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mandoleer BS: Two cultures divided by a common language (97* d) RE: BS: Two cultures divided by a comon language 27 May 05

How about toad in the hole for another bit of food?
You can get language problems within very short distances. I told a girlfriend from near Wigan the Liverpool joke about the moggie sitting outside the Mersey Tunnel saying, 'No matter how big yez are, I'll get yez when yer come out!' She looked blank. I thought for a moment, and asked her what was sitting outside the tunnel. Her reply was 'a mouse', which I had just remembered is the meaning of moggie in the Wigan area. In Liverpool, about 20 miles away, it's a cat.
And then they had to change all the notices on the new automatic level crossings on the railways in the UK, because someone from the south had worded them. 'Wait while lights flash' was OK to a southerner, and meant if the lights were flashing you should stay put. However, in the North (especially in Yorkshire), it meant wait if the lights weren't flashing, and to go when they did. Woops!

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