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#2979147 - 03/07/19 12:39 PM OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie
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I know the latest Kronos OS, but no idea about the clever growth of our American English.

Maybe bestie is chick secret language. Or its from a cable TV show where invented word use becomes cool.

Anyway, as a public service , I present 'bestie':

https://thoughtcatalog.com/sydney-nikols/2012/06/5-different-kinds-of-besties/

[snippety snip snip]

-It’s less obvious, perhaps, that said bestie usually consists of at least five separate people who all hold the same, vague title. For those of you who are confused by this phenomenon, allow me to outline the different kinds of best friends that exist here in Lady Town.....


Edited by GregC (03/07/19 12:39 PM)
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#2979149 - 03/07/19 12:51 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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The Bestie Boys?


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#2979152 - 03/07/19 01:02 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: elsongs]
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The Bestie Boys?



that was almost my 1st thought.

This is why copyright is your friend. I hope they are collecting royalty every time 'bestie ' gets used
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#2979168 - 03/07/19 03:03 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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It's Millennial-speak for "best friend," which is not actually one's upper-tier BEST best friend. That title goes to one's BFF (Best Friend Forever).

Although, the definition of "forever" isn't exactly absolute...

Of course, the Millennial definition of "friend" doesn't actually equate to an actual friend, as a "friend" on social media is most likely someone you have never met in person. So basically it boils down to this translation:

MILLENNIAL ACTUAL
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"Friend" = Acquaintance
"Bestie" = (Close) Friend
"BFF" = Best Friend


Edited by elsongs (03/07/19 03:25 PM)

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#2979169 - 03/07/19 03:14 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: elsongs]
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Originally Posted By: elsongs
It's Millennial-speak for "best friend," which is not actually one's upper-tier BEST best friend. That title goes to one's BFF (Best Friend Forever).

Although, the definition of "forever" isn't exactly absolute...


thats good knowledge.

Origin here, I was in line at the store and two young ladies in front [ late 20's] were conversing about ' bestie coming to town, what should we do ? ' Then the chit chat went into shopping.

In my old male brain I deduced 'bestie ' was not ' ex boyfriend '. Since I thought I heard beastie.

I can see " Bestie " becoming a new keyboard name.
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#2979174 - 03/07/19 03:50 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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True. And when two people are such good inseparable besties, it is said that they share the same reality, and we call it a bestiality.
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#2979205 - 03/07/19 07:42 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: elsongs]
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Originally Posted By: elsongs
It's Millennial-speak......the definition of [which] isn't exactly absolute...


I don't believe anything is absolute to a Millennial.

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#2979206 - 03/07/19 07:46 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: o0Ampy0o]
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Or, some millenials are busting their asses in Engineering and Med School, very cognizant of the world they live in. Some of them can verbalize multiple sentences in a row without using the word "like" too.

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#2979207 - 03/07/19 07:48 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: wd8dky]
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Originally Posted By: wd8dky
Or, some millenials are busting their asses in Engineering and Med School, very cognizant of the world they live in. Some of them can verbalize multiple sentences in a row without using the word "like" too.


Like anything there are exceptions to everything.

Also I edited my post before you had posted.

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#2979221 - 03/07/19 09:46 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: o0Ampy0o]
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Originally Posted By: elsongs
It's Millennial-speak......the definition of [which] isn't exactly absolute...


I don't believe anything is absolute to a Millennial.


Actually, Millennials are VERY absolutist. They love hyperbole. Things like nuance don't exist in their reality. I mean, when they go out to eat, everything they eat has to be either the "BEST THING EVER!" or "WORST THING EVER!" -- at least that's what they write in their Yelp reviews.


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#2979255 - 03/08/19 07:30 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: wd8dky]
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Originally Posted By: wd8dky
Or, some millenials are busting their asses in Engineering and Med School, very cognizant of the world they live in. Some of them can verbalize multiple sentences in a row without using the word "like" too.


some are, for sure.

And some post a lot on FaceBook wink
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#2979258 - 03/08/19 07:34 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: elsongs]
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Originally Posted By: elsongs
Originally Posted By: o0Ampy0o
Originally Posted By: elsongs
It's Millennial-speak......the definition of [which] isn't exactly absolute...


I don't believe anything is absolute to a Millennial.


Actually, Millennials are VERY absolutist. They love hyperbole. Things like nuance don't exist in their reality. I mean, when they go out to eat, everything they eat has to be either the "BEST THING EVER!" or "WORST THING EVER!" -- at least that's what they write in their Yelp reviews.


one of my old man rants is the lack of interest in recent history [ by many age groups].

