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A World Away
« on: 18.07. 2019 09:42 »
A recent post from the Antipodes mentioned a Servo. Now here in the UK a servo is a mechanical or electrical device to increase a small force to a big one. So the statement seemed out of context, as the piece concerned fuel types.
 Thanks to the wonders of the internet I now know this is a typical well thought out example of OZ slang, namely a tendency to shorten everyday words, and add an "O" Hence Gas Station, Fiiling Station, Service Station, anywhere you fill up is referred to as a "Servo"

 Hope I have this right and a few more translations will be along soon. Baccy is not tobacco, A stubby is not a bloke of small stature. Ute makes sense, maybe.
 In the States you drive on the Pavement, walk on the Sidewalk, a Purse is a Handbag, you Wallet is a Billfold. Like I say, a world away, and easy to find yourself dazed and confused.

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Re: A World Away
« Reply #1 on: 18.07. 2019 10:59 »
Dunno about OZ, but for the USA we need a dictionary.

UK > USA.
Pavement = sidewalk
Road = pavement
Hood = bonnet
Bumper = fender (strat?)
Crisps = French fries
Petrol = gas

Try this more complete version:
https://www.spellzone.com/blog/Sixty_American_English_Words_and_their_British_English_Counterparts.htm
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Re: A World Away
« Reply #2 on: 18.07. 2019 14:08 »
Try this quick quiz.
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Re: A World Away
« Reply #3 on: 19.07. 2019 11:53 »
Good One Musky,
Swarfy I can confirm that SERVO in Oz lingo is indeed a Service Station ie Gas Station (USA).
And Sidewalk (USA) is a Footpath (Oz).
Fender (USA) is a Mudguard (Oz).
Crisps/ Fries   are Chips (Oz)
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Re: A World Away
« Reply #4 on: 19.07. 2019 13:12 »
Must take exception to "footpath" for "sidewalk." The former could be dirt and two shoes wide, while the latter is almost invariably paved and wide enough for two prams to pass side by side.

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Re: A World Away
« Reply #5 on: 19.07. 2019 18:25 »
Richard, Stateside I like the idea of ordering a pitcher of beer for a session among friends, but ordering root beer was an unexpected mistake, typical of a Limey, looking for a cheap drink. You only get it wrong once. Sampling the diversity of craft beers in the Pacific North West shows what brewing talent there is in the States, sadly overshadowed by the likes of Bud, Miller etc. I was slagged off for drinking Coors, my pal in San Diego said it was redneck or trailer trash booze....As a visitor I just thought it a pleasant brew, so evidently these brands all have their own demographic.  Oh, and if you want to be served, sit down rather than stand in line at the bar. Depends on the establishment, but seated means you want in. Don't ask for a takeaway, say "To go". In New England I sampled Schrod..... something very familiar under a world away name.

 Col, At least I got one right. A Ute is a utility vehicle, a baccy is a pick up truck with no raised sides, maybe more S.African origin, and a stubbie is a small can of beer. How did I do? Great to have the "O" on the end of any shortened noun! Saves energy in a time of global warming.

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Re: A World Away
« Reply #6 on: 19.07. 2019 22:10 »
G'day Richard.
Most of our footpaths aren't much better than your description and have as many potholes as the road.
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Re: A World Away
« Reply #7 on: 19.07. 2019 22:16 »
 
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...... and a stubbie is a small can of beer. How did I do? ......

 Not so well- a can of beer is a tinnie, and a 'stubbie' is a small glass bottle, normally ~375 ml/13oz<, but some makers put their crap beer in smaller; 350-330ml or less which I refuse to drink unless it's free;

 A 'Darwin stubbie' is about ~1Litre *citation needed* and I dunno if we still have throwdowns- 250ml...
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Re: A World Away
« Reply #8 on: 19.07. 2019 22:37 »
G'day duTch.
2.25 liters in the original DS reduced to 2 liters (for health & safety concerns  *dunno*). I think the record for sculling one out of the bottle is 45 seconds.
Throwdowns are sill on sale for the kids.
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Re: A World Away
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...2.25 liters in the original DS reduced to 2 liters (for health & safety concerns  *dunno*). ...........

 I had a feeling they bigger than a litre, but didn't want to overdo it.....my old boss always bought a box of throwdowns for the trip home if we were working further than a couple of blocks away- I had to have some so he didn't drink them all *conf2*
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