Re: International English

Subject: Re: International English
From: Chris Hulin <chrish -at- SPIDERNET -dot- COM -dot- CY>
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 10:32:37 +0200

It seems that telephone terminology is particularly difficult.

Some years ago I was talking to a visiting Fulbrighter here in Cyprus. She
was waiting to to get a phone installed, and after some days I remarked to
another American: "I wonder if X is on the phone now" and got a baffled
look. In Britspeak (=myspeak) "on the phone" can mean to be actually
speaking now, or to have a line/number installed, according to context.
Apparently not im Amspeak.

Of course there are other differences between UK and US english - perhaps
the hoariest is to "knock up", which in the UK means to wake someone up in
the morning!

If anyone wants to send some more, I'll compile a list in my copious free
time and distribute it (privately) to interested parties.

Have a nice weekend - April Fool's day is independence day here!
+ Chris Hulin Tel: + 357 2 376671 +
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+ Card Tech Limited chrish -at- spidernet -dot- com -dot- cy +
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