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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:29 PM

Does anybody know, do the British say orange peel, orange skin, or orange rind?

It just seems like something they'd get idiosyncratic about, like when the call apartments "flats" even if they're split-level, or elevators "lifts" even when they're on the top floor

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Reply Does anybody know, do the British say orange peel, orange skin, or orange rind? (Original post)
Bucky Aug 1 OP
samnsara Aug 1 #1
Shermann Aug 1 #2
Doodley Aug 1 #5
soothsayer Aug 1 #8
Sanity Claws Aug 1 #3
Doodley Aug 1 #4
Doodley Aug 1 #6
sinkingfeeling Aug 1 #7
Binkie The Clown Aug 1 #9

Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:31 PM

1. in my other life i worked as a sex texter for a british company...

..I used to have a dictionary that translated brit to english. I dont recall ever having to deal with orange peels. Sorry......

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:33 PM

2. That whole pants/trousers thing must have been confusing! nt

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Response to Shermann (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:53 PM

5. Yep, our pants are underwear.

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Response to Doodley (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 08:42 PM

8. Fanny is... not what it is here!

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:47 PM

3. How about checking a British cook book?

A BBC recipe for marmalade calls it peel.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/how_to_make_marmalade_20072

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:52 PM

4. A Brit here! Orange peel.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 07:55 PM

6. And your first floor is our ground floor. Your second floor is our first floor, etc.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 08:04 PM

7. We all call the Donald, the Orange Anus, on both sides of the pond.

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Response to Bucky (Original post)

Sat Aug 1, 2020, 09:10 PM

9. What I don't get is why they spell so many words the French way?

like colour, honour, armour, etc. The only thing I can figure is that long ago French was the "prestige" language, so maybe that affectation was adopted to look more French and simulate prestige.

Of course that doesn't explain why they pluralize "maths" or say "whilst" for "while", or use "gaol" for "jail". Who knows!

And then there's the odd habit of treating singular verbs as if they were plural. We have only one senate, yet they insist on saying things like "the senate have voted..." as if the singular "senate" were plural. And the oddness just goes on and on.

I once heard it said that it took British genius to create the English language, and American genius to perfect it.

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