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The English Language
Posted On 01/09/2020 11:04:26 by Altara33606

It's interesting that 'English' words/phrases mean different things, depending on whether you are in the U.S., Canada, or Great Britain.   Today I'm watching a repeat of Midsommer Murders; I don't have a streaming service that shows 'new' episodes, so the ones I see on PBS or BBC America are 'older'. Actually, I just realized this 'channel' is really Ovation. I hadn't paid attention; I just saw it in the tv guide and decided to watch it.

  I know there are many words/phrases I could mention. Example: 'boot' is what we call a 'car trunk', etc. But right now, the one  that caught my eye was a sign on a building: "Hotel, Free House". I had to look it up! Apparently a 'free house' means it is a 'pub' (bar/restaurant) that is independently owned, 'separate' from the brewery that supplies it. 

In the U.S., that wouldn't even be a question!  I don't remember ever seeing a 'bar' that is owned by a brewery. That's not to say there aren't any; but it would be somewhat unusual.

Anyway, that just caught my eye--and I just had to look it up! So...I learned something new today.


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01/11/2020 00:31:50

  LOL -- That's hilarious about 'knocking someone up'..

Never heard that before.. I would have a very strange look on my face if someone said that to me - especially a man.. WOW ..

01/09/2020 15:10:08

I could give you a list of things that hubby and I had to learn the first time we visited newly discovered relatives in England. It even changes, depending on what area in the British Isles. I remember thinking that I knew and understood English, but had to learn a new language with "the family"!

Here is a phrase that I copied from Google search... just so you know that I didn't make this up!

What does knock you up mean in England?
UK informal to wake someone up by knocking on the door of their house or bedroom: I'm sorry to have to knock you up in the middle of the night. Animal physiology: not sleeping & not unconscious.

01/09/2020 13:24:32

I hadn't heard that before about the free house. In the U.S. I don't think any bar is owned by a brewery except with the micro breweries. Most of the micro breweries offer a sitting to sample there wares. I guess you can't really call that a bar anyway. First time I heard the word "boot" for the trunk of a car was while I was watching one of the Inspector Frost movies many years ago.
Great post!

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