Lets say recent history for the past 40 - 50 years.

for many folks, it seems that the world began in 1990, as the Internet gained more traction and greater application
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#2979260 - 03/08/19 07:46 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Bobadohshe]
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Originally Posted By: Bobadohshe
True. And when two people are such good inseparable besties, it is said that they share the same reality, and we call it a bestiality.


LOL. that is a clever turn of vocabulary in a wicked way. smile
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#2979269 - 03/08/19 09:03 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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Always interesting to see comments on new slang and expressions in the US. Some of them get adopted in Brazil (BFF is used a lot but I haven't seen Bestie yet, although I was familiar with it), and some are only adopted in higher social classes (for example through watching netflix and other programs in the original languague - English).

At one point I had some British friends and picked some of their slang and expression, and then got looks of bewilderment when I used them with US folks.
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#2979407 - 03/09/19 05:07 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: elsongs]
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Originally Posted By: elsongs
Originally Posted By: o0Ampy0o
Originally Posted By: elsongs
It's Millennial-speak......the definition of [which] isn't exactly absolute...


I don't believe anything is absolute to a Millennial.


Actually, Millennials are VERY absolutist. They love hyperbole. Things like nuance don't exist in their reality. I mean, when they go out to eat, everything they eat has to be either the "BEST THING EVER!" or "WORST THING EVER!" -- at least that's what they write in their Yelp reviews.

That is hyperbole. Different than being absolute. You can jump up and down insisting something is something. It is not making it absolute. That is adding drama. Hyperbole is drama. In the context of language and choice of words nothing is definitive. A word will be used whether it is the one that means what they think or not. And they will justify it by describing how it is used in a wrong or right way as though it does not matter as much as the frequency in which it has been used one particular way.

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#2979411 - 03/09/19 06:09 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: o0Ampy0o]
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Originally Posted By: o0Ampy0o
Originally Posted By: elsongs
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[quote=elsongs]It's Millennial-speak......the definition of [which] isn't exactly absolute...


I don't believe anything is absolute to a Millennial.


Actually, Millennials are VERY absolutist. They love hyperbole. Things like nuance don't exist in their reality. I mean, when they go out to eat, everything they eat has to be either the "BEST THING EVER!" or "WORST THING EVER!" -- at least that's what they write in their Yelp reviews.

That is hyperbole. Different than being absolute. You can jump up and down insisting something is something. It is not making it absolute. That is adding drama. Hyperbole is drama. In the context of language and choice of words nothing is definitive. A word will be used whether it is the one that means what they think or not. And they will justify it by describing how it is used in a wrong or right way as though it does not matter as much as the frequency in which it has been used one particular way. [/quote]

I don't have much problem with general statements or assertions of 'what is '.

Millennials are constantly defined and discussed in a demographic and marketing context.
They are a significant group of consumers as co's market to them.

I think media has shown that quirkiness or drama or whatever its called gets attention.
Plus everybody has an opinion about this or that.

I have a zen attitude- 2 things, seeming opposite, can be equally true.
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#2979421 - 03/09/19 06:43 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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2 things, seeming opposite, can be equally true.


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#2979423 - 03/09/19 07:12 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: o0Ampy0o]
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Originally Posted By: o0Ampy0o

That is hyperbole. Different than being absolute.
In the spirit of being pedantic(1), shouldn't that be "Different from being absolute"?(2)

(1) I looked for a noun that describes "being pedantic", but the online dictionary suggested "pedanticalness", which was just a little too silly looking for me.

(2) Yes, I know that convention is to put punctuation inside the close quote, but it has always seemed to me that the inside of quotes should be reserved for quoted punctuation. I guess that makes me different than from other writers.
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#2979471 - 03/09/19 12:04 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Tom Williams]
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Originally Posted By: o0Ampy0o

That is hyperbole. Different than being absolute.
In the spirit of being pedantic(1), shouldn't that be "Different from being absolute"?(2)

(1) I looked for a noun that describes "being pedantic", but the online dictionary suggested "pedanticalness", which was just a little too silly looking for me.

(2) Yes, I know that convention is to put punctuation inside the close quote, but it has always seemed to me that the inside of quotes should be reserved for quoted punctuation. I guess that makes me different than from other writers.

roll you are a funny guy truly one of my favorites here.

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#2979479 - 03/09/19 12:46 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: o0Ampy0o]
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All this bestie-ality seems immoral to me. But then i still believe in right and wrong.

