American English help please!

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American English help please!

Post by tōkai devotee » Thu 01.21.2010 1:49 am

Hi all! As an Aussie, I have a few questions about American English :wink:

1. Can someone tell me what it means to trip on someone ?! To me, it sounds like you stumble on someone!!

2. Why do you call lemonade 7-up, but you call lemon juice lemonade??

3. I had a high school student from Japan tell me that his English teacher who was from America, taught him that 'funky' could mean dirty. Is this true, or was the teacher pulling his leg (joking with him)? We only use funky to mean 'stylish' or 'cool'.


I have heaps more questions, but I think that'll do for now! :D

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Post by Harisenbon » Thu 01.21.2010 2:02 am

It's been a while since I've been stateside, so my info might be a little bit old, BUT:

1) To trip on something is to really like (or dig) it.

2) 7-up is a brandname for a soda, just like sprite. I've never heard anyone call lemon juice 7-up. Perhaps Aussies are calling 7up Lemonade?

3) Funky can mean smelly as in: "He smells kinda funky." or "Those old shoes are kinda funky."
It also has the same meaning as in Oz as being kind of "Eccentrically cool"
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Post by phreadom » Thu 01.21.2010 2:06 am

tokai devotee wrote:Hi all! As an Aussie, I have a few questions about American English :wink:

1. Can someone tell me what it means to trip on someone ?! To me, it sounds like you stumble on someone!!

2. Why do you call lemonade 7-up, but you call lemon juice lemonade??

3. I had a high school student from Japan tell me that his English teacher who was from America, taught him that 'funky' could mean dirty. Is this true, or was the teacher pulling his leg (joking with him)? We only use funky to mean 'stylish' or 'cool'.


I have heaps more questions, but I think that'll do for now! :D
1) Tripping on someone basically means to go nuts on them. To "trip out". Like if you go crazy and start screaming at someone, they might say you're tripping on them.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=trippin (warning: Urban Dictionary can have very offensive language!)

2) I call lemonade lemonade, and 7up 7up. :( Maybe you could enlighten me as to what exactly you use those words to describe... with pictures perhaps? :)

3) Funky as in dirty clothes? Yes, we can refer to smelly things as funky. If you mean dirty as in lewd, I'm not sure... probably that as well. Funky is usually used here to describe certain kinds of music or style I think.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=funky (warning: Urban Dictionary can have very offensive language!)

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Post by tōkai devotee » Thu 01.21.2010 2:42 am

Thanks for the speedy replies guys!! :D

3. Yes, I meant dirty as in not clean, definately not lewd. "He smells kind of funky"??? ~ We don't say that in Oz!

2. Lemonade in Oz is like the soft-drink sprite, but my American buddies call lemon juice, lemonade, and call the other 7-up.* By that I mean, squeezed lemons with sugar and water. You know, like kids might have lemonade stand to make some money and they'd sell it by the cup or whatever. Well, that kind of 'lemonade' is what we call lemon juice. Is that making sense!??


* Maybe the terms differ from region to region.

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Post by chikara » Thu 01.21.2010 2:51 am

tokai devotee wrote:.... 2. Why do you call lemonade 7-up, but you call lemon juice lemonade?? .....
Based on my brief experience of living in the USA what we call lemonade is lemon soda in the USA of which 7-Up and Sprite are brand names. What they call lemonade is not lemon juice as such but lemon juice with lots and lots and lots of sugar. I don't know of any equivalent drink here. It is not even like Lemon Squash.

What we call "soft drink" is called "soda" in the USA. Here if some asks for "soda" I give them just that, carbonated water.
Harisenbon wrote:.... Perhaps Aussies are calling 7up Lemonade? .....
Yes we are. Not sure if you can buy 7-Up here but certainly Sprite is lemonade.
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Post by phreadom » Thu 01.21.2010 2:52 am

tokai devotee wrote:Thanks for the speedy replies guys!! :D

3. Yes, I meant dirty as in not clean, definately not lewd. "He smells kind of funky"??? ~ We don't say that in Oz!

2. Lemonade in Oz is like the soft-drink sprite, but my American buddies call lemon juice, lemonade, and call the other 7-up.* By that I mean, squeezed lemons with sugar and water. You know, like kids might have lemonade stand to make some money and they'd sell it by the cup or whatever. Well, that kind of 'lemonade' is what we call lemon juice. Is that making sense!??

