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And it's not only words but the meanings of them. For instance the first time my sister in law called the house and asked for my wife I said "she's in the bathroom." She balks back "DO YOU MEAN THE TOILET?" I said, "No, I hope she isn't in the toilet. She would probably clog it." We don't say "in the toilet" in my circle of americans. We will say "I need to go to the toilet" which refers to number 2.

And then,

My mother in law quit smoking and then came for a visit from G.B. One day we were walking out of a mall in florida when I lit one up. She said, very loudly and with meaning, "I could just murder a fag." Meaning a cigarette. She had no idea what she had said. People looked. I explained when we got in the car and she almost cried. We are gay friendly and don't get those who aren't. Mum just had no idea that a "cig" meant that here. I typed the word once in the context it was said and that was enough. I don't care for the word.

It's a miracle any of us understand each other.

Potty the Pirate, saying the word fanny in the context you did made me knackered.
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He he, your story about your mother in law wanting to "murder a fag" is exactly the kind of misunderstanding that occurs frequently. Here in the UK, there would be absolutely no doubt that she meant she wanted to smoke...even though the other meaning of the word is also now broadly used. Likewise, Americans frequently get themselves into trouble when they visit the UK, and don't realise what "fanny" means over here!
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Potty is getting a trifle confused I think. The word "fanny" has the same anatomical meaning in America. However the word is never used in the UK in that context. Unless things have changed since I left. Otherwise I have no idea what he is talking about.

Oddly enough the word "fanny" is used among British grafters. It is grafter's lingo for "patter" or "script" or "sales spiel"

Anyway it really is time that Americans learned to speak English properly. It would be a very good thing for them to come under British rule once again. Or better still Canadian rule since the economy is perfectly fine up here and American money is now on a par with monopoly money. That't teach them to try and invade us in 1812. Not that they got anywhere of course.
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On 2011-06-04 05:11, Mark Lewis wrote:
Potty is getting a trifle confused I think. The word "fanny" has the same anatomical meaning in America. However the word is never used in the UK in that context. Unless things have changed since I left. Otherwise I have no idea what he is talking about.

Mark, "fanny" is a crude term in the UK, for - well - a lady's "privates". I've never heard it used to mean "bum" as it is in the States.
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Oh yes, you are right. I have indeed heard that it does mean that in the UK to a certain extent. You would know more about such things than I would. Vulgarity is not a speciality of mine.
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