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[b]I Said / His Lordship Said... Anglo-American Expressions[/b]

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The object is to record expressions wherein British and American people (and writers and scripters) say very similar things in dfferent ways. Here's one:

 

BRIT -- I'll knock her up.

AMER -- I'll call her on the phone.

 

Anyone else?

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BRIT -- A bloomin grahss *

AMER -- A #@%(& snitch**

 

...* shortened from "snake in the grass."

...** all are synonyms of "rat, tattletale," etc.

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Brit: When you arrive home in a fortnight, I will fix you fish and chips.

 

Amer: When you come home in 2 weeks, how would you like some fish and with potato chips?

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Brit: The bloke who is our postie, thinks he is posh now he has a lorry to drive

 

Amer. the man who delivers our mail, thinks he is important now he drives a truck.

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BRIT: "No shooters!" *

AMER: "Don't bring pistols!"

 

...* Verbatim: Bob Hoskins to a gathering of London hoods in The Long Good Friday.

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Brit: Why don't you toddle down to the greengrocer, who is a soap dodger, for some cabbage?

 

Amer. Why don't you go to the local grocery store for some cabbage from that guy that needs a bath?

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Think I found a suitable AMER for this one...Hope so

 

BRIT -- "I'll have your guts for garters, Charlie."

AMER -- "I'll f*@# you up, Charlie."

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