* Maybe the terms differ from region to region.
Makes sense. :) Yes, we call your "lemon juice" lemonade, and we call your "lemonade" Sprite or 7-up, which are both actually lemon-lime flavored.

I suppose it's just one of those differences in language... like the difference here in the US by region of soda versus pop. :) (it's pop around here, soda many other places, and down south plenty of people simply call all such soda/pop "coke", which makes for a really confusing exchange when a southerner asks for a "pepsi coke" here in the north. ;) haha)
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Post by chikara » Thu 01.21.2010 2:58 am

Looks as if I was a bit slow on the post button :blush:
phreadom wrote:..... plenty of people simply call all such soda/pop "coke" .....
That one got me confused. The other problem was that when I asked for a "coke" no one could understand me because of my accent.
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Post by tōkai devotee » Thu 01.21.2010 4:06 am

phreadom wrote: ... with pictures perhaps? :)
Sorry, phreadom, I didn't read it proeprly and didn't realise you wanted pics!! :)
Perhaps I could try and upload some pics of a wild koala the kids and I saw yesterday. We got really close to it ~ close enough to touch it. I've never had much luck uploading pics to this site but I'll try after tea. (That's dinner or supper, whatever you Americans call it!!)



EDIT: For anyone interested I managed to upload some photos of the koala to my gallery. Have a look!!

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Post by Harisenbon » Thu 01.21.2010 5:33 am

chikara wrote:
phreadom wrote:..... plenty of people simply call all such soda/pop "coke" .....
That one got me confused.
The reason for that is that Coke was started and is still manufactured in Georgia, and their market share is many times higher than Pepsi in the south. So, the name coke turned into one of those brand-name common names like "Xerox" or "Kleenex"

Any dark soda is called "Coke" while any light soda (your lemonade) would be called "Sprite"
It's not uncommon for us to ask "What kind of coke you got?" :D
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Post by pm215 » Thu 01.21.2010 5:43 am

phreadom wrote:Makes sense. :) Yes, we call your "lemon juice" lemonade, and we call your "lemonade" Sprite or 7-up, which are both actually lemon-lime flavored.
FWIW, I think the usual UK usage would be to call both of those things 'lemonade', with the assumed meaning being the fizzy soft drink (much more common). "lemon juice" is what you get when you squeeze a lemon -- you put it on pancakes :-)

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Post by phreadom » Thu 01.21.2010 5:55 am

pm215 wrote:FWIW, I think the usual UK usage would be to call both of those things 'lemonade', with the assumed meaning being the fizzy soft drink (much more common). "lemon juice" is what you get when you squeeze a lemon -- you put it on pancakes :-)
True. :) Lemon juice here is something we put on fish etc. :P
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But we still differentiate between the soda and actual lemonade. Lemonade here refers only to the drink made from lemon juice, water, and lots of sugar. ;)
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Post by AJBryant » Thu 01.21.2010 7:15 am

tokai devotee wrote:2. Lemonade in Oz is like the soft-drink sprite, but my American buddies call lemon juice, lemonade, and call the other 7-up.* By that I mean, squeezed lemons with sugar and water. You know, like kids might have lemonade stand to make some money and they'd sell it by the cup or whatever. Well, that kind of 'lemonade' is what we call lemon juice. Is that making sense!??
If you're adding water and sugar, it's no longer lemon JUICE, is it? It's a drink made using lemon JUICE -- that is, the juice from a lemon -- as an ingredient. We call such drinks -ade. Limeade, lemonade, grapeade, etc. (You don't want to know about Gatorade. ;) ).

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Post by IceCream » Thu 01.21.2010 7:50 am

nah, it has to be fizzy to be an -ade. lemonade has to be fizzy.

if it's not fizzy, it's lemon cordial, lemon juice, or lemon squash!

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Post by two_heads_talking » Thu 01.21.2010 10:59 am

IceCream wrote:nah, it has to be fizzy to be an -ade. lemonade has to be fizzy.

if it's not fizzy, it's lemon cordial, lemon juice, or lemon squash!
Try telling that to any Lady (from the South specifically) while she brings you a glass of Ice cold Lemonade .. She'll knock the fizzy right outa you..

who says it has to be fizzy to be an -ade?
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Post by IceCream » Thu 01.21.2010 1:48 pm

haha... sorry i should have done a *

*In Britain.

from Wikipedia:
In the UK, the suffix 'ade' means a 'carbonated sweet soft drink'

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