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#2979482 - 03/09/19 01:00 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Jr. Deluxe]
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All this bestie-ality seems immoral to me. But then i still believe in right and wrong.


and its downhill from here- see goat yoga topic
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#2979491 - 03/09/19 03:09 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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I couldn't understand the mystery here surrounding the term "bestie" which, if we going to use labels, dates back to Gen X here. I checked the Australian authorative dictionary, the Macquarie dictionary and found "bestie" was added to the 5th edition published in 2009. Macquarie don't add new words until the meaning is generally accepted and in wide spread use so "bestie" would have been around from at least as far back as 2005.
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#2979506 - 03/09/19 04:52 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Markay]
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I couldn't understand the mystery here surrounding the term "bestie" which, if we going to use labels, dates back to Gen X here. I checked the Australian authorative dictionary, the Macquarie dictionary and found "bestie" was added to the 5th edition published in 2009. Macquarie don't add new words until the meaning is generally accepted and in wide spread use so "bestie" would have been around from at least as far back as 2005.


it is a mystery.

I tried to look up 'goat yoga' Macquarie and got
"Sorry
We could not find "goat yoga" in the Dictionary. "

huh
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#2979693 - 03/11/19 11:18 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Markay]
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Originally Posted By: Markay
I couldn't understand the mystery here surrounding the term "bestie" which, if we going to use labels, dates back to Gen X here. I checked the Australian authorative dictionary, the Macquarie dictionary and found "bestie" was added to the 5th edition published in 2009. Macquarie don't add new words until the meaning is generally accepted and in wide spread use so "bestie" would have been around from at least as far back as 2005.

Well, Australian slang has always had differences with American Slang, much less with British English though.

I had an Aussie professor in the US who used to finish phrases often with 'and then you're home and hosed'. He had to explain that to all of us, Americans and foreigners included. He had some other funny ones which I don't recall.
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#2979789 - 03/12/19 04:46 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Rod S]
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Originally Posted By: Markay
I couldn't understand the mystery here surrounding the term "bestie" which, if we going to use labels, dates back to Gen X here. I checked the Australian authorative dictionary, the Macquarie dictionary and found "bestie" was added to the 5th edition published in 2009. Macquarie don't add new words until the meaning is generally accepted and in wide spread use so "bestie" would have been around from at least as far back as 2005.

Well, Australian slang has always had differences with American Slang, much less with British English though.

I had an Aussie professor in the US who used to finish phrases often with 'and then you're home and hosed'. He had to explain that to all of us, Americans and foreigners included. He had some other funny ones which I don't recall.


No doubt he was as dry as a dead donkey's donga at the end of each lecture.

I think our love for slang derives from our convict legacy which was disproportionately repesented by Cockneys. Interestingly "home and hosed" is English slang that we have adopted for a horse that is so far ahead it has won and is back in its stable and hosed down before the others have finished the race.
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#2979863 - 03/12/19 12:20 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Markay]
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FWIW, Mayim Bialik's Big Bang Theory character, Amy Farrah Fowler, has been referring to Kaley Cuoco's character, Penny, as her "bestie" for the better part of a decade now (beginning shortly after Bialik's character joined BBT in 2010). The cast of that popular show spans the Gen X/Millennial bridge.

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#2979898 - 03/12/19 06:35 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Markay]
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Originally Posted By: Markay
Originally Posted By: Rod S
Originally Posted By: Markay
I couldn't understand the mystery here surrounding the term "bestie" which, if we going to use labels, dates back to Gen X here. I checked the Australian authorative dictionary, the Macquarie dictionary and found "bestie" was added to the 5th edition published in 2009. Macquarie don't add new words until the meaning is generally accepted and in wide spread use so "bestie" would have been around from at least as far back as 2005.

Well, Australian slang has always had differences with American Slang, much less with British English though.

I had an Aussie professor in the US who used to finish phrases often with 'and then you're home and hosed'. He had to explain that to all of us, Americans and foreigners included. He had some other funny ones which I don't recall.


No doubt he was as dry as a dead donkey's donga at the end of each lecture.

Sounds like his students were a little slow around the scrum base.

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#2980000 - 03/13/19 02:27 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: CowboyNQ]
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I've learned quite a few slang expressions in the past 10 years; comes with the territory of being a piano teacher for ages 6 - 70. "BA" gave me pause for a few moments though. Then there was the first time I heard, "Netflix and Chill"...
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#2980062 - 03/14/19 06:35 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: allan_evett]
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The most curious one I've heard in the past years in Brazil is PA. Slightly NSFW but kept the language clean.

