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(   Actual headline: "Army left fake bombs in hire car returned to Sydney's airport." Pretty sure it's English   ( divider line
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2013-01-07 01:50:06 PM  
6 votes:
Poor subby! let me translate that for you:

"Army left fake bombs in rental car returned to Sydney's airport."

There, all Americanized for you!

Seriously, though, why does that one word being different make people want to point and laugh? Is it really so horrible that people in other parts of the world have different idioms? I'm an American, and I understood the headline perfectly without any need of assistance, thank you very much.

Subby, please stop perpetuating the idea that Americans are dumb.
2013-01-07 01:41:27 PM  
3 votes:
Subby is a tard.
2013-01-07 12:32:02 PM  
3 votes:
In England and Australia you don't rent a car when you travel you 'Hire' it
2013-01-07 06:00:37 PM  
1 vote:

Holocaust Agnostic: The band is playing
The crowd is dancing.
The label is scouting.
The crew is planning a new pack for the trucks.
The police are at the door.

America, explain.

The police SWAT team is at the the door.
The police[men] are at the door.

Understand now?
2013-01-07 05:08:13 PM  
1 vote:
I can speak both variants pretty well. I've gone pretty much native since moving to the US, but I can still amuse family and friends when I take my shopping out of the boot in the carpark. The only one that sometimes gets me is 'pissed' which I still understand to mean 'drunk'.

/burgers it is then!
2013-01-07 02:35:26 PM  
1 vote:

owlie: As an Australian residing in the US, I never realized how stupid it sounds to Americans when I use the word "hire" to refer to things and not people. This thread has been enlightening, so thanks, Yanks.

Although I see what you did there, we do "hire" cars, but only when someone else is driving it for us.
2013-01-07 02:11:53 PM  
1 vote:
It never ceases to amuse me when my wife talks about someone "hiring a flat" or "hire a car for the weekend"

Well, actually, it has ceased to amuse me, mostly. I dont know why I used that phrase. Im used to it now. Maybe a slight vetigal amusement?

But it USED to amuse me greatly.

But it's just one of those things. In Britishese, "Hire" is used for inanimate objects, unlike in American, where it is mostly reserved for people performing tasks, and "rent" is mostly used for inanimate objects or spaces.

\Also her weird british use of the verb tense "it will be" to actually mean "it is.... right now" as in "Is that the post office? Ah yes, it will be. It has a flag.."
2013-01-07 01:53:38 PM  
1 vote:
Heh, back in the '80s my National Guard unit emplaced a dummy minefield on the slopes of Mount Shasta, with all the documentation necessary for later removal of said minefield. Then we lost the documentation. So in 20 years or so, I expect to read about all the mines found by a logging crew, that creates a great panic and causes many sharted lumberjack flood-pants. I hope I get the greenlight when it hits FARK.
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