Original poster: melusin_79
Seeing as I was the one who suggested this, I thought I’d get the ball rolling with some suggestions:
It might be helpful if fellow Brits could post words and phrases they see on a regular basis that make you stop and think WTF? One small example that pulls me up short is, ‘I’ll just go and wash up.’ The natural response to this would be, ‘Where’s the tea towel? I’ll dry.’
As I’m sure you’re aware, there are many words that have different meanings on either side of the pond. Fanny is probably the most famous, but I would like to point out a lesser-known one – maybe something that few Brits know about. I only know this myself because my mother-in-law, visiting her cousins in the States, was asked ‘So, what do you think of the house?’ to which she replied, ‘It’s very homely.’ They were offended, and she had no idea why.
My mother-in-law was telling her cousin that her home was cosy, warm and inviting. Her cousin heard plain and ugly. I see the word applied to people, ‘his homely features,’ for example, (an expression we would never use), and I’m not really sure how derogatory this is. Is it worse/better/same as saying ugly? I’d be interested to know.
NB - Please feel free to start a separate post.