Re: [OT] British vs. American English (was Re: Wow, Evolution left me with eggs in my face)
2011/10/1 Lisi <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> On Sunday 02 October 2011 01:09:16 Stephen Powell wrote:
>> In England,
>> "tea" means a full meal.
> Sorry to contradict you, but this is inaccurate. I don't know how the numbers
> pan out percentage-wise, since the use of tea in that sense is both regional
> and class based. (Yes, that terrible British class system.)
> In the middle classes in the south, and the upper classes everywhere in
> England, tea means a cup of tea in the afternoon, perhaps with biscuits
> and/or cake etc. Cream tea means, I think everywhere in England, a pot of
> tea and scones with cream and strawberry jam, consumed in the afternoon.
> In offices and certainly some factories, we have a tea break in the afternoon
> and a coffee break in the morning.
> I simply don't know how this pans out in Scotland, Wales and Ireland, but you
> rescued me from needing to know by specifically speaking of England! I am
> not quibbling - there are distinct cultural differences between the nations.
> I just asked my granddaughter what meal she would mean by tea and she
> said "What meal? There isn't a meal called tea." So it hasn't yet changed
> and is still used as I have described above.
> Sorry - language fascinates me!
i am trusting your words!
i have read the story that the word "American" was used to denote
USians and Canadians during the 2nd WW; in fact it does not appear on
the USian Constitution: and in any other Language or dialect it means
"every one who has been born in America" from Bering to Cabo de
Hornos. Does it seem true for you?