Hey guys, I recently had a post adjusted ( by a mod or administrator or maybe automatic correction, I'm not sure ) to change a word I used that was presumably deemed inappropriate. I wont use it again in case it happens a second time but it was an Australian slang term for a stupid person or a 'dill' ( that's another Aussie term ) but which obviously had a more offensive meaning in other parts of the world.
No problems, I'll watch what I type next time but it got me thinking how words we use can have different meanings to another from a foreign ( to us ) land. A well known and respected member here signs off with the German toast " PROST" ........ or Cheers / good health .... which makes my Romanian colleague laugh because PROST in his language means "silly or stupid" ....... OOPS!!!
So, being such a multicultural forum, I guess we better keep the local vernacular, phrases and idioms to ourselves or we might start an international incident!