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 Post subject: British People and Pants
PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:40 pm 
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It has come to my attention through a different post that British people say trousers instead of pants. All the British people on this forum, is this true. Do all British people say trousers? Is it a regional thing? I think at this rate in another few years British English and American English will be two completely differnet languages.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:49 pm 
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Haha did you think of that from the Wizard Product Review from last week? That was so funny! :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:54 pm 
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ya, I was so confused I had to look it up online. I didn't know if it was a joke (don't understand British humor at all, thought they might be making fun of Americans), or if they were serious.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:31 pm 
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You live in a rather closed off world... huh?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:48 am 
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on the Penguin Forum (2010), tiggerkim wrote:
It has come to my attention through a different post that British people say trousers instead of pants. All the British people on this forum, is this true. Do all British people say trousers? Is it a regional thing? I think at this rate in another few years British English and American English will be two completely differnet languages.







In The Canterville Ghost (1887), Oscar Wilde wrote:

‘We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language’.




I agree with DavidTheCryptic.
You need to broaden your horizons.


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 Post subject: Re: British People and Pants
PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:15 am 
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Never left America, or the east coast for that matter. I have to say, in my defense, that I do have a greater understanding of the people that more commonly immigrate to America through New York. One person from India took me off gaurd by drawing swastikas everywhere. Turns out in India that's a sign meaning peace and protection.


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 Post subject: Re: British People and Pants
PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:28 am 
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tiggerkim wrote:
Never left America, or the east coast for that matter. I have to say, in my defense, that I do have a greater understanding of the people that more commonly immigrate to America through New York. One person from India took me off gaurd by drawing swastikas everywhere. Turns out in India that's a sign meaning peace and protection.


Not to get off-topic, but it's actually a symbol that occurs in most cultures that do basket-weaving, Native Americans included. I've seen some on totem poles before, and had the same thought until I learned about it.

-JT


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:32 am 
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tiggerkim wrote:
Never left America, or the east coast for that matter. I have to say, in my defense, that I do have a greater understanding of the people that more commonly immigrate to America through New York. One person from India took me off gaurd by drawing swastikas everywhere. Turns out in India that's a sign meaning peace and protection.


Not to get off-topic, but it's actually a symbol that occurs in most cultures that do basket-weaving, Native Americans included. I've seen some on totem poles before, and had the same thought until I learned about it.

-JT

Interesting, never knew that before


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:09 pm 
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tiggerkim wrote:
miniserb725 wrote:
tiggerkim wrote:
Never left America, or the east coast for that matter. I have to say, in my defense, that I do have a greater understanding of the people that more commonly immigrate to America through New York. One person from India took me off gaurd by drawing swastikas everywhere. Turns out in India that's a sign meaning peace and protection.


Not to get off-topic, but it's actually a symbol that occurs in most cultures that do basket-weaving, Native Americans included. I've seen some on totem poles before, and had the same thought until I learned about it.

-JT

Interesting, never knew that before


Actually its a Swastika in reverse... the Nazi's took the symbol and reversed it in order to change its meaning.


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Actually its a Swastika in reverse... the Nazi's took the symbol and reversed it in order to change its meaning.

Again, I'm learning a lot


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I knew that about the reverse swastika meaning peace. It's interesting how most Americans (I would assume) don't know that.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:05 pm 
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Zenn_Darkfire wrote:
tiggerkim wrote:
miniserb725 wrote:
Not to get off-topic, but it's actually a symbol that occurs in most cultures that do basket-weaving, Native Americans included. I've seen some on totem poles before, and had the same thought until I learned about it.

-JT

Interesting, never knew that before


Actually its a Swastika in reverse... the Nazi's took the symbol and reversed it in order to change its meaning.

I think that may be a bit of an urban legend.

One can find references that both forms of the swastika were used in China and adjoining regions long before the Nazis appeared on the scene.

See here, for instance:

http://babelstone.blogspot.com/2006/02/ ... stika.html

http://www.jrbooksonline.com/HTML-docs/ ... astika.htm


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 Post subject: Re: British People and Pants
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:01 am 
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Hey guys get back on topic! It's about language differences not symbols.


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 Post subject: Re: British People and Pants
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:42 am 
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We just had a 13 post discussion about swastikas and pants :D


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must ... refrain ... from ... making ... jokes ... about ... [edited]British slang for cigarettes[/edited]

also ... must ... not ... make ... jokes ... about ... [edited]British word for eraser[/edited]


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