A guide for our American Guests! - page 4

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  1. by   Orca
    Thanks for the offer, Kaylesh. I do have unanswered questions about nursing in the UK. Rather than bore the readers with the back-and-forth on the message board, I had rather carry this to e-mail. My e-mail is bfaulk@lvcm.com. Drop me a note with your e-mail address, and I will ask you some questions.

    Thanks again.
  2. by   spineCNOR
    Thanks for the info--I have always wondered what treacle was, having seen it called for in British-written cook books, and now I know it's molasses!
  3. by   Whisper
    Which is helpful beacuse we have molasses, here, but that is the stuff they take to the factory, and stinks to high heaven.

    I never knew treacle was called molasses in the US until I read the link either!

    I still think it is amazing how the English and Americans speak the same language, yet have so many different phrases and words.
  4. by   Orca
    Yes, it is alleged that we speak the same language. An English friend of mine (from Chester) related a funny story from her first trip to the supermarket after moving to the States with her American husband. She went to the meat department and asked for a joint. The butcher, not sure what he had heard, asked her again what she wanted. "I want a joint", she repeated. The butcher said, embarrassed, "Ma'am, we don't sell that here." She asked, "You don't sell meat?"

    What she was unaware of at the time is that while she was asking for a roast in Britspeak, she was in fact asking for a marijuana cigarette in the local dialect.
  5. by   Whisper
    lol! I am not going to be able to keep a straight face at the butchers form now on.

    My friend went to the US for her holidays last year, and ordered a plate of chips with some tomato sauce, and got a plate of crisps, and an apology that they didn't do some tomato sauce. After some explaining she eventually got some fries and some ketchup!

    I think it would be easier some times, if we did speak a different language, there would probably be less communication mishaps.

    The scary thing is that both my friend and myself used to work at Mickey dee's and used to spout off"do you want fries with that?" but when she went to the homeland of Mickey dee's she totally forgot
    Last edit by Whisper on Apr 13, '03
  6. by   Huq
    I believe Sir Winston Churchil is attributed with saying
    "England and America are two countries divided by a common language"l
  7. by   Huq
    Oh my goodness hurchill
  8. by   Huq
    Have to get lucky sometime CHURCHILL

    made it!
  9. by   Whisper
    I have days like that as well Hug!
    Last edit by Whisper on May 7, '03
  10. by   Huq
    Today is one of those days. This is HUQ
    Perhaps we are two countries divided by a common spelling !
  11. by   Whisper
    Ooops I am so sorry, I never realised it was a Q until you typed it in capitals.

    Going off to hide now....
  12. by   Huq
    Whisper please don't hide, if you do I might never get to know the significance of
    880 words to go!
  13. by   Whisper
    It is a count down for how many words I need for my essays, which have to be in on Tuesday, so I really should be writing them instead of on here!, But I am stuck, and these last 900 words or so have been like wading through treacle! Very frustrating!

    Back to the origional theme of this thread, I LOVE Americans! I was at work today at my PT job, I work 5 hours and get about 21 pounds, however the lovely fantastic Americans I had at my tables gave me tips! this is really rare, as no one ever seems to tip the breakfast staff, But I got 27 in tips, one table gave me an extra 5 when they found out I was a student nurse!and a long talk on how much 'better' nursing is in the US