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Friday, February 01, 2008
i don't think that word means what you think it means
Inconceivable differences in English and English, learned from my addiction to Location Location Location and Relocation Relocation
homely - in Canadian this means unattractive, in English this apparently means "warm feeling of home"
overlooked - in Canadian this means neglected, not paid attention to, in English this apparently means "surrounded by other buildings where people can 'look over' your house and what you're doing there"
garden - in Canadian this means a flower or vegetable planting, in English it is the equivalent of the Canadian "back yard"
"have a butcher's" - this doesn't mean a bloody thing in Canadian, but in English it means "have a look" (rhyming slang: butcher's hook -> look) [ok technically they only used this once]
other fun English you can work into your Canadian conversations: chuffed, gutted, gobsmacked, brilliant