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

Belben, Philip ( Energy Wholesale ) Philip.Belben at
Wed Jan 19 07:28:40 EST 2005

Ros quoted Kylie:

>> Soft drink.
>> Shopping bag.  Or plastic bag.
>> Pram.  Pusher sometimes if the baby sits upright.
>> Roll (or sub if it is from Subway).
>> Bathers
>> School bag.
Yet more of you who call fizzy drinks "soft drinks".  If I was told that only soft drinks were to be served at a party, I'd be _very_ surprised and disappointed not to get fruit juice, or at least squash (by which I mean a fruit cordial made from concentrate, non-fizzy).  To me, "soft drink" means served cold and contains no alcohol.

Oh, and I put groceries in a shopping basket, if I remember to take it.  Not just the wire thing I carry around the supermarket, but the rush basket I take to carry them home in.  Supplemented by carrier bags or shopping bags.  I almost never buy enough in one go to need a trolley.


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