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11th May '18 4:50:35 PM IrvingIV
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Confusion over dialects in RealLife varies from person to person, and depends on the situation. If British Alice says "throw it in the boot" to American Bob in a story, without context he may be confused; but when they're obviously near to a car, it isn't a huge leap that she means that something should be put in the "trunk".

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Confusion over dialects in RealLife varies from person to person, and depends on the situation. If British Alice says "throw it in the boot" 'boot'" to American Bob in a story, without context he may be confused; but when they're obviously near to a car, it isn't a huge leap that she means that something should be put in the "trunk".
30th Apr '18 11:46:17 PM Fireblood
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* In ''Film/ChasingLiberty'', Anna, the US President's daughter, is visiting London and doesn't understand the phrase "Tele's broke, and there's no lift" before it's translated: "Telephone's broken, elevator: none." (Although “tele” or “telly” in British English means “television”; a telephone is called “a phone”)

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* In ''Film/ChasingLiberty'', Anna, the US President's daughter, is visiting London and doesn't understand the phrase "Tele's broke, and there's no lift" before it's translated: "Telephone's "Television's broken, elevator: none." (Although “tele” or “telly” in British English means “television”; a telephone is called “a phone”)"
28th Apr '18 11:02:23 PM angie710
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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Venus and Mars]]'' self-help books, it's explained that Martians (men) and Venusians (women) use the same language, but in different ways. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment In the books]], Venusians tend to rely on nuance and HintDropping, as well as emotion, where Martians are more direct and to-the-point, even LiteralMinded. (So, for example, if [[AliceAndBob Alice asks Bob]] to clean the toilet, she may ''actually'' mean she wants him to clean the sink and shower and mop the floor too, or even to put his entire day on hold and do the whole house top to bottom. But because he's not used to this type of communication, he's likely to ''just'' clean the toilet. Which will then lead to Alice becoming frustrated because Bob didn't get the hint and she now has to finish what she feels is an incomplete task, and Bob becoming frustrated because Alice didn't tell him what she wanted in a way that made sense to him, and is now angry with him.) This causes chaos when the Martians and Venusians hook up and travel to Earth for reasons never really explained in the books.

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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Venus and Mars]]'' self-help books, it's explained that Martians (men) and Venusians (women) use the same language, but in different ways. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment In the books]], Venusians tend to rely on nuance and HintDropping, as well as emotion, where Martians are more direct and to-the-point, even LiteralMinded. [[note]] (So, for example, if [[AliceAndBob Alice asks Bob]] to clean the toilet, she may ''actually'' mean she wants him to clean the sink and shower and mop the floor too, or even to put his entire day on hold and do the whole house top to bottom. But because he's not used to this type of communication, he's likely to ''just'' clean the toilet. Which will then lead to Alice becoming frustrated because Bob didn't get the hint and she now has to finish what she feels is an incomplete task, and Bob becoming frustrated because Alice didn't tell him what she wanted in a way that made sense to him, and is now angry with him.him, and Alice being frustrated because she feels she shouldn't have to spell things out to a grown man like Bob, that he ''should'' have been able to divine what she wanted and do it without being asked, and Bob not understanding why Alice is upset because he did what she told him to. Alice now thinks Bob is a spoiled ManChild, and Bob thinks Alice is crazy, or a nagging unpleasable shrew, or both.) [[/note]] This causes chaos when the Martians and Venusians hook up and travel to Earth for reasons never really explained in the books.
28th Apr '18 7:21:26 PM angie710
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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Venus and Mars]]'' self-help books, it's explained that Martians (men) and Venusians (women) use the same language, but in different ways. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment In the books]], Venusians tend to rely on nuance and HintDropping, as well as emotion, where Martians are more direct and to-the-point, even LiteralMinded. (So, for example, if [[AliceAndBob Alice asks Bob]] to clean the toilet, she may ''actually'' mean she wants him to clean the sink and shower and mop the floor too, or even to put his entire day on hold and do the whole house top to bottom. But because he's not used to this type of communication, he's likely to ''just'' clean the toilet. Which will then lead to Alice becoming frustrated because Bob didn't get the hint and she now has to finish what she feels is an incomplete task, and Bob becoming frustrated because Alice didn't tell him what she wanted in a way that made sense to him.) This causes chaos when the Martians and Venusians hook up and travel to Earth for reasons never really explained in the books.

