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Screaming at this list of “most American” and “most British” words (“Pus” is percent of US people who recognize the word, “Puk” is percent of UK people)

Take one word from each side to find your Star Wars name. I’m Quango Garbanzo

@prehensile The only word I know from the left column is kwanza and I only know that from Futurama.

@stolas meanwhile the only words on the right I can confidently define are biro and kerbside and the second one is just a different spelling

Can’t believe you don’t have provolone! That’s one of the main cheeses

@stolas @prehensile they're mostly food loanwords from other languages--there's several kinds of Italian pasta there--but also a couple of generic drug names for some reason

i don't recognize like, any of the British words lmao

@RussellsBarbershopQuartet @stolas @prehensile

"Acetaminophen" has one great advantage over "paracetamol" as a word : if you put the stress in the right place, it sounds like the name of a Pharaoh.

@prehensile I regret to inform you all the words on the right are real

@avie @prehensile to gazump is when you make a higher offer on a house than somebody else that had already been accepted and get it and a pelmet is the frilly thing for your curtains that covers the curtain rail

@prehensile oh yeah. "quango" also. that one is definitely some Dr Seuss bs

@avie @prehensile Quango is a contraction. In full, it's quasi non governmental organisation. Those are organisations that the government controls and has delegated power to, but can hide behind to avoid responsibility.

@prehensile why does this work so well
Yob Acetaminphen

@prehensile Pleased to meet you, I'm Sandlot Naff. Respectable used starship salesperson from Nar Shaddaa

@prehensile fascinating how this breaks down on a “where did you take this word from” axis. Lots of Italian and Latin American words on the left side, and bolshy right in the middle of the right side.

American here, I knew bolshy, yob and korma. Thank you clockwork orange, Indian restaurants, and Slade.

@prehensile Puk that recognizes "hibachi": 26%

Do ~74% of British simply not know of good food that comes from not-France???

@stolas First of all, you're thinking of "Hitachi," and secondly, they make more electronic devices than simply vibrators, including trains.

@bonzoesc @OchotonidKnight @stolas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamcas

"The Dreamcast's main CPU is a two-way 360 MIPS superscalar Hitachi SH-4 32-bit RISC[139] clocked at 200 MHz […]"

@sys64738 @bonzoesc @OchotonidKnight @stolas when i went to public school all of their projectors were hitachis

@xnx38h @bonzoesc @OchotonidKnight @stolas also the tiny microcontroller in the bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wik is a H8/300H, which had been designed by hitachi, but was by the time of the pokewalkers construction already been bought by renesas

@prehensile Seriously, like, half the items on the left column are food-related, and many of them I'd consider part of a *good* dinner.

@prehensile It's pretty funny that most of the words on the left are loanwords from other languages, and most of the words on the right are English slang. (And I bet more people in the US would recognize 'kerbside' if they'd spelled it 'curbside', pronounced the same.)

@prehensile is an escalope what you get when you cross escarole with an antelope?

also now I want korma

@prehensile Thanks; the challenge is to get as pany of the +Puk words as possible into your next conference call with Americans. Bonus points for phrases that are entirely harmless in the UK and offensive in the US.

@prehensile 99% of brits know what a "biro" is. what the fuck is a "biro"

@xnx38h @prehensile Writing on paper with biro's. And when it rains you need a brolly!
That's very naff, this linguistic soup with chipolata sausage.
You would rather not be called a yob.
I love the birdsong of a chaffinch.
Etc..
Funny I'm Belgian and I know words of both columns! The left column has quite a lot of food related words, from Italian and Spanish.

@prehensile It's interesting that most of the words on the left are a) foods, and b) not English.

@prehensile because I can’t convincingly fake any British accents at all I’m now amusing myself by alternating my native accent and my grandparents’ Brooklyn accents for *all* of these.

@gemlog At my advanced age I learn endive = chicory And now I know why I can't find treacle in supermarkets
Think I'll write to the Brits tonight

@gemlog I didn't read it yet. Is it enough to hold you for the next 4 hours that I like that you sent one?
My kid says his story is going to have CC pummel Senator Joseph McCarthy to save me from wingnut extremist you-know-whats

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