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    Had an exchange student from the UK working with me one summer. He rented a room from a nice lady. He left fairly early for work and one day she asked if he would make sure she was up the next morning so she wouldn’t miss an appointment. He replied he would be happy to “knock her up” in morning.

    I have a friend who is known as Randy in Canada, but Ralph in England. I guess it’s OK to be Randy in Canada, but it’s frowned on in the UK.
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    Always makes me laugh when I see the name Cory as the word over hear is slang for... ahem... your little fella...

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    Quote Originally Posted by STF View Post
    When I first got to Canada from England half of what i said meant nothing to the locals.

    My shopping went in the boot, my engine was under the bonnet.

    I asked for a spanner and got blank looks, mole grips caused general hilarity and if you need to go don't even think of asking where the loo is unless your not in any hurry. I still don't know what Stilsons are called here.

    Am I the only person in N America that has a tow ball on their car?

    Asking my wife why she had a strop on or asking why she had the hump would usually make my Canadian wife smile.

    I went to Niagara Falls when I first got here and went to a restaurant, sat out on the patio and ordered pizza and chips from the menu. They bought pizza and a packet of crisps. I thought at the time, what do you have to do to get a plate of chips here, draw pictures?

    I still have to translate some of the things that are said on Coronation Street for my neighbor and the Full Monty was a complete mystery to some of my American friends.

    I can't tell you how many times I went to get something only to be told I don't have enough because the tax was extra. What the hell is that all about, why can't the tax be included in the shelf price like it is in the UK or petrol here?

    One last question, Why is 10c smaller than 5c. That's is not the way my head works and even now sometimes makes me look like a tourist when I try to pay with the right change.
    I believe at least here in the states, it's called a 'Pipe Wrench'--

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    I went to Community College (trade school in the UK) with a Canadian and he used the term 'American chips' for 'Chips' and 'French Chips' for 'French Fries'. He also wouldn't dip a French Chip in Ketchup, but he would use a squeeze container of ketchup to put a line down the chip and then eat it.

    I have no idea about the cc thing. Kind of like diamond paste.

    Update: I was just reading an online article about how they used a new formula to figure out how big the ancient Mega sharks were and besides feet and yards the article said that they were as long as a 'cricket pitch'. I had to look that one up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STF View Post
    When I first got to Canada from England half of what i said meant nothing to the locals.
    My wife arrived from Scotland to teach in B.C. in the late 60s. All kinds of amusment. In the UK, what Canadians call an eraser is referred to as a rubber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by welshwizard View Post
    My wife arrived from Scotland to teach in B.C. in the late 60s. All kinds of amusment. In the UK, what Canadians call an eraser is referred to as a rubber.
    HaHa I had forgotten that
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    Quote Originally Posted by cudarunner View Post
    I believe at least here in the states, it's called a 'Pipe Wrench'--

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    I went to Community College (trade school in the UK) with a Canadian and he used the term 'American chips' for 'Chips' and 'French Chips' for 'French Fries'. He also wouldn't dip a French Chip in Ketchup, but he would use a squeeze container of ketchup to put a line down the chip and then eat it.

    I have no idea about the cc thing. Kind of like diamond paste.

    Update: I was just reading an online article about how they used a new formula to figure out how big the ancient Mega sharks were and besides feet and yards the article said that they were as long as a 'cricket pitch'. I had to look that one up.
    I was talking about a 10 cent piece being smaller than a 5 cent piece, it's kind of counter intuitive to me.

    Pipe wrench makes sense. So, over here you just call it what it is, a pipe wrench for pipes, do you all get your hair cut at a hair cutters

    Actually, while you are helping with what I should call things on N America, I've been looking for a metric screwdriver for ages, should have bought mine from England. What are they called so I can ask for one.
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    My left-handed hammer finally gave up the ghost, so I need a new one.

    I am having a lot of trouble, what are they called here, and where can I get one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by STF View Post
    My left-handed hammer finally gave up the ghost, so I need a new one.

    I am having a lot of trouble, what are they called here, and where can I get one?
    Take a look here

    https://www.cbc.ca/archives/at-this-...hind-1.5266299
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    Quote Originally Posted by STF View Post
    My left-handed hammer finally gave up the ghost, so I need a new one.

    I am having a lot of trouble, what are they called here, and where can I get one?
    No idea what they are called here but I figured that they'd be in the same isle as the metric screwdrivers-----------
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