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Offline Jumis

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on: May 9, 2020, 09:20
Was about to place some uncommon (sometimes odd or funny) thangs here… maybe more “territorial” than “slang” but still not sure, though.

Well, no alphabet or other preferences / just to begin with…

There is all kinds of localisms in Canada. One of the most common is the ending of a sentence with eh? (pronounced hey?): it means the same thing as a brit or an oz saying "yeah?" at the end of theirs... do you agree with my statement, yeah?

Some of the most confusing ones come from Newfoundland and other points east in Canada, like “how's your feet an ears?” The meaning is “obvious”: it's friggin’ cold there too, so literally is anything at risk of freezing off at the moment. In a warm house meaning the same, "is everything good in your world?" while the rest of Canada uses something along the lines of "Howzit goin' eh?" This one confounds a bit: in Newfinese they say "where ya to?" and that apparently means "Where are you from?” (what town, are you a bayman or a townie?)...
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Reply #1 on: May 9, 2020, 09:34
"Couple years back I was trimming some split eucalyptus..." = the laziest US (or mostly US-South?) form for "a couple of years back". The Canucks are still tended to use "of" (omitting the initial "a" anyways).

Some more America? Okay: "my soon-to-be daughter-in-law" sounds quite understandable even for the foreigners, right? Kiwi peeps say to feel comfortable with this idiom, too.

Talking of the downunders, by the way. Ever heard of the dunny paper crisis? It sounds OK for both oz and kiwi folks but makes problem for the most of the rest Anglophones.
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Reply #2 on: May 9, 2020, 10:36
Very likely, imma make a boo-boo now but so, what I'm gonna did seems and sounds just like "so, what am I going to have done..." to me.

Now let's find a bit of humor in the American I'm going to go ahead (or even heard them sayin' a few times I'm gonna go ahead and go ahead). At that point they must work for Uncle Sam in the department of redundancy department.

Couple of years back during a seminar, the guy was gonna go ahead and go back over some of the topics that were soon-to-be the standard procedure. Nothing odd about that there, that he went and done did that, now is there?

So, when the Americans love saying like I'm gonna go ahead and get behind you... you are feeling not just a wee bit uncomfortable...
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Reply #3 on: May 9, 2020, 10:39
Purely for interest, the Oz resident's statement: if an American speaks of a woman's fanny, he means her rump, backside, rear... but if an Australian does he means her snatch/external sexual equipment!..
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Offline Киноварь

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Reply #4 on: May 10, 2020, 17:01
The Canucks are still tended to use "of"
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Kiwi peeps say to feel comfortable with this idiom
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Offline Jumis

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Reply #5 on: May 10, 2020, 17:19
The Canucks are still tended to use "of"
:what:

Canadian residents tend keeping "of" at its place: couple of years back.


Kiwi peeps say to feel comfortable with this idiom
:what:

NZ people...
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