No wonder English is confusing, Part 2

As a follow-up to my fun post, “No Wonder (Verbal) English is confusing!“, here’s a follow-up that really shows how crazy it can get. Although I think in the end, there is some (okay, a lot of) Celtic actually thrown in there rather than simply English spoken with a Scottish brogue, it proves that even in the United Kingdom–other than Wales who definitely have their own language with Welsh–that English is NOT the same everywhere. Here to prove that is Karen Gillam, who played Amy Pond on Doctor Who.

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to No wonder English is confusing, Part 2

  1. As if to demonstrate this further, some years ago I worked in the IT department of a Bank in central London. We had a centre in what we term “the Midlands” about 150 miles north of London. We often had staff come down or we went up there. One day I went off to the canteen and asked someone from the Midland office if they wanted anything. They said they wanted a sausage roll. OK said I.

    Apparently to him a sausage roll is a round bread roll with a hard crispy shell (other wise it is a sausage cobb) with a whole sausage inside it sliced in half. To me it is a long thin puff pastry filled with sausage meat. Unfortunately I had no answer to what I called the bread roll. It was also a sausage roll. Go figure!

    • We have some similar issues with food products in the US, too. My son’s favorite sandwich contains thinly sliced meats and cheeses on a long bakery roll with lettuce, tomato, onion, some oil and vinegar, salt, pepper, and spices. In the greater Philadelphia area (I’m not sure how far this expression spreads), we call that a hoagie. In many parts of the US, they’ll call it a submarine sandwich (from its shape), or for short, a sub (as in a Subway-brand sandwich). In parts of the southern US, they’d call it a grinder or a po’boy. It’s more or less all the same sandwich. Crazy how that works with sausage rolls, too!

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