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    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!

    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    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!
    Dan
    Good point, Dan

    ...and I have refrained from closing this thread for being non-militaria related because it is a reminder that this is a multicultural forum where one man's humour can be another man's insult.
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    Oops, sorry Stefan, move it to the gold members forum if needed.

    Thanks, Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Good point, Dan.
    We all know the word the Americans use when they're barracking for someone. It can cause a few raised eyebrows in our part of the world.

    I struck another example recently on a Yahoo group, where an Australian had described a particular military aerobatic team as a flash mob. A European gentleman was a little bit put out as he thought the context was that of a low class, unruly, rabble. He didn't realise that any category of animal, vegetable or mineral in numbers of three or more is referred to as a mob in Australia. So he missed the point that the Australian was paying a compliment.

    A bit like the old song about the tomatoes.

    Cheers, Willie.

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    What a drongo!

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    ...nuff said
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