Squash - the drink not the game. OT

  1. OK, so I know this is not nursing but...

    I go to several (USA) sites and the question about the drink 'Squash' comes up... so...

    Is there any Brits here, who are now in USA, who can help me explain to an American what 'Squash' is?

    Do they have it over there in a different name?

    We have tried diluted fruit juice... which is not quite right and we have tried cordial... which doesn't really fit either...

    Thanks in advance,

    (I've given up trying to explain 'Marmite' ).
    Last edit by Thanet on Mar 15, '07
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   cariad
    the only equivelant that we can find is crystal light, only problem is the amount of colorings in it if you want to use it for kiddies.
    [color=#556b2f]we can get robinsons in our local world market, but it costs a fortune.
  4. by   XB9S
    really - no squash that's awful. It's all I ever drink
  5. by   suzanne7575
    Quote from XB9S
    really - no squash that's awful. It's all I ever drink
    None whatsoever, they have lots of pre-mixed squash like drinks available, but again they are full of sugar and colours and taste vile. We bought some capri-suns for the kids last time we were there as we thought these would be the closest thing and they were disgusting, highly colored and tasted artificial, nothing like the ones we have at home.
  6. by   RGN1
    You'll just have to get a taste for the real thing - Tropicana/supermarkets do "not from concentrate" juices in HUGE bottles & it's really cheap compared to here. Stick some crushed ice from your freezer dispenser (I LOVE my US fridge freezer) in a glass & pour - lovely - who needs sugary, artificial, preservative laden squash!
  7. by   janelola
    Hi,
    I had a similar problem when in the US and asked for a 'larger and lime' [I just wasn't thinking], the waitress looked slightly bemused and came back with a glass of larger and a sideplate with a lime on it!!! I tried my best to explain lime cordial, but no use. They just don't get it! But the friut juice there is second to none and soo cheap.
    janelola
  8. by   RGN1
    Quote from janelola
    Hi,
    I had a similar problem when in the US and asked for a 'larger and lime' [I just wasn't thinking], the waitress looked slightly bemused and came back with a glass of larger and a sideplate with a lime on it!!! I tried my best to explain lime cordial, but no use. They just don't get it! But the friut juice there is second to none and soo cheap.
    janelola
    Oooh I can see this thread developing a life of it's own!!

    My father- in- law asked for a salad roll in the Subway in the mall at Crystal River. He said the guy looked kinda confused but instead of clarifying what had been ordered he just went ahead & made a bowl of salad!!

    Oh & if you really want to cause confusion say "triple" like if your zip is 34446 - say "3 triple 4 6". I've caused countless clueless looks by accidentally forgetting it's not used in Florida.
  9. by   suzanne7575
    you should have seen my hubby trying to get directions to the car park it wasn't until i came along and asked the way to the parking lot did we get anywhere
  10. by   cariad
    its going to be a thread of its own, i still get asked what i mean when i say certain sentences.
    they dont know what a roll is.
    they dont know what a car park is.
    they dont have beer here, only lager, which is called beer.
    they call bandages wraps.
    they call everything by abbreviations, especially in nursing and of course, english medical words that start with o start with e over here, ie oedema becomes edema, an egd, of course is for the oesophagus.
    theres no such thing as teatime, or having tea, only lunch and dinner.
    they dont have queues at the checkout they have a line.
    all medications are called by something else then the description on the packet is the name that we use in the uk. eg, versed-midazolam.
    theres no such thing as a bottle of clear lemonade, ask for lemonade and thats what you get squeezed lemons, you have to buy 7-up or sprite for the closest thing to uk lemonade.
    no such thing as a shandy.
    will add to it later, could go on for ever.
  11. by   cariad
    oh and by the way if they ask you the time they dont undersdatnd if you say half past or quarter to.
    [color=#a0522d]and they dont know what a fortnight is or a holiday, they only have vacations.
  12. by   RGN1


    Oh I'd forgotten the lemonade thing! my kids like both varieties & once my daughter tried to explain that she wanted the "fizzy" one - cue blank look on waitresses face!

    Can't wait to get the next instalment!
  13. by   janelola
    wow! Seems something really has taken off here. I'm going to have to add this next one, my mum, as some know went over nursing some years ago. She was quite new in the hospital and to the US, she was working on a ward and with the help of another nurse tried to get a female patient comfortable in bed, the other nurse said to my mum "can you just help me get her fanny to the top of the bed". Mum nearly fell over - what can I say????
    Janelola
  14. by   cariad
    oh yes how could i forget about the fanny and the fanny pack,,,,its hard to keep a straight face when i am in work and hear that one.
    thay also put in iv access all the time as part of the job, but to them they tell the patient that they are going to stick them, and if its a hard stick then someone with more experience will do it.
    one nurse here even told me that blood is blue, it only becomes red when it becomes oxygenated after coming out of the body,,,,,,,,,,,

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