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Shadowduck
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quote:
Originally posted by Kersten:
There have been several times I have seen interviews of British actors, etc. that have caught themselves about to say "fag" and quickly change it to "cigarette."

I think that's permissible given that the word 'fag' has a totally different meaning in US English - in the States I've been greeted with everything from raised eyebrows to howls of derision if I forgot myself and said "I fancy a fag" or worse "I'm just going to have a fag". It's understandable why those in the public eye would wish to avoid that one!

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Reminds me of the skit on The Kids In The Hall, with a mousey lady complaining about how words have changed, and she says something like, "'Faggot' was such a good word. Used to be, if you were cold, you threw another faggot on the fire. Now if you do it, it's a scandal!"

And now, to be completely silly, I will ruin a Led Zeppelin classic.

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quote:
Originally posted by Shadowduck:
quote:
Originally posted by Kersten:
There have been several times I have seen interviews of British actors, etc. that have caught themselves about to say "fag" and quickly change it to "cigarette."

I think that's permissible given that the word 'fag' has a totally different meaning in US English - in the States I've been greeted with everything from raised eyebrows to howls of derision if I forgot myself and said "I fancy a fag" or worse "I'm just going to have a fag". It's understandable why those in the public eye would wish to avoid that one!

Shadow "hang on while I roll a fag" Duck

I think "I fancy a fag" is worse, actually.
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quote:
Originally posted by Errata:
quote:
Originally posted by Shadowduck:
quote:
Originally posted by Kersten:
There have been several times I have seen interviews of British actors, etc. that have caught themselves about to say "fag" and quickly change it to "cigarette."

I think that's permissible given that the word 'fag' has a totally different meaning in US English - in the States I've been greeted with everything from raised eyebrows to howls of derision if I forgot myself and said "I fancy a fag" or worse "I'm just going to have a fag". It's understandable why those in the public eye would wish to avoid that one!

Shadow "hang on while I roll a fag" Duck

I think "I fancy a fag" is worse, actually.
Want to get all Hannibal about it 'I've got the butt of a fag I'm saving for later'

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the Virgin Marrya
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quote:
Originally posted by TrishDaDish:
And now, to be completely silly, I will ruin a Led Zeppelin classic.

If there's a bustle in your hedgehog,
Don't be alarmed now!
It's just a signal for the Bay Queen...

But, but... everyone knows that a hedgehog canna be buggered at all.... [Pratchett]

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quote:
Originally posted by lazerus the duck:
quote:
Originally posted by Errata:
quote:
Originally posted by Shadowduck:
quote:
Originally posted by Kersten:
There have been several times I have seen interviews of British actors, etc. that have caught themselves about to say "fag" and quickly change it to "cigarette."

I think that's permissible given that the word 'fag' has a totally different meaning in US English - in the States I've been greeted with everything from raised eyebrows to howls of derision if I forgot myself and said "I fancy a fag" or worse "I'm just going to have a fag". It's understandable why those in the public eye would wish to avoid that one!

Shadow "hang on while I roll a fag" Duck

I think "I fancy a fag" is worse, actually.
Want to get all Hannibal about it 'I've got the butt of a fag I'm saving for later'
On the Rolling Stones' first visit to American TV Bill Wyman asked the host if he could "pinch some fags" (borrow cigarettes). I imagine there was more than one giggle in the house.

Jaime "luckily he didn't ask to 'bum some fag'" Vargas

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TrishDaDish
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quote:
Originally posted by Bloody Marrya:
quote:
Originally posted by TrishDaDish:
And now, to be completely silly, I will ruin a Led Zeppelin classic.

If there's a bustle in your hedgehog,
Don't be alarmed now!
It's just a signal for the Bay Queen...

But, but... everyone knows that a hedgehog canna be buggered at all.... [Pratchett]
Just to add further confusion to this, the Bay Queen is the name of a cruise ship here. So if a hedgehog is getting personal time with a cruise ship, it ain't gonna walk right afterwards, poor thing...

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YOMANK!

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quote:
Originally posted by RingKeeper:
It brings to mind the first Harry Potter book, which was changed from the Philosopher's Stone to the Sorcerer's Stone in the States.

I find this funny... There's an anime tv show (translated to English for US tv) where a search for a "Philosopher's Stone" plays a big part in the plot!
The HP books changed many things including the password for Dumbledore's office: in an early book it is "lemon drop" but late Harry remembers it as being "sherbet lemon" which it always was in the British versions. They also changed "jumper" to "sweater" although personally if I had read "jumper" I would have wondered why Harry was wearing a girl's dress...


If you want to see an awful change of a kids television show from British to America/Canada, see if you can find "The Worst Witch." It used to be on HBO Family but I'm not sure if it is anymore.
They actually dubbed over the British actors' voices using American-sounding voices! If you watch the show you can see the slight out-of-sync movements of their lips.

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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew of Ware, England:
Yes, you're quite right Silas and Ulko. However, I think the impact of the Orson Welles 1930 radio programme has been exaggerated. An article in 'The Fortean Times' suggested that the whole idea of mass panic in 1938 is an Urban Legend. Perhaps only about 200 people left their homes although police stations did receive a lot of telephone calls.

Steve Allen relates the story that his mother, aunt and himself were taken in by WotW while staying at a hotel. They rushed out of the room in a panic and the rest of the guests and staff thought they were nutters. Only after they heard another radio station playing popular music, did they realize their embarrassing mistake. Speculation off this anecdote makes me think that panic might have been widespread area-wise, but not population-wise necessarily.

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We still giggle in a rather childish fashion every time the theme song for "the Nanny" comes on. Apparently fanny means something different in the US.
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Originally posted by smartymarty66:
We still giggle in a rather childish fashion every time the theme song for "the Nanny" comes on. Apparently fanny means something different in the US.

The trouble with the word fanny in the U.S. is that in addition to meaning your situpon, it is a name. Started out as a nickname for Frances, I believe.

Seaboe

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Also true in the UK. My entire class was yelled at in infant school for giggling about Fanny in the Magic Faraway Tree series. Apparently it was immature. WTF? We were six. What do you want?

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Which goes to prove people in the U.K. are not likely to use the phrase "My Aunt Fanny!" (Roughly meaning "You are so full of it!").

Then again, not too many people here in the U.S. say that phrase anymore. Kind of like a phrase you'd hear a grandparent say in front of the kiddies instead of swearing.

"Grandpa! I seen a u.f.o.!"
"My Aunt Fanny, you did! Boy, get back in here and finish your homework!"

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quote:
Originally posted by TrishDaDish:
Which goes to prove people in the U.K. are not likely to use the phrase "My Aunt Fanny!" (Roughly meaning "You are so full of it!").

Then again, not too many people here in the U.S. say that phrase anymore. Kind of like a phrase you'd hear a grandparent say in front of the kiddies instead of swearing.

"Grandpa! I seen a u.f.o.!"
"My Aunt Fanny, you did! Boy, get back in here and finish your homework!"

I believe that the last person to use that expression in the U.S. was Col. Potter on M*A*S*H .

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quote:
Originally posted by Bad Ronald:
I believe that the last person to use that expression in the U.S. was Col. Potter on M*A*S*H.

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