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This would be confusing to our American friends:

"A controversial new dress code banning thongs and board shorts from Australia Day citizenship ceremonies has been described as unAustralian."


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greggerypeccary wrote:This would be confusing to our American friends:

"A controversial new dress code banning thongs and board shorts from Australia Day citizenship ceremonies has been described as unAustralian."


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Nope. My generation also called them thongs. My kids call them flip flops. I call them a tripping hazard. My MIL broke her hip a couple of years ago wearing those. She has recovered well. She's a tough old bird.

When she was 74 she beat breast cancer.
When she was 76, she flipped off of the back of a lawn tractor and broke her back. After 2 surgeries, she finished rehab in 2 months and was fine.
When she was 84, she broke her hip and had a partial hip replacement. After only 1 month of rehab and 1 year with a cane, she is fully functional at 87.

She can no longer drive, she repeats herself often, and we don't trust her to work in the kitchen, but she gets around well. She is the last of 9 siblings. Her oldest brother died in a Japanese POW camp after the Bataan Death March in 1942.

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Texan wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:This would be confusing to our American friends:

"A controversial new dress code banning thongs and board shorts from Australia Day citizenship ceremonies has been described as unAustralian."


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Nope. My generation also called them thongs. My kids call them flip flops. I call them a tripping hazard. My MIL broke her hip a couple of years ago wearing those. She has recovered well. She's a tough old bird.

When she was 74 she beat breast cancer.
When she was 76, she flipped off of the back of a lawn tractor and broke her back. After 2 surgeries, she finished rehab in 2 months and was fine.
When she was 84, she broke her hip and had a partial hip replacement. After only 1 month of rehab and 1 year with a cane, she is fully functional at 87.

She can no longer drive, she repeats herself often, and we don't trust her to work in the kitchen, but she gets around well.
Wow, that's pretty amazing.

Tough old bird indeed.

Interesting that they were called thongs in the US at some stage.

Anyway, I hope I don't see my in-laws wearing thongs anytime in the near future.

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greggerypeccary wrote:
Texan wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:This would be confusing to our American friends:

"A controversial new dress code banning thongs and board shorts from Australia Day citizenship ceremonies has been described as unAustralian."


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Nope. My generation also called them thongs. My kids call them flip flops. I call them a tripping hazard. My MIL broke her hip a couple of years ago wearing those. She has recovered well. She's a tough old bird.

When she was 74 she beat breast cancer.
When she was 76, she flipped off of the back of a lawn tractor and broke her back. After 2 surgeries, she finished rehab in 2 months and was fine.
When she was 84, she broke her hip and had a partial hip replacement. After only 1 month of rehab and 1 year with a cane, she is fully functional at 87.

She can no longer drive, she repeats herself often, and we don't trust her to work in the kitchen, but she gets around well.
Wow, that's pretty amazing.

Tough old bird indeed.

Interesting that they were called thongs in the US at some stage.

Anyway, I hope I don't see my in-laws wearing thongs anytime in the near future.

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Actually, if you look at the flip flop, the way it is attached, you can see that the modern meaning of the term ... came from the old.

I too remember when the footwear were called thongs, long before the term was applied to underwear.
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Some Australians call them 'pluggers'.

Certainly not a word I've ever used to describe them.

Oh, and some (racists) call them 'Japanese safety boots'.

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greggerypeccary wrote:Some Australians call them 'pluggers'.

Certainly not a word I've ever used to describe them.

Oh, and some (racists) call them 'Japanese safety boots'.
and of course KIWIS call them Jandals. !

Always wondered, somewhere in the back of my mind, why.?
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Thongs have become blingy in recent years, I have a red pair with diamente, a silver pair with sparkly stuff, and an orange and black polka dot pair :smitten

Maybe thongs + bling = blongs?
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pinkeye wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:Some Australians call them 'pluggers'.

Certainly not a word I've ever used to describe them.

Oh, and some (racists) call them 'Japanese safety boots'.
and of course KIWIS call them Jandals. !

Always wondered, somewhere in the back of my mind, why.?
Japanese Sandals = Jandals.

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On the "What Are You Doing Right Now" thread Lols talked about taking bills to the "solicitor" who is taking care of her mom's will.

"Lawyer" and "attorney" are interchangeable here, but we don't call them "solicitors". Not usually, anyway. The Solicitor General is the official who represents the U.S. in cases before the Supreme Court. But that's about the only time the term is used here.
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greggerypeccary wrote:
pinkeye wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:Some Australians call them 'pluggers'.

Certainly not a word I've ever used to describe them.

Oh, and some (racists) call them 'Japanese safety boots'.
and of course KIWIS call them Jandals. !

Always wondered, somewhere in the back of my mind, why.?
Japanese Sandals = Jandals.

WOW,, that is mind-blowing .!! As good a reason as any I've heard.
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pinkeye wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:
pinkeye wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:Some Australians call them 'pluggers'.