PA means 'friendly d**k'. Lot of single young woman in their 30s/early 40s just want a friend with benefits for an occasional booty call.

Always amazes me a little bit the number of young woman here in Brazil in this age bracket that have given up long term relationships. Live alone, have nice jobs, active social life, but no interest in long term relationships with a significant other (or so they say, but besides the point and their business). And now they have their PA.
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#2980068 - 03/14/19 07:14 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Rod S]
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Originally Posted By: Rod S
The most curious one I've heard in the past years in Brazil is PA. Slightly NSFW but kept the language clean.

PA means 'friendly d**k'. Lot of single young woman in their 30s/early 40s just want a friend with benefits for an occasional booty call.

Always amazes me a little bit the number of young woman here in Brazil in this age bracket that have given up long term relationships. Live alone, have nice jobs, active social life, but no interest in long term relationships with a significant other (or so they say, but besides the point and their business). And now they have their PA.


Such is the 'dating ' world, I think. A divorced 45 yr old keyboard buddy is trying to meet someone. It seems impossible .

I recall being single 18 yrs ago and it was nuts back then.
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#2980075 - 03/14/19 08:11 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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The last example of growth of American English I heard is "super super" and it has transferred over to the UK.
Talk about pissing in the wind and getting it back in your face!

I am appalled at the lack of vocabulary that someone has that they have to repeat something in that fashion.
It is superceded only by "super cool" -Christ on a bike, can't they come up with a tad more descriptive language deadhorse
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#2980144 - 03/14/19 04:07 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Losendoskeys]
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I am an English language mentor (on a volunteer basis) to new arrivals in Australia. The thrust of the mentoring is not around understanding grammar and syntax per se, but more in relation to being able to speak and comprehend conversational Australian English. The theory being this will lead to faster social inclusion and better employment opportunities.

Many of the people I have worked with come here with quite a reasonable "book knowledge" of the language, but with little ability to use it functionally in conversation. The texts they are learning from are often too rigid and a little anachronistic.

I'm often discussing the differences between British, American and Australian English with them, it's a lot of fun and quite fascinating.

FWIW most of my students find Americans (via TV shows) far easier to understand than Aussies. Generalising of course but this is because, our unusual accent aside, we tend to drawl and are lazy with our articulation of consonants. There are also quite a few words that Americans tend to pronounce more phonetically and logically.

Many Aussies also seed their conversation with colloquialisms (which differ dependent upon age and sex) and are very fond of metaphor, simile and dry humour. At first blush, this is quite confronting for folks who have English as a second language.

All of the above said, I feel that when considering conversational English, it's misleading to say "American English" and "British English" because there are so many significant regional variations within those countries. We have regional dialects too but you have to have a very good ear and have travelled quite a bit to pick them. Most Aussies can't, and foreigners definitely can't. They're "flat out" understanding us in the first place!

TL;DR - my vicarious experience is that American English (as we experience it here) is quite a bit nicer to deal with than Australian English for those coming to grips with the language as a learner.

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#2980195 - 03/15/19 04:21 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Originally Posted By: CowboyNQ
Many of the people I have worked with come here with quite a reasonable "book knowledge" of the language, but with little ability to use it functionally in conversation. The texts they are learning from are often too rigid and a little anachronistic.

I'm often discussing the differences between British, American and Australian English with them, it's a lot of fun and quite fascinating.

FWIW most of my students find Americans (via TV shows) far easier to understand than Aussies. Generalising of course but this is because, our unusual accent aside, we tend to drawl and are lazy with our articulation of consonants. There are also quite a few words that Americans tend to pronounce more phonetically and logically.

I went to the US when I was 18 having studied English since I was 8, and had gone to an American high school in Brazil. I had no problem writing and speaking in English, but had trouble with day to day conversation initially. No idea of slang, idiomatic expression, and such. This was 1990, and there wasn't as much exposure to language such as Netflix and TV shows in General in Brazil, but still. It must have been entertaining to interact with me.

My wife, when she was interviewing for Google, had a video interview with an Australian. She almost panicked.

Originally Posted By: CowboyNQ
All of the above said, I feel that when considering conversational English, it's misleading to say "American English" and "British English" because there are so many significant regional variations within those countries. We have regional dialects too but you have to have a very good ear and have travelled quite a bit to pick them. Most Aussies can't, and foreigners definitely can't. They're "flat out" understanding us in the first place!


