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Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:33 pm Post

pigfender wrote:Mrs Pigfender is constantly complaining at me for failing to Canadia-ize my language. Using "Oh" instead of "Zero" in telephone numbers and post codes is something I get a verbal slap for regularly. Also the aforementioned lift / elevator and for 20th March instead of March 20.


Just pepper your conversations with discussions about the Leafs. You should be fine. :D
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Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:52 pm Post

And always remember to apologise profusely.
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:20 am Post

I prepared for my emigration by watching episodes of Due South.

So far it's proved to be ample preparation.
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:57 am Post

And finish every sentence with "Eh"
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:09 pm Post

xiamenese wrote:And finish every sentence with "Eh"
Y' WOT?! :shock:
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:31 pm Post

I know it sounds odd, Vic.
As usual, though, Mark is right...!
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Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:01 pm Post

OKAY! Another quick question for the non-UK English speaking crew.

How about "Biro"? Automatically recognisable as a cheap plastic ball-point pen produced by the good people at the BIC Corporation?

Incidentally - the previous paint musings made it to a post on my website:
http://www.pigfender.com/index.php/2013 ... n-writing/
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Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:09 pm Post

Negative here; it looks like that's what you call the classic Bic with the transparent body and airstream cap? If so, we just call them "Bics" over here, or "Bic pens". Their technically correct name over here is "Bic Cristal", but I have never heard anyone refer to one of these as a Cristal.
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Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:15 pm Post

Okay, thanks Ioa!

I don't think I can get away with calling it a Bic, as - although recognisable - it's not something a Brit is likely to say.

How about "ballpoint"?
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Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:43 pm Post

Ballpoint is good, and many people would associate that with the classic Bic, too, although it is just a general term, so long as it is used for any type of cheap (typically disposable) pen. We don't tend to refer to nicer pens as being "ballpoints", even if they are.
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:52 am Post

Great! Thanks Ioa.
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:10 pm Post

unless I'm living in s parallel universe (I mean one that's more parallel than the one I'm in most of the time) the average erstwhile RED LION intellectual, would have no trouble in identifying a Bic pen. It wouldn't surprise me if most Brits used the expression Bic, as a generic term for biro just as much as 'biro', just as we say Hoover the carpet no matter which vacuum cleaner we're using.
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:08 pm Post

The character is looking at some writing on a page rather than looking at a pen.

I'd be surprised if someone would look at writing and say it was "written in/with a Bic", instead of "written in biro / with a ballpoint", at least based on the areas of England I've lived in.

Biro is actually a trademark of the Bic company.
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:43 pm Post

Agreed. Ballpoint is the best American-recognizable word for a pen. Also, if you're examining the paper only, then calling it the result of a Bic (specific brand vs. generic "ballpoint pen") would throw me, unless the examiner is Sherlock-like in his pen-identification.
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:13 pm Post

Obviously, if you're describing the writing on the a piece of paper, then it's ballpoint or ink. Personally, I'd say biro, more often than i'd say ballpoint. If it was ink, I'd say written in ink, or with a fountain pen. That's based on the assumption it wasn't written with nib pen and ink from an inkwell.

Of course, none of the above is a bad as writing, "It was obviously written with a fine nibbed Hoover, Dr. Watson."
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