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Old June 25th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #14461
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I never understood that. Nobody would say I'm going to ride my bicycle, when people are going for a drive in an automobile...
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Old June 25th, 2012, 07:53 PM   #14462
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I always though that in English the bathroom is at home and the toilet is in a public place.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #14463
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If you're having a lunch with Queen Elizabeth and don't wanna say you're going to the toilet or WC, you say you're going to the bathroom.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #14464
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I'll tell her I'm going for a piss! Still, I'm glad the Americans have decided to choose English as their national language. And with a bit more practice they will be able to speak it fluently...
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #14465
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If you're having a lunch with Queen Elizabeth and don't wanna say you're going to the toilet or WC, you say you're going to the bathroom.
Britons have also the possibility to call it "loo"
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #14466
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Or lavatory.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #14467
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I'll tell her I'm going for a piss! Still, I'm glad the Americans have decided to choose English as their national language. And with a bit more practice they will be able to speak it fluently...
[rolleyes]
At least we're mostly comprehensible....

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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:18 PM   #14468
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I'll tell her I'm going for a piss!
Yes, it's another option.

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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:19 PM   #14469
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True. I was actually quoting Tony Blair during a speech at congress. But Britain has so many dialects, that an American once quite rightly shouted out in despair why nobody speaks English in England. They are supposed to have invented the damn language...
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:20 PM   #14470
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Britons have also the possibility to call it "loo"
Careful, though: Kate Middleton, before she was engaged to Prince William, reportedly came into criticism from his friends because she used the "wrong" word for toilet/bath/loo. The wrong word meaning, the word that properly-brought-up posh people wouldn't use.

Says here, it wasn't Kate, but her mother. http://blog.crossculture.com/crosscu...their-own.html: "Use the word ‘toilet’ rather than ‘lavatory’ or ‘loo’, as Kate Middleton’s mother apparently did, and you could nearly cost your daughter the throne."

Silly.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:21 PM   #14471
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Or lavatory.
I always found "lavatory" only inside airplanes

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Careful, though: Kate Middleton, before she was engaged to Prince William, reportedly came into criticism from his friends because she used the "wrong" word for toilet/bath/loo. The wrong word meaning, the word that properly-brought-up posh people wouldn't use.
I realize English monarchy is at risk for that.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:03 PM   #14472
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I guess john the crapper would find this interesting, he would probably visit the water closet out of curiosity.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #14473
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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #14474
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Where I live its the bog or shithouse. Then again, my dialect is the closest to original English.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:38 PM   #14475
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Which dialect is that?
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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:45 PM   #14476
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There are a couple of areas along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. - I've heard it about islands in Chesapeake Bay, I've heard it about bits of the North Carolina Coast - that haven't (supposedly) changed much since the 17th century, that claim to speak "pure Elizabethan English."

Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Island,_Maryland
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Old June 25th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #14477
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Which dialect is that?
Google my username.

Or if you're lazy, NE England esp Co. Durham & Northumberland.
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Old June 25th, 2012, 11:40 PM   #14478
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There are a couple of areas along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. - I've heard it about islands in Chesapeake Bay, I've heard it about bits of the North Carolina Coast - that haven't (supposedly) changed much since the 17th century, that claim to speak "pure Elizabethan English."

Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_Island,_Maryland
I know 'Fall' is an old English word that is no longer used in England except for the expression 'Spring forward, fall backward' to help remember which way to change the clocks.

I've no doubt there's other words too but I can't think of any off the top of me head.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #14479
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its fascinating that isolated parts of the US which were settled by people from England have managed to retain parts of their speech which are more similar to how 16th and 17th century people spoke than anywhere in present day England
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Old June 27th, 2012, 12:30 PM   #14480
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Meanwhile in Jelgava: http://goo.gl/maps/d7dG

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