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Old 05-01-2005, 12:07 AM   #76
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Sometimes "girlfriend" doesn't mean someone that you're romantically involved with in the US either. It can also mean a woman's female friend. It's more commonly used by older people though. If I am going over to a friend's house my grandma will say that I am going to my girlfriends house and she is always talking about her girlfriends from high school.
My mother uses 'girlfriend' in the same sense, though she uses it a lot less than she used to because she's been getting more and more funny looks lately.

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I see nothing wrong with girlfriend being used, I think that "partner" when used for dating heterosexuals in agonisingly bland (with the exception of de facto couples where it is more than boyfriend/girlfriend but not husband/wife).
When I think of 'girlfriend' in the romantic sense (as opposed to the other meaning just discussed), it just makes me cringe and reminds me of grade eight. Maybe I'm the only person who thinks that way? That's just what it brings to mind.
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Old 05-01-2005, 12:23 AM   #77
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And we say mate/mates for male friends ~ somehow a man cannot pull off calling his male friends 'boyfriends' without it coming of queer.
Same here, except for the mate part. Here mate means spouse.
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I believe the language is also changing due to a general dumbing down. An other expression that is frequently mangled is "six pence non the wiser". This phrase is often misquoted as "six pence non the richer" which makes no sense.
I think that use comes from C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, though I don't recall him using that phrase exactly. It's from an illustration about a child asking his father for sixpence to buy the father a birthday present. The father is happy with the present, but he's not any richer since he gave his son the money in the first place. I don't think I've heard anyone say "sixpence none the richer" apart from the band with the same name, but maybe I just don't pay enough attention to people.
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I think that use comes from C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity, though I don't recall him using that phrase exactly. It's from an illustration about a child asking his father for sixpence to buy the father a birthday present. The father is happy with the present, but he's not any richer since he gave his son the money in the first place. I don't think I've heard anyone say "sixpence none the richer" apart from the band with the same name, but maybe I just don't pay enough attention to people.
Thanks for that info. I didn't know that. I haven't read 'Mere Christianity'.
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one of my pet hates is Aluminum.

What the hell???? It's Aluminium
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And I really, REALLY hate the way that the british media have started using Americanisms

for example, talking about shopping malls, or sidewalks.



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one of my pet hates is Aluminum.

What the hell???? It's Aluminium
lol.

My family are metallurgists so I have heard this before. The other one is Vanadium, just with pronunciation though.

I once heard a person from the USA say "vanadium" and I had no idea what they were talking about, the pronunciation was that different.
Van-a-de-um he said. We say Van-aid-e-um.

The confusion makes for interesting conversation if nothing else. lol.
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or Carribean

thats another one that messes with my head
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I know I'm getting into the realms of pronunciation now, but I still get annoyed with N American visitors pronounce the city I live in as Notting-Ham, with the emphasis on the 'ham'. It's pronounced Nottingum, with the emphasis on the Nott

much like Edinburgh is not pronounced Edin-Bur-Oh or Scarborough is not pronounced Scar-Bur-Oh or Melbourne is not pronounced.....erm.....Mel-Bourne lol
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Oooh, what a lovely thread. Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and Americans all debating over who butchers the glorious English language the most.

Still, you can forgive the Australians, who tend to have accents so bleeding nasal they're actually sexy. New Zealanders I have no beef with, except that they sound like Australians with severely clipped accents. Even some parts of the USA have some truly delectable accents - but I do have peeves.

I LOATHE the way some of you guys say 'nu-killer' for nuclear. PRE-sentation with a horrid accentuation of the 'pre'. 'Aluminum' has been mentioned here already, but what on Earth is the deal with 'Twosday' and 'I'-raq?

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or Carribean

thats another one that messes with my head
Ditto. I once had a work calll from the Caribbean. She pronounced her country and I didn't know what she said. I know now but it sounded really foreign at the time. But Im the foreign one. I dont know why we pronounce it differently here.
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I know I'm getting into the realms of pronunciation now, but I still get annoyed with N American visitors pronounce the city I live in as Notting-Ham, with the emphasis on the 'ham'. It's pronounced Nottingum, with the emphasis on the Nott

much like Edinburgh is not pronounced Edin-Bur-Oh or Scarborough is not pronounced Scar-Bur-Oh or Melbourne is not pronounced.....erm.....Mel-Bourne lol
I once watched a documentary on this very topic. Apparently people from the USA predominately emphasise the last part of a word, whereas Australians emphasis the first part. Hence the Marilyn M'n-row the USA people say, instead of the Mike Mun-ro, Australians say. And obviously English people too. lol.
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I but what on Earth is the deal with 'Twosday' and 'I'-raq?

Do you pronounce "mute" as mewet or moot, or something else? Im just curious. I say the first one.
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I LOATHE the way some of you guys say 'nu-killer' for nuclear. PRE-sentation with a horrid accentuation of the 'pre'. 'Aluminum' has been mentioned here already, but what on Earth is the deal with 'Twosday' and 'I'-raq?

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Ooooooooooooh yeah I'd forgotten about those ones

And what about 'Ve-Hick-Le

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ooh and Mobul instead of Mo-Bile

oooooooh and Rowt instead of Route
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