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Posted By: clueless don
14-Aug-08 - 10:26 AM
Thread Name: Divided by a common language
Subject: RE: Divided by a common language
I encountered one recently that I had not seen before: Earlier this year J. K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, wrote a short "prequel" involving James Potter and Sirius Black, after they had left Hogwarts but before, obviously, James was killed. Early in the story, she used the expression "riding pillion", which apparently means riding on the seat behind the driver on a motorcycle (though possibly applicable to a horse as well??) I am American (USA, that is), and I had never, ever encountered that expression in all of my 58 years.

Don