Well, the more you look into an individual country's language the more differences you see. A British person once showed me 3-4 different London 'dialects'. But I still feel there is a significant difference between US and UK to make a general distinction. But interesting point about less differences between Australian English.

As a Brazilian, I don't see a huge difference in Portuguese from the different regions, less than I see in American English (which is not that big, IMHO, either). But, you can typically spot where they are from, and it's more a case of pronunciation than dialect. You really have to go North to small towns to really start stumbling on different local idiomatic expressions. Portuguese from Portugal is interesting - It seems that folks from the big cities I can understand, but I've had problems understanding folks from small towns. Then there's Portuguese spoke in the former African colonies, and that's where the trouble starts..

I find these differences fascinating and it's always interesting to talk to people all over the world and learn these subtleties, thanks for sharing.

On a side note, I was surprised when I went to Valencia, Spain, 2 years ago. There were signs that read a lot like Catalan (which I'm familiar with), but reading up on it, it was Valencian. Apparently not much difference between the two (Valencian is a dialect of Catalan, apparently), but there was a strong regional pride of their local language. (Spanish folks please feel free to correct me!)

To wrap up - I'm responsible for Latin America for my company, and have to make slight language adjustments between Argentina, Chile and Mexico Spanish (and probably make more mistakes than I think I do)
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#2980275 - 03/15/19 03:48 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Rod S]
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Originally Posted By: Rod S
I had an Aussie professor in the US who used to finish phrases often with 'and then you're home and hosed'.
When I first saw that, I thought it meant you're home and have had a sufficient amount of beer to be thoroughly intoxicated.

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#2980277 - 03/15/19 03:53 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: El Lobo]
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I knew an Italian man who had trouble with American English idioms. He couldn't understand the phrase "pretty ugly" and he mixed up "piece of pie" and "easy as cake" as expressions of something being easy or quick to do. I still say those because I think they're more interesting ways of saying things.

It was easy as cake. No problem, it was a piece of pie.

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#2980292 - 03/15/19 06:17 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: El Lobo]
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I lived in UK once for 6 months, incredibly different version of english is spoken there. they utilize none of my SoCal slang and I of course knew none of theirs.

I learned that brilliant can be applied to most any positive expression or emotion, cheers has almost as many positive meanings as aloha, and despite all of my consumed tv and movie education that a socal kid might be exposed to, one doesn't wander about calling women strangers "love" unless they want to be laughed at.

I also learned that the further from London a person was sired, the less intelligible they became to me. eventually they either got to the far north or west to Wales where I couldn't understand them at all.

two more tips for my continental amigos - if a noun which names something has more than 3 syllables, start dropping the middle syllables. Drop as many as you need to in order to get to 3 (usually). Leicestershire is pronounced Lestershire. Aficionados of Worcestershire sauce subconsciously know this - its "worstershire sauce".

Second, if you find a "W" somewhere in the middle of an item's name - odds are very high it is silent. ex: Warwick is pronounced "Warrick"

oh, one more - i discovered the average mechanic and bar server was better educated and more articulate than my college graduate friends in the US. don't act snooty if you wander over with a US degree ... its less impressive than one might hope.


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#2980704 - 03/19/19 05:16 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: MotiDave]
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Originally Posted By: MotiDave
two more tips for my continental amigos - if a noun which names something has more than 3 syllables, start dropping the middle syllables. Drop as many as you need to in order to get to 3 (usually). Leicestershire is pronounced Lestershire. Aficionados of Worcestershire sauce subconsciously know this - its "worstershire sauce".

That's a pretty funny and accurate (from a foreigner's perpective) explanation.

I was on a train station with my wife several ago in London (going to some town outside which I can't remember), when she asked some nice older gentleman for information on which train to get, and she mispronounced the city. He pretended not to understand her, and she kept getting more and more frustrated. I could tell he was pulling her leg, and I was trying not to laugh. He finally opened a smile and corrected her. We had a nice chat afterwards. British humour is different, but once you get it, it's a blast. I enjoy my time in the UK every single time.

Originally Posted By: MotiDave
oh, one more - i discovered the average mechanic and bar server was better educated and more articulate than my college graduate friends in the US. don't act snooty if you wander over with a US degree ... its less impressive than one might hope.

I hate to sound like an asshole, but most americans act snooty and pompous where abroad, regardless of the situation. I met Americans while traveling in over 20 different countries, from different US states, and the attitude is pretty common.