Certainly not a word I've ever used to describe them.

Oh, and some (racists) call them 'Japanese safety boots'.
and of course KIWIS call them Jandals. !

Always wondered, somewhere in the back of my mind, why.?
Japanese Sandals = Jandals.

WOW,, that is mind-blowing .!! As good a reason as any I've heard.
I asked Kiwis - in New Zealand.

That's what they told me.

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SethBullock wrote:On the "What Are You Doing Right Now" thread Lols talked about taking bills to the "solicitor" who is taking care of her mom's will.

"Lawyer" and "attorney" are interchangeable here, but we don't call them "solicitors". Not usually, anyway. The Solicitor General is the official who represents the U.S. in cases before the Supreme Court. But that's about the only time the term is used here.
Traditionally, we have solicitors and barristers, known collectively these days as lawyers. No attorneys or counsellors.

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Those things that bob up and down in the ocean.

Buoys.

In Australia, we call them "boys".

In the US, they say "boowees".

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greggerypeccary wrote:Those things that bob up and down in the ocean.

Buoys.

In Australia, we call them "boys".

In the US, they say "boowees".

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I worked at a NASA site, where NOAA made buoys. It was at the Stennis Space Center. I think it was in Mississippi. 20 years ago.

Bowie knives are pronounced in the same way as buoys. Jim Bowie made them famous before he was killed in the Alamo. God bless Jim Bowie.

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Texan wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:Those things that bob up and down in the ocean.

Buoys.

In Australia, we call them "boys".

In the US, they say "boowees".

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I worked at a NASA site, where NOAA made buoys. It was at the Stennis Space Center. I think it was in Mississippi. 20 years ago.

Bowie knives are pronounced in the same way as buoys. Jim Bowie made them famous before he was killed in the Alamo. God bless Jim Bowie.
So, you pronounce Bowie as boowee?

Pronouncing buoy as "boy" makes more sense, I think.

How do you pronounce buoyant in the US - "booweeant" or "boyant"?

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greggerypeccary wrote:
Texan wrote:
greggerypeccary wrote:Those things that bob up and down in the ocean.

Buoys.

In Australia, we call them "boys".

In the US, they say "boowees".

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I worked at a NASA site, where NOAA made buoys. It was at the Stennis Space Center. I think it was in Mississippi. 20 years ago.

Bowie knives are pronounced in the same way as buoys. Jim Bowie made them famous before he was killed in the Alamo. God bless Jim Bowie.
So, you pronounce Bowie as boowee?

Pronouncing buoy as "boy" makes more sense, I think.

How do you pronounce buoyant in the US - "booweeant" or "boyant"?
We pronounce Jim Bowie as Boo-wee, but David Bowie is pronounced Bo-wee. I guess it's like Roo-se-velt and Rows-a-velt.

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Not a word but a turn of phrase.

I've heard Americans say I drive truck, I drive bus instead of I'm a truck/bus driver.
I think I've also heard examples such as lay carpet, paint house and other trades. Is it a working class thing?
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I think what we call a ute, there is called a truck?

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Tally wrote:Not a word but a turn of phrase.

I've heard Americans say I drive truck, I drive bus instead of I'm a truck/bus driver.
I think I've also heard examples such as lay carpet, paint house and other trades. Is it a working class thing?
Hmmm, I've heard poms talk like that, but not Americans :?

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I own a 1990 Ford like this one. What do you call it? I call it a pick-up truck.
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greggerypeccary wrote:
Tally wrote:Not a word but a turn of phrase.

I've heard Americans say I drive truck, I drive bus instead of I'm a truck/bus driver.
I think I've also heard examples such as lay carpet, paint house and other trades. Is it a working class thing?
Hmmm, I've heard poms talk like that, but not Americans :?
Actually if you say it in your head with both an American and English accent, it sounds about right
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SethBullock wrote:I own a 1990 Ford like this one. What do you call it? I call it a pick-up truck.
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That's what we call a ute.

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SethBullock wrote:I own a 1990 Ford like this one. What do you call it? I call it a pick-up truck.
1990_ford_f-250_2_dr_xlt_lariat_extended_cab_lb-pic-5306021083466046122-1600x1200.jpeg
On Australia Day, in a couple of weeks time, all the bogans (rednecks in the US) put flags all over their utes.

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Ute is short for utility vehicle.

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Texas is crawling with Utes.

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greggerypeccary wrote:
SethBullock wrote:I own a 1990 Ford like this one. What do you call it? I call it a pick-up truck.
1990_ford_f-250_2_dr_xlt_lariat_extended_cab_lb-pic-5306021083466046122-1600x1200.jpeg
On Australia Day, in a couple of weeks time, all the bogans (rednecks in the US) put flags all over their utes.

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Ute is short for utility vehicle.
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