Wednesday, November 14

different expressions 1

"knock up"

To all Americans get a girl pregnant is to knock her up.

To all Brits it means knocking on some one's door.

Imagine this . . . An American man shows up in a London hotel lobby to meet a female friend for breakfast. He asks at reception