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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 2:24 am    Post subject: Chips / Crisps / French Fries Reply with quote

From other threads about chips, just thought I would point out some funny things I have noticed on my travles about language.

Fried potato served cold:

North Americans call them chips, English call them crisps, Aussies call them chips.

Fried potato served hot:

North Americans call them French Fries, English call them chips, Aussies call them chips.

So how do us Aussies know what you mean when you say "I'll have some chips" ?

I wont go into the Soda/Softdrink/Coke/Pop thing nor the Lemonade/Lemon-lime/lemon squash let alone the ketchup/tomato sauce/pasta sauce debarkle :)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Cause the British have had a disdain for the French longer?

:lol:
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to mention lollipops and suckers.
EDIT: Sidewalks and footpaths; elevators and lifts.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, Lollies / Sweets / Candy :)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

American / British / Aussie:

Truck / Lorry / Bruce
Traffic Circle / Roundabout / Sheila
Soccer / Football / Malunga Goolgachuck
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's spelled "catsup," damnit!
It's "soda," not "pop."
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In australia if you asked for soda you would get soda water (carbonated water) then again if you asked for pop you would just get a funny look.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget "freedom fries" :lol: :lol: :lol:
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

homeobocks wrote:
Traffic Circle / Roundabout / Sheila


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It is important to understand the difference between roundabouts and traffic circles. Traffic circles, commonly seen in Seattle neighborhoods, have smaller diameters and are primarily intended as traffic calming devices that should help reduce speeds and cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets. Roundabouts are primarily intended for use on arterial streets with relatively higher volumes and speeds as an alternative to traffic signals at intersections.

At traffic circles, drivers in the circle yield to entering traffic, creating gridlock. At roundabouts, entering traffic yields to traffic in the circle. Traffic circles can be controlled by stop or yield signs, while roundabouts can be controlled by yield signs or no control, maintaining entry speeds below 25 mph. Roundabouts have splitter islands on all approaches, which is not necessarily the case for traffic circles.

From here

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's not forget the belgians actually invented the "hot fried potato", so i don't know why it would be called "french fries".
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The US calls them french fries, not after the country, but after the style of the way their cut. The cutting style is probably named after the country though. :)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen somewhere "french cut potatoes"

Also, I've never heard the term "traffic circle"
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

indeed lamaistres, the way they are cut has given the name
(I didn't know this 4 weeks ago but I read it somewhere)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, the "french" part has nothing to do with "france", according to www.belgianfries.com.
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Why are they called "French Fries"?

Explanation 1: the French invented fries, that's why we call them French Fries. Wrong, as we have seen above.

Explanation 2: during the first World War, American soldiers came to our country and discovered our fries. As the inhabitants spoke French (the biggest battles were fought in Ieper near the French border), the soldiers called them French Fries. Wrong again.

In fact, the explanation is quite simple: in English, 'to french' means (or at least meant) 'to cut into lengthwise pieces'. You probably know 'frenched beans'. So logically, French Fries is short for 'frenched and fried potatoes'. In fact, the English call them 'chips', a word which has a similar meaning (a chipped piece of wood).

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fired Potato served cold

Irish call them taters (spelling?)

Fried Potato Server hot

In the uk there are chip and french fries - difference being the size, chips are soft and thick cut, fries are crispy and thinly cut.

I usually call a softdrink juice and round here in Edinburgh (scotland) ketchup is sometimes called red sauce.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets not worry about it and have a four'n twenty with a little dead horse
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That of course could be a "Dog's eye with Dead Horse" mate, wadjarek'n?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THE country who made you know the fries: Belgium! :P
You should pronounce it as "frit" not fries.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pommes frittes :P
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

French fries for us are those anorexic little things you get at McDo's :x Chips ( http://www.harryramsdens.co.uk/locations/index.html is for southern fairies but you get the idea) are the proper things you get with a decent Lancashire made Hollands meat and tatty pie
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

French fries, possibly odd. At least the 'fried' part is related. Crisps, I can understand. Unless 'chips' look different than french fries, I do not understand how the name relates to the item.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

val wrote:
Don't forget "freedom fries" :lol: :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 5:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Chips / Crisps / French Fries Reply with quote

Valhlalla wrote:
I wont go into the Soda/Softdrink/Coke/Pop
For anyone needing to satisfy that itch: Soda Pop.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kalisphoenix wrote:
val wrote:
Don't forget "freedom fries" :lol: :lol: :lol:


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