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Message  MurielB le Sam 3 Mai - 22:43

Hi Gérard everyone !
I knew about the word "underdog" but i didn't know that the"top dog" was the leader or the favourite. Thanks for teaching me.

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Message  gerardM le Dim 4 Mai - 13:41

Muriel,

Do you think both expressions come after greyhound races that are/were appreciated in the UK?

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Message  MurielB le Dim 4 Mai - 21:48

Hi Gérard !
I have just read that
"Top dog" and "Under dog" come  from the sport of dog fighting. In a dogfight, the winner usually ends up on top, while the loser ends up on the ground

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Message  MurielB le Dim 4 Mai - 22:26

Gérard a écrit:In English, there are several words (like in French) - I tried to set them in the order of increaasing intimacy:
- peck
- smooch / kissie
- kiss
- tongy or tonguy (I don't know well)... possibly Aussie teenagers' language
- French kiss
We have talked about "American greetings "in "American culture". Gérard mentioned the different words for "Kiss" which I have copied here.

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Message  gerardM le Lun 5 Mai - 19:35

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to point out that "big" is usually understood as "gros" by French beginners.

Big doesn't mean gros: it's far more than this and the French meaning corresponds to the English fat.
Big has got several meanings... I'd say in all of the directions.

For example when people haven't seen a baby for long, they say it's a big boy/girl while the French say "grand": don't say "tall" unless it grew like an asparagus Wink .

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Message  MurielB le Lun 5 Mai - 20:16

Hi Gérard, everyone
I have found funny and interesting expressions with "big"
A big cheese= A very important person
To be in big trouble= You have a lot of problems
Here are more
http://www.goenglish.com/Idioms/Big.asp




A Big Fish In A Small Pond »
(one who succeeds in a small area where there is little competition...)


A Big Frog In A Small Pond »
(one who succeeds in a small area where there is little competition...)


Get A Big Send Off »
(a big party to celebrate that you are leaving; a going-away party...)


Go Over Big With Someone »
(they really liked it...)


Have A Big Mouth »
(that person talks a lot about other people...)


No Big Deal »
(it is okay; it doesn't matter; it is not important...)


The Big Moment »
(The time that you have been waiting for...)


A Little Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing »
(people who have only a little knowledge about something often make big mistakes because they think they know more than they actually know...)


Batten Down The Hatches »
(prepare for a big storm...)


Better Safe Than Sorry »
(it is better to be careful than to risk making a big mistake...)


Bite Off More Than One Can Chew »
(accept a responsibility which is too big...)


Biting Off More Than You Can Chew »
(taking on a challenge that is too big...)


Foul Up »
(make a big error...)


Get Off Easy »
(one did something wrong but did not receive a big punishment...)


Get Off Lightly »
(one did something wrong but did not get a big punishment...)


In Deep Water »
(in trouble; having big problems that are difficult to solve...)


Loaded For Bear »
(ready for a big fight...)


No Pain, No Gain »
(you must work hard if you want big results...)


Pie In The Sky »
(a big idea which is impossible to make real...)


Square Meal »
(a big, healthy meal...)


Take Effect »
(big to have a result or reaction...)


Take Someone Or Something By Storm »
(arrive with a big noise and lots of activity...)


The Best Laid Schemes Of Mice And Men »
(good plans can go bad; big plans that people make and fill with hopes and dreams...)


Thunder »
(the sound that comes from big clouds in the sky, often after flash of lightning or during rain...)


Work Wonders With Someone Or Something »
(Make a big improvement...)



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Message  gerardM le Mar 27 Mai - 22:26

Hi everyone,

I tend to claim that English language as more words than French... Okay it depends on the domain (some domain are specifically French such as law, cooking...) but an English-French dictionary is thicker on the English side and English sentences are shorter due to specific words instead of FRench expressions...

