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

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BRIT:  "Do you have a sweetie?" *

 

AMER:  "You got a piece of candy?"

 

...*Verbatim from a speech by a character (child) in the June 1 episode of Penny Dreadful on HMO.

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BRIT:  Police College*

AMER:  Police Academy

 

*...Dialogue in the script of Crime Unlimited (English, 1935); a point about sending a police trainee into an undercover assignment, on the theory that men already in the Force would be spotted.

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BRIT:  "A rather large bloke had designs on my watch and wallet."  Sean Pertwee as Inspector Lestrade

AMER:  "You got mugged."  Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson

 

...From last night's rerun episode of ElementaryEars to You on CBS

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BRIT:  "Actually it was she who initiated our dalliance." *

AMER:  "You got it wrong.  She's the one that came on to me.

 

*...CBS's Elementary seems to have become the best source for fresh quotes in this thread.  That's verbatim from Johnny Lee Miller as Holmes in Thursday night's rerun episode,  Ancient History.

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BRIT:  Save

AMER:  Except, or except for

as in:  

 

...BRIT:  "It's obvious to everyone, save you."

...AMER:  "Everybody can see it, except you."

 

Another gem that turned up recently in an Elementary rerun.

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BRIT:  Haver

 

AMER:  Shoot the bull, talk trash, chatter aimlessy

 

♫ When I haver, well I know I'm gonna be, I'm gonna be the one who's haverin' to you! ♪

 And I would walk five hundred miles, and I would walk five hundred more ♪...

 

...500 Miles, performed by the Proclaimers, on the soundtrack of Benny and Joon

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BRIT:  JCB

 

AMER:  Bulldozer

 

...Simply makes use of the name of the British company that makes the huge construction machines.

 

...Used and explained in narration of the 2013 BBC Documentary Secrets of Scotland Yard

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Alex's Food Court

 

BRIT:  Jacket potato

AMER:  Baked potato

 

BRIT:  Candy floss

AMER:  Cotton candy

 

Brit:  Ice lolly

AMER:  Popcicle

 

Jeopardy! ran these terms as a category a few days ago.  They included the one about chip = French fry, and they had another term that came and went faster than I could take notes. 

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BRIT : Nipper

AMER : Small child or infant.  Rugrat, etc.

 

BRIT : Nappies

AMER : Diapers

...recently used as an answer on Jeopardy!

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