"More Differences Across The Pond {Chapter 5}" London Local Custom Tip by Elena_007

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cinema: movie theater. In England, they go to the cinema to view a film. In America, it is to the movie theater to watch a movie. (Not to be confused with "The Theatre" which is another act entirely. Also, in England, they rent films, not movies, at Blockbuster. Therefore, returning a film could have nothing to do with a camera.

cobblers: nonsense or rubbish, very informal between mates (friends) An example might be, someone saying, " I can outdrink anyone here!" and the reply was, "Yeah, right, cobblers."

cooker: oven or stovetop unit.

cot: baby crib. A US cot is an extra bed that folds up for storage, and is large enough for an adult.

council house: similar to public housing in America, sometimes referred to as "The Projects."

court shoes: ladies pumps. Not running shoes you might wear on a basketball court or tennis court in America, but suitable for going to Civil Court, I suppose.

dear: As well as meaning endearment, it is also used to describe something as expensive. Harrod's is rather dear, considering my budget.

dodgy: a shady character, possibly on the verge of being criminal. A dodgy bloke might sell an unsuspecting tourist stolen merchandise.

daft: silly, crazy, or perhaps absent-minded, depending on use.

dole: Someone in the UK who is on the dole is similar to an American on welfare.

dosh: money. Most of us, need more dosh.

dozy: slow to grasp something, such as an idea, or not very quick to catch on.

draughts: a board game recognized in the US as checkers.

drawing pin: a thumb tack.

dustman: equivalent to a American garbageman, although they prefer sanitation worker.

duvet: A part of a bed ensemble that is referred to as a comforter in the US.

fringe: Someone's hair that is cut across the forehead. In America, they are known as bangs.

full stop: period(.) In England, sentences might end with a full stop. In America, they would end in a period. Question marks, and exclamation points, I believe, are international, or TransAtlantical.

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  • Updated Dec 2, 2004
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