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on speaking British [авг. 4, 2002|10:23 pm]
Anatoly Vorobey
Отличный словарик различий между британским и американским языками (построенный в виде путеводителя по британскому английскому для американца).
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[User Picture]From: zc2
2002-08-04 02:47 pm

thumb down

вещь полезная, да вот только дизайн сильно убогий... да и грузится очень долго.
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[User Picture]From: avva
2002-08-04 02:59 pm

Re: thumb down

Дизайн шмизайн... главное - хвост! Контент, то есть.
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From: ex_ilyavinar899
2002-08-04 03:09 pm

Heh.

I read somewhere that when Harry Potter was translated into American English, "crumpets" were made into "muffins", much against the protests of the Britons who felt that they are not the same.
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[User Picture]From: b_k
2002-08-04 11:01 pm
Да, lemon drops были тоже чем-то другим (не помню, правда, чем)...Зато "All right, mate?" и в Американском варианте повсюду :)
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[User Picture]From: b_k
2002-08-04 10:59 pm

Спасибо за ценный ресурс. Пригодится в общении с британским мужем любимой подруги-американки :) Перед следующей поездкой в Англию распечатаю и возьму с собой :)

PS Вспомнилось, как на меня смотрели как на безумную в Лондоне, когда я долго требовала oatmeal :) Правда, я через какое-то время сама вспомнила слово "porridge".
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[User Picture]From: shaul
2002-08-05 02:47 am

OK

Немного не по теме, но все-таки:

OK1 or o·kay (o-ka') Informal.
n., pl. OK's or o·kays.

Approval; agreement: Get your supervisor's OK before taking a day off.

[Abbreviation of oll korrect, slang respelling of all correct.]

WORD HISTORY   OK is a quintessentially American term that has spread from English to many other languages. Its origin was the subject of scholarly debate for many years until Allen Walker Read showed that OK is based on a joke of sorts. OK is first recorded in 1839 but was probably in circulation before that date. During the 1830s there was a humoristic fashion in Boston newspapers to reduce a phrase to initials and supply an explanation in parentheses. Sometimes the abbreviations were misspelled to add to the humor. OK was used in March 1839 as an abbreviation for all correct, the joke being that neither the O nor the K was correct. Originally spelled with periods, this term outlived most similar abbreviations owing to its use in President Martin Van Buren's 1840 campaign for reelection. Because he was born in Kinderhook, New York, Van Buren was nicknamed Old Kinderhook, and the abbreviation proved eminently suitable for political slogans. That same year, an editorial referring to the receipt of a pin with the slogan O.K. had this comment: “frightful letters … significant of the birth-place of Martin Van Buren, old Kinderhook, as also the rallying word of the Democracy of the late election, ‘all correct’ .... Those who wear them should bear in mind that it will require their most strenuous exertions … to make all things O.K.”

Source: Atomica
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[User Picture]From: signamax
2002-09-14 01:27 pm

Re: OK

я читал похожее, только про президента Кулиджа (он был из Вермонта - а там из все за чукчей держат). есть еще одна версия - со времен Гражданской Войны - OK - это 0 (zero) Killed.
писали в донесениях, когда не было потерь убитыми. не всегда оказывалось zero :(
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