I lived in the US a lot of +10 years, and know this is not the attitude in the US, but abroad... wow.

That being said, a lot of Brazilians act like idiots (whether thinking they are smart, or whatever) when they are abroad. I stay away from my kind... (seriously). I'm fortunate on having lived in US, Europe and LA and can hopefully pick the best aspects of each culture to shape my actions and attitudes.
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#2980766 - 03/19/19 11:09 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Rod S]
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Rod you probably should re-read that post with your “irony” hat on.

I’ve bumped into plenty of US and Brazilian folk in my extensive travels within my own country and have found them, almost without exception, to be very agreeable and friendly.

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#2980770 - 03/19/19 11:24 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: El Lobo]
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Originally Posted By: El Lobo
I knew an Italian man who had trouble with American English idioms.

I had a Swiss friend who at some point during his time in the US had heard and misunderstood someone saying that he'd gotten laid. He thought the saying was "I got late last night", as in he was out later than normal, and he adopted it into his English repertoire. He would say this at often inappropriate times and it was pretty dammed funny.
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#2980773 - 03/19/19 11:26 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: MotiDave]
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Originally Posted By: MotiDave


Second, if you find a "W" somewhere in the middle of an item's name - odds are very high it is silent. ex: Warwick is pronounced "Warrick"

That's true in New England as well. I used to live in "Warrick", Rhode Island.
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#2980787 - 03/19/19 12:27 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Rod S]
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Originally Posted By: Rod S
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. I'm fortunate on having lived in US, Europe and LA and can hopefully pick the best aspects of each culture to shape my actions and attitudes.


I am not normally a nit picker but I find it amusing how you inferred LA is a separate country. [ I don't believe LA is Louisiana.

Lets check in with our fellow Angelenos. Is LA a country separate from the US ?
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#2980792 - 03/19/19 12:45 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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LA == Lesser Antilles? idk
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#2980801 - 03/19/19 01:25 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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Originally Posted By: GregC

I am not normally a nit picker but I find it amusing how you inferred LA is a separate country. [ I don't believe LA is Louisiana.

Lets check in with our fellow Angelenos. Is LA a country separate from the US ?
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LA - Latin America. You get used to certain acronyms that you type without noticing! Most multinational companies bunch both south and central america as LA, which I use the term often...
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#2980802 - 03/19/19 01:37 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: CowboyNQ]
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Originally Posted By: CowboyNQ
Rod you probably should re-read that post with your “irony” hat on.

I’ve bumped into plenty of US and Brazilian folk in my extensive travels within my own country and have found them, almost without exception, to be very agreeable and friendly.


There was a sarcasm to my comment, but your comment and mine and are not mutually exclusive. You can be friendly and still act superior, which I was alluding. And Brazilian's are friendly as hell; and still think you're naive and a fool.

Also, as I Australian, you're not exposed to the folks acting superior when they know your nationality, which is the case when you're from certain countries (plus I consider Australians extremely easy going and friendly in general, so you're biased...LOL).

My English is good enough that I can pass by an American that's been an expatriate for so long he's mixing in foreign accents, and I've played this game a few times, without fail - different attitudes everytime.

YMMV

And I'm glad you had good experiences. So have I.
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#2980816 - 03/19/19 02:41 PM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Wastrel]
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Originally Posted By: Wastrel
LA == Lesser Antilles? idk


Los Alamos ? Latvian Airport ?
[practicing selective reading]
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#2980939 - 03/20/19 07:11 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: GregC]
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Originally Posted By: Wastrel
LA == Lesser Antilles? idk


Los Alamos ? Latvian Airport ?
[practicing selective reading]

One time I was sitting in a bar in Memphis and the locals spotted me as an outlander - probably because I wasn't wearing a NASCAR hat - and the guy next to me asked
Where y'all from?
LA
Shreveport?
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#2980941 - 03/20/19 07:20 AM Re: OT: New [to me] Word of the day; bestie [Re: Wastrel]
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Originally Posted By: GregC
Originally Posted By: Wastrel
LA == Lesser Antilles? idk


Los Alamos ? Latvian Airport ?
[practicing selective reading]

One time I was sitting in a bar in Memphis and the locals spotted me as an outlander - probably because I wasn't wearing a NASCAR hat - and the guy next to me asked
Where y'all from?
LA
Shreveport?


back in the days when I travelled for business in our states, I got the same question. and replied " San Francisco " . Half the time folks raved about the City and the other half recoiled from my presence, made the stereotypical remarks. . Attitudes are often set in stone.
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