An example is the French word "terre".
In place of this word, English people can use, according to the context:
- Earth
- soil
- land
- ground
- dirt
- field
- estate
- terra
- shore
- world
- clay
I might exaggerate a bit... to be fair, to the French "terre", I should add "champ, terrain, sol, rive, etc."

For "enterrer", the English can be: to bury, to inter, to shelve (fig.)
For "déterrer", the English can be: to unearth, to dig up, to exhume.

As usual, we French cannot use any of the words because they are used in specific cases that we have to learn scratch As I often write, true synonyms are scarse/rare.
Look: despite Krystyna's explanations and the dictionary I still don't understand the subtle differences between scarce and rare Laughing

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Message  MurielB le Mar 27 Mai - 22:46

scarce and rare
I agree, it's difficult to understand the subtleties
>Rare is not common
>scarce : there is not very much of it.  scratch 
An emerald is rare. Is it scarce ? I don't think so.

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Message  gerardM le Mer 28 Mai - 23:12

Hi everyone,

There are words that are regional.

A word that is frequently needed in conversation is "to think" (FR "penser").

In the United States, instead of think, they often use "guess".
US (suppose) supposer; (believe, think) penser, croire; I guess (that) what he says is true je suppose que ce qu'il dit est vrai; I guess (that) I must be going now il faut que je m'en aille maintenant; ‘he's right, you know’—‘I guess so’ ‘il a raison, tu sais’—‘oui, je suppose’; ‘you can't be sure’—‘I guess not’ ‘tu ne peux pas être sûr’—‘non, effectivement’.

In Australia, instead of think, they often use "reckon"; reckon exists in British English but in Oz it's used more often; for example, you could often hear "What'ya reckon?" (instead of what do you think?).
( Australian Slang )

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Message  MurielB le Mer 28 Mai - 23:29


In Australia, instead of think, they often use "reckon";
Thanks Gérard, I didn't know !

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Message  gerardM le Dim 8 Juin - 0:28

Hi there.

This morning, I heard that JEEP was an acronym but I don't remember.

As I'm trying to find out on Internet, I read:
- it's not an acronym (Wikipedia) but a backronym ie made up afterwards.
JEEP would come from GP-Government Purpose which led to the pronounced 2 letters as JEEP
- as usual, EMTs love to play with the words and we can find oodles of funny backronyms such as:
--- Just Empty Every Pocket
--- Just Enough Education to Perform
--- Just Eats Every Part
--- Just Expect Every Problem
--- Joint Emergency Evacuation Plan
--- Just Enough Essential Parts (that's what I heard this moring from teh radio)
--- Justice, Economy, Environment, and Peace
--- Joseph Ejercito Estrada for President
--- etc
LOL tons of meanings!!

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Message  Tregouet le Mer 11 Juin - 12:21

They use reckon in the south of the US quite often.
Reckon y'all ain't from around here ;-)

As for guess/think/suppose, you could say that I guess versus I think has more to do with the amount of doubt, to say "I guess so" has an almost questioning tone to it, or apathy.


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Message  gerardM le Mer 11 Juin - 15:48

Hi Tregouet,

Thanks for your words.
"To guess", "to reckon" and "to think" exist in English and are used in the UK, in the States, in Oz but what I wanted to point out was that they didn't have exactly the same meaning.
- to guess, in the States, is more used than in the UK, even with the simple meaning of "to think" or "to believe" or let's say a Brit would say "I think that..." when an American would say "I guess that..."
- to reckon, in Australia, is more used than in the UK, even with the simple meaning of "to think" or "to believe" or let's say a Brit would say "What do you think?" while an Aussie would say "What d'ya reckon?".

PS: Of course, feel free to criticize and comment on my mistakes.

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Message  gerardM le Jeu 12 Juin - 23:32

Hi Tregouet,

Similarly to what I wrote in [Am.English] American culture
Hi Tregouet,

I think I opened this thread.

