Americanisms (was RE: Sorcery and Cecilia and Desert Island books)

Belben, Philip ( Energy Wholesale ) Philip.Belben at
Mon Jan 17 10:53:34 EST 2005

I'm back!  Eight whole weeks it took the technical support people to get
my e-mail working again.  And the problem was exactly what I thought -
it was still getting forwarded to Germany - which, of course, they
assured me was not the case.

Anyway, Gili asked:

> What I'd really like to know though, is what do you call the thing
> with wheels you use to push around your baby?
> Is it:
> A. a pushchair
> B. a stroller
> C. a baby carriage
> D. a pram
> E. a perambulator
> F. none of the above
> If I remember correctly, A. is American for what a baby sits in
> upright, B. is the British equivalent of A. C. is American for what a
> younger baby lies in, D. is the British equivalent of C., and E. is
> what Mary Poppins uses for John and Barbara. But I may be hopelessly
> confused.

As far as I (British) am concerned, A is what a toddler sits in (as for
example, obDWJ, Charles Morgan being pushed around by Bernadette and
watching a witch get burnt).  B I had assumed was American for A (i.e.
the opposite way round to Gili's view)

E is what a small baby lies in, but it is almost invariably abbreviated
to D.  C I agree is American for D/E.

Philip (Glad to be _truly_ home at last!)

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