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August 10, 2005
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Having read Casey's blog – I thought I should write about the language adjustments I've had to make living in England after being brought up in South Wales (Penarth, if anyone is wanting specifics)
I say Next Friday – This is not the same as Friday coming, it is the Friday of next week. i.e the 19th August. English people tend to use Next Friday to mean Friday of this week, i.e 12th August.
This is quite problematic when arranging days to meet people - so it's best to tell me a date
I say sosban pronounced "saus (as in sausages)" + "ban" – This is exactly the same as the English saucepan.
I think this is a much friendlier name, as sausages are more fun to eat and cook than sauces.
I say couple of [put item here] - This is definitely more that two, but not loads, probably about 3 or 4. Several is the next amount on the scale, meaning 5 +
I had a bit of a bad experience when I was working in Leamington Spa Pizza Hut in my second year. A, quite snobby, woman asked me for a couple of extra plates, so I replied with "How many would you like?" and she responded with a look and a sharp "two". Needless to say, she didn't leave me a tip!