Slice of Life Story Challenge March 10 A Subtle Difference in Terminology
Being Monday, I visited my favourite coffee haunt, Modi Café in
Main Street. I do a
lot of thinking while I’m there. I also drink coffee, read, write and converse.
Today I was thinking…
It’s interesting how we Australians use the term ‘In
Main Street.’ My American friends tend to say ‘On Main Street.’ It’s a subtle difference in
During my six years in the
I was always trying to adjust my use of terminology to suit the situation.
Sometimes I inadvertently created confusion, by using a different term. It was
interesting to observe the look on people’s faces. I recall telling a teacher I
had left some handouts for her in her pigeon
hole and she gave me a most horrified look. I quickly revised my
terminology and added,- mailbox. ‘Oh,
yes.’ She said, looking somewhat relieved. U.S.
Australians use the term, ‘take away.’ In
used to hearing the term ‘take out.’ We Aussies ‘stand in a line –or a queue.’ In
I learned to get ‘on line.’ America
I feel a list coming on here:
American schools have hallways.
Australian schools have corridors.
Americans walk to the right
Australians walk to the left
Americans gone on vacation
Australians go on holidays
American say closet
Australians say cupboard
Americans say Weed-Whacker
Australians say Whipper-Snipper
Americans say Check Please
Australians say Bill please
Americans check items on a list
Australians tick items on a list
Americans end a sentence with a period
Australians end a sentence with a full stop
Americans say mail box
Australians say pigeon hole
Americans say flip flops
Australians say thongs
American s say SUV
Australians say 4 wheel drive
Americans say downtown
Australians say CBD
Americans say frosting
Australians say icing
Americans say cookies
Australians say bikkies(biscuits)
I’m sure there are others. These subtle differences keep us alert. Language is a fascinating and pliable thing. We bend it to suit our needs. In some ways this slice is a travel alert for those moving in either direction.