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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Venus and Mars]]'' self-help books, it's explained that Martians (men) and Venusians (women) use the same language, but in different ways. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment In the books]], Venusians tend to rely on nuance and HintDropping, as well as emotion, where Martians are more direct and to-the-point, even LiteralMinded. (So, for example, if [[AliceAndBob Alice asks Bob]] to clean the toilet, she may ''actually'' mean she wants him to clean the sink and shower and mop the floor too, or even to put his entire day on hold and do the whole house top to bottom. But because he's not used to this type of communication, he's likely to ''just'' clean the toilet. Which will then lead to Alice becoming frustrated because Bob didn't get the hint and she now has to finish what she feels is an incomplete task, and Bob becoming frustrated because Alice didn't tell him what she wanted in a way that made sense to him, and is now angry with him.) This causes chaos when the Martians and Venusians hook up and travel to Earth for reasons never really explained in the books.
28th Apr '18 7:18:43 PM angie710
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* In the ''[[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast Venus and Mars]]'' self-help books, it's explained that Martians (men) and Venusians (women) use the same language, but in different ways. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment In the books]], Venusians tend to rely on nuance and HintDropping, as well as emotion, where Martians are more direct and to-the-point, even LiteralMinded. (So, for example, if [[AliceAndBob Alice asks Bob]] to clean the toilet, she may ''actually'' mean she wants him to clean the sink and shower and mop the floor too, or even to put his entire day on hold and do the whole house top to bottom. But because he's not used to this type of communication, he's likely to ''just'' clean the toilet. Which will then lead to Alice becoming frustrated because Bob didn't get the hint and she now has to finish what she feels is an incomplete task, and Bob becoming frustrated because Alice didn't tell him what she wanted in a way that made sense to him.) This causes chaos when the Martians and Venusians hook up and travel to Earth for reasons never really explained in the books.
20th Apr '18 7:35:06 PM Pisthetairos
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*''Series/{{Friends}}'' has Monica's former roomate show up in an episode after a few years living in England. She insists on using british terms, to Mon and Phoebe's annoyance.
-->'''Amanda:''' Sorry, I didn't want to catch you on your ''mobile''. I feel like such an ''arse''.
-->'''Phoebe:''' Well here you're just an ''ass''.
17th Mar '18 6:14:09 PM jamespolk
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* ''Series/{{Columbo}}'': In "[[Recap/ColumboS02E04 Dagger of the Mind]]", Columbo is telling Richard the Brit about some spots on the "hood" of the car, which is odd, because it hadn't rained at Sir Roger's country estate. (It had in London.) Roger is puzzled for a second, and then he says "Oh, the bonnet."
10th Mar '18 7:38:31 AM MathsAngelicVersion
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* Copies of ''[[VideoGame/MarioParty Mario Party 8]]'' had to be recalled in the UK due to the character Kamek using the word "spastic" (as in "Magikoopa magic! Turn this train spastic! Make this ticket tragic!") on the Shy Guy Express level. In the UK, "spastic" is an offensive derogatory slang term to refer to disabled or mentally handicapped people. The word was changed to "erratic" in re-releases.

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* Copies of ''[[VideoGame/MarioParty Mario Party 8]]'' ''VideoGame/MarioParty 8'' had to be recalled in the UK due to the character Kamek using the word "spastic" (as in "Magikoopa magic! Turn this train spastic! Make this ticket tragic!") on the Shy Guy Express level. In the UK, "spastic" is an offensive derogatory slang term to refer to disabled or mentally handicapped people. The word was changed to "erratic" in re-releases.re-releases.
* If you perform poorly on the tests in the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS version of ''VideoGame/MindQuiz'', the game will call you "spastic", or "super spastic" if you did particularly bad. It was recalled in the UK for the same reason as ''Mario Party 8'' -- however, a fixed version was never released.
8th Mar '18 1:53:24 PM fighwitt
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* In ''Franchise/XMen'' fanfic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5082796 "A Conversation in the White Hot Room"]], [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]] and ComicBook/JeanGrey have a slight misunderstanding:
-->“Blast it.” They’re silent for a moment. “What are you waiting for?”\\
“What?” Scott says, startled. “Oh. '''Oh'''. I thought that was an exclamation. You know, like-” he mimics a British accent- “'''Blast it'''!”\\
Jean glares at him. “Blast it, Cyclops, with your eye beams.”
2nd Mar '18 2:32:22 PM CheeseDogX
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* In an early episode of ''Series/FamilyGuy'', where Quahog gets flooded with British expatriates, one of them tries to explain how cricket is played, using a lot of jargon. When Peter asks what the guy is saying, Cleveland responds that the only British idiom he knows is that fag means cigarette. Peter replies "Well, someone tell this [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar cigarette]] to shut up."
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