mean totally different things. So I decided to post about some of them.
For example a simple biscuit – sounds simple right? WRONG! What I call a ‘Biscuit’ American’s call a ‘Cookie’, and what they call the ‘Biscuit’, I call a ‘Scone’. SO a biscuit and gravy is TOTALLY GROSS, and sorry but so is a scone with gravy lol. See what I mean the exact same word but two totally different things. Right so you’re thinking no biggie, I can eat either one of them? Well how about saying something that in New Zealand or Australia that is fine (the side of the world I am from) , but in America (the other side of the world) might not be and then you offend someone? Arh now I have your interest.
This is exactly what I did in 2011, I asked a lady at the petrol station “where are the public toilets?” NO BIGGIE? WELLLLLLL she looked at me like I had just spat on her clean floor, over asking where the loo’s where! Asking a dear American friend of mine later than evening, she explained to me that in the South it’s rude to ask for the toilet, it’s the bathroom or the restroom. Well a bathroom to me is something in someone’s home and not open to the public :O.
Lets talk about some easy ones. A boot. EASY – something where you put your shopping in the car. WRONG while yes, technically we do call a shoe a boot BUT we also call it a part of the car where you stuff everything into – American – trunk. You know a big boxy thing that we once travelled with before there were airline weight limits! Then if your cold grab for your jumper. NOOOO there isn’t a person jumping off a building! Which is what the first thing an American thinks of, than passing you over a Jersey to pop on to get yourself warm.
So lets run through a few that caught us out.
- Parking Garage – Car Parking Building (trust me when you are lost looking for your car, and you ask someone where’s the parking building is, they have no idea)
- Sandwich – (at any fast food place) a burger without red meat like chicken or fish
- Burger – (again at fast food places) with red meat or what we call a patty (TRUST me more confusing when you are asking for a chicken burger and they ask if you want a sandwich and you say no a burger thinking the burger is the bun and not the patty arrhhhhh getting confused again!)
- Fanny pack – OKKKKK this is one for the books in NZ, Australia, UK a fanny is, gee how does one say this? Girly private parts in your pants! YEP we call it a bum bag.
- Lemonade – yeah when you ask for a lemonade and vodka, that’s what you get the yucky freshly made from lemons, lemonade. Do yourself and your mouth a service – its 7up or sprite
- Chips – chips are not fries and fries are not chips – they are crisps and French fries are just fries (or if you want to be PC freedom fries)
- Sidewalk – not walking sideways your on the pavement or the footpath.
- Beater – nope not something you would use to beat your egg, it’s a crappy or bomb of a car
- Blacktop? Yeah I don’t get this one? It’s the road, go figure?
- Jandals – yep the piece of Kiwi clothing that most can’t live without. FLIPFLOPS also the Aussies call them these as well
- Flat white – black coffee with creamer
- Chilly bin – an easy one its a cooler
- Creamer – its the milk they put in their coffee – oh and there is SO many different types; half n half, low fat, full tooooo many just say yes to the 1st one they say and handle it lol
Also as a note while we kiwis (from New Zealand) don’t mind being called Kiwi and an Aussie (Australian) doesn’t mind being called that, Americans DO NOT in the least like being called a Yank or Yankie! So just don’t, why cause issues when you don’t need too!
Below is a little short video just in case you don’t know what a kiwi is. A kiwi New Zealand’s national bird, much like the American Bald Eagle, other than it is flightless and only comes out at night lol but you get what I mean.
Poor Calvin has all sorts of issues while over there the last time, for some odd reason I don’t have as much as he does. We talk a little faster and the looks you get from the poor Americans trying to keep up with what we were saying is very funny lol.
Three Months 2 go! Looking forward to catching up with some of my mates on that side of the world again!
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