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motoring Jun. 2nd, 2005 @ 12:20 pm
I don't know if this counts as a mock as such, but having just come back from a week's holiday in Scotland (in which I clocked almost 800 miles), I'm struck by two things related to driving.

1. Americans, much more than British people, feel the need to have their car proclaim all sorts of things to other drivers. In a brief commute in to work this morning, I was treated to the political affiliations of half a dozen other drivers, the holiday-location preferences of others, what universities others had attended, and the (debateable) assertion that "real men love Jesus". Would these people go up to complete strangers in the supermarket or on the street and start telling them these things in person? No, but they feel the need to broadcast them by plastering signs all over their cars. Some might see it as annoying, others as charming. I just find it a bit odd when I step back and think about it. Then I look at the stickers on my own car (Scotland, England three-lions football, DC United--local football club--and Washington National Zoo) and smile at myself.

2. I love roundabouts. They make much more sense than traffic lights for about 75-85% of traffic intersections. But they would never work in the US. American drivers can't even manage to cooperate and stop thinking "me first!" enough to make traffic merges work. Roundabouts would be a disaster.
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Apr. 3rd, 2005 @ 09:22 pm
Today I mock this icon:

That is all.
Current Music: Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

Mar. 31st, 2005 @ 09:03 pm
Religion in Harry Potter, here.

Not a mock as such, but this crops up every few months with Americans posting wild theories about things like this until the Brits stroll in and point out that this is how the muggle UK works too- religion is generally ignored, until it gives us a few day's holiday or an opportunity to swap presents/eat chocolate.

'Cause we are, by and large, a nation of godless heathens. Sorry, guys!
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Another problem with British accents... Mar. 30th, 2005 @ 09:22 pm

I've been following this community for a while now, but never had anything to post... until now.

Earlier today I was looking around the IMDb forums (a mistake in itself- the amount of trolls and flamers on that site is ridiculous and pathetic), and I decided to check out what people were saying about the American version of The Office (can you see the mistakes begin to grow?) Now, I've not seen this version yet, but I was interested to see whether the general opinion was positive or negative. This post caught my eye. Now, there are nearly 100 replies so I wouldn't bother going through them all unless you're really interested. I just found what the original poster had to say both amusing and despairing.

"I'm glad they found some actors who know how to speak properly for this version. Everyone told me the Brittish version was really funny, but I couldn't stand the people's voices. They all sounded like they were retarded or something. I don't know what was wrong.

On top of that, the women in the Brittish version were all ugly. They looked like they did nothing but drink beer and whole milk. They all had pasty skin and looked moist. Ugh!

I think I'll give this new American show a chance. I am a reasonible and fair guy after all. The Office deserves this second chance."

What the Hell? Enjoy tearing this guy to pieces :)

Mar. 30th, 2005 @ 02:48 am
Ok, how about some of you yanks (and I know there are at least a couple here) educate the rest of us.. or just me :p
I would like an explanation of the term "Soccer Mom". I know the general idea but as you bring them up quite regularly (at least in the communities I frequent) I would like a more specific definition. And what about chavs? Do you have an equivilent and what do you call them? Assuming you know what I'm talking about of course. Here's a handy reference. Also, do you really have 24-hour coffee places on every corner and just how many states ban the sale of sex toys? I'm torn between the concept of really wanting to live in the states and avoiding it at any cost.

**ETA - Chavs are a British thing, I was wondering if you had an equivilent over there. Also, does every shop have a drivethrough or what? It seems you have bank drivethroughs, dry-cleaning drivethroughs... what else?

*yes, I am aware I could just google for these things but I want to hear answers from real people. thank you.
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Found in metaquotes - But it's not daylight savings time yet.... More yanks assuming everyone else on teh internets is American. But wait, you have a different time there?? That's unpossible!
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Saw this on customers_suck -

How am I supposed to know what language they speak in ENGLAND??
» Hello -- American here
I stumbled on this community; I hope you don't mind my having joined. I do not relate to the typical American, and I'm curious as to what the English think of us. I've always been proud to say that my ancestry is British (I usually have to correct that to "English and Scottish" for people here to understand). I'll probably refrain from posting and replying, largely because I don't want to make an ass of myself. I promise not to flame or debate here; if I see something I don't like I'll just leave.
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One of the things that makes me laugh about American English is when Americans call a tiny little cubicle with a teeny sink and a toilet a "bathroom". To me, a bathroom is a room with a bath in it. It's not that difficult, folks. Bath. Room. A room in which you can have a bath.

What's even more silly is when animals are brought into the equation, and they say something like, "My dog went to the bathroom on the living room carpet." No, your dog had a wee or a poo on the living room carpet. "Restroom" and "washroom" are just as bad. "My cat went to the restroom on my bed" (yes, I have actually read that) is American speak for "My cat pissed on my bed." Euphemism, or what? Did the cat flush afterwards and wash his little paws in the sink?

Oh and I thought of another one I read recently. "My hamster went potty on my hand." Can we say WTF? The girl was referring to a hamster pooing on her, not going crazy.

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Along the lines of Americans thinking/assuming they are the only nation on the planet and/or the only nation on the internet...
Do you find that the Brits and other nationalities attempt to clarify when describing say, a product/service/chainstore that might only be available in their country whereas Americans assume everyone knows what they're talking about?
See this post for example - apparently Harris Teeter is a Grocery Chain Store while Crisco is a cooking oil (which I've never seen here, but it may be available) - both of which you may have heard of, of course, but I hadn't. I'm not actually criticising the post in the least or the person posting it, but it may have been funnier if I hadn't had to google to understand what they meant.

If that post had been written by a Brit and mentioned Co-op or Tesco and say, Marmite, would they have automatically written a description? And if not, would they have been inundated with comments from Americans asking what they were talking about? I'm talking about general observations of LJ-land or the rest of the internet here.
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