Different Phrases Between UK & US Brides!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Thoughts?
    I'm a Brit & I find the way Americans speak comical &/or interesting : (34 votes)
    23 %
    I'm an American & I find the way Brits speak comical &/or interesting : (102 votes)
    69 %
    I don't ever notice a difference : (11 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @MrsSkeletonKey:  I find it just as fascinating and as I have a (very soon to be) American daughter in law, we have great larks (oops there’s a classic “English’ism that’s crept in!) with the different ways that we refer to the same things. 

    I once found an absolutely brilliant blog written by an English girl who now lived and worked on the West Coast and had married her American FI. She subtitled it “You Say Tomatoes  and I Say You Are Saying It Wrong!” which I thought was most amusing.

    I shall return later to have the courgette -v- zucchini argument….

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee

    This is one that annoys me lol … 

    Why do Americans say they COULD care less and we in uk say we COULDN’T care less about something?

    I laugh when you talk about a hairstyle with bangs instead of a fringe oh and when you think a dress is cute rather than a kitten or puppy!!

    Post # 5
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    631 posts
    Busy bee

    Oh and eggplant which seems to be a very popular dress colour for BMs – not eggplant it’s Aubergine!

    Post # 6
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    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    There are too many words to and phrases to count… I really feel sorry for the little kids I will teach over in England. I’m sure I will mess them up so badly with my Americanisms!

    British English is a lot different than I ever thought. I’ve gotten into plenty of arguments with my English FI because we had a misunderstanding over words.

    It’s so amusing though. I love the little things they say. Love as a pet name, lovely, cheers…

    Post # 7
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    233 posts
    Helper bee

    @MrsSkeletonKey:  You say bachelorette we say hen do or a batchelor party whereas here its a stag do is one I can think of,off the top of my head.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Blackie:  Some people don’t realize that they’re not using the phrase correctly. It’s supposed to be couldn’t care less. If you say you could care less, that means you actually do care.  That misuse drives me bonkers!

     

    One phrase I’ve noticed is “hen night” from UK and Australian brides versus the “bachelorette party” from American brides. 

    Post # 9
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    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @Blackie:  WHAT. Do you not call clothing and such “cute”???

    Post # 10
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    631 posts
    Busy bee

    @bowsergirl:  nope cute would be like a little fluffy bunny or maybe a gorgeous little baby not really clothing!  Well maybe for a little kid but not an adult!

    Post # 11
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    631 posts
    Busy bee

    One I love that you use is awesome I am trying to use that wherever possible!

    Post # 12
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    233 posts
    Helper bee

    I notice too that we would say we are tanned and in America you say you are tan. My little boy used to watch quite a lot of American tv and I would laugh at some of the words he would come out with,ie trash,we would say rubbish,counter = worktop, store= shop, fries= chips, chips= crisps, soda= juice or here in Scotland we call it ginger 🙂 There’s so many! 

     

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    @Blackie:  See, always learning something new!

    We do say awesome a lot… too much really. My FSIL cracks up whenever I say it, and she tries to use it as a joke.

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I find it endearing when the UK brides say they had a “row” with someone, rather than an argument. (I am assuming that’s what row means!)

    Post # 15
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I find the differences fascinating. I would love to travel to the UK, but honestly I have a fear of saying the wrong thing and offending someone! It’s quite funny how Americans spell English words differently than most other English-speaking countries. We use “-or” instead of “-our”. And our darn inconsistent system of measurement! I almost feel sorry for tourists.

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