The title "American culture" was chosen for French readers... of course, there is not only one "American culture" and as you are a member of the forum, I regret this title: in this thread, I just wanted to point out some American features that would surprise French people and that they have to ba aware of.
I must say that you might be in disagreement with what was written in the prensent topic...
As you know, English taught in France is way too simple and the French are not good at English. If we spoke a language as it is taught (too close to perfect grammar), we would be a bit rediculous.
In this thread, I wanted to point out our schoolish English was far from spoken language: here too, my title was not the best one Sad


Again, feel free to disagree with what I wrote.

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Message  gerardM le Mar 29 Juil - 23:36

Hi everyone,

I'm posting in this thread not because it's really "True English" but because I learned something recently that I want to share with you all.

My New-Zealander cousin was discussing with another EMT and I could catch "I'm rearing to meet you!".
As I didn't know this expression well (I thought Iunderstood by the context), I searched information.

- "I'm rearing to meet you" is correct and I had understood correctly: it's close to "I'm looking forward to meeting you!"
- it refers to a horse that gets up on his back legs and who can be said wanting to do something
- if noun and adjective "rear" are pronounced rI@(r), in "rearing" the "i" is not heard and is rather pronounced rerIN but I've got French ears which means that I might be wrong.

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Message  gerardM le Jeu 28 Aoû - 15:31

Hi evryone,

A stupid challenge around me these days!

It consists in receiving a large bucket full of ice (and icy water) on the head and body, in filming and posting on Facebook.
Then you challenge other persons to do so withing 24 hours.

Did thoust challenge me to an Ice Bucket Alison? I's accept! As well as doing this challenge, I'm also donating to ALS (or MND), and I encourage you all to do the same. I nominate Suzanne Clancy Jack Miller (I said Tom in the video - I meant his brother Razz) Natàlia Costa Cano and all you Perpenders! You guys have 24 hours!

Funny?

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Message  MurielB le Jeu 28 Aoû - 22:15

very stupid and dangerous challenge indeed

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Message  gerardM le Jeu 28 Aoû - 22:47

Let me introduce my great-nephew to you -> https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152336641307469&set=vb.632197468

... and his family through the comments; they are expecting my great-niece to join (it's his mother who challenged Matt)... as you can see, it's not a teenage gamble! scratch

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Message  MurielB le Ven 29 Aoû - 21:47

Thanks for the video  Gérard !
I rings a bell for me and makes me think about what's also happening in Calais
http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/nord-pas-de-calais/2014/05/27/facebook-jetez-vous-l-eau-le-nouveau-defi-la-mode-made-cote-d-opale-486241.html

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Message  gerardM le Ven 29 Aoû - 23:19

Hi Muriel,

Thanks for the link between my great-nephew's event and happenings in Calais... for once, water is not cold in Calais (14°C compared to 0°C) Wink

For sure it's less stupid than drinking alcohol!

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Message  MurielB le Sam 30 Aoû - 21:35

Yes Gérard, people can't prevent themselves from seeking sensations. of course sport is better than alcohol !

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Message  gerardM le Dim 31 Aoû - 0:06

... unless they drink 5 or 6 drinks to get warm after the cold bucket Smile

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Message  MurielB le Mar 16 Sep - 13:47

First of all you must know that your Steak comes from a cow which is beef
You can have it practically raw (just seared on each side), rare (bloody or oozing with blood), medium rare (pink), medium, well done, charred which is a slang term for burnt to a crisp.
Of course a beef tenderloin is very good and it is a shame when it is burnt to a crisp. The Americans tend to cook their meat a bit more. To each their own of course !
A beef tenderloin, known as an eye fillet in New Zealand and Australia, fillet in South Africa[1] and the UK, filet in France and Germany, is cut from the loin of beef.

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Message  gerardM le Mar 25 Nov - 23:08

Pls notice the way they write their dates in the UK.
(US would have written "Monday December 1")

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Message  MurielB le Mer 26 Nov - 22:22

Gérard it 's interesting to see the way they write dates in England and US. I am always confused about that Rolling Eyes

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