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Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
13-Aug-08 - 06:36 PM
Thread Name: Divided by a common language
Subject: RE: Divided by a common language
""Americans all commonly use the words cockroach and cocktail. I wonder why you think we don't.""

We don't actually get to hear what ordinary folks in the US say. The TV programs we see are heavily larded with redneck colloquialisms, or perhaps what the producers perceive as such.

So we are most likely to hear roach, and cocktails are almost invariably referred to by name (Manhattan, Harvey Wallbanger, etc.)

In fact, until you posted, I for one WAS unaware that cockroach was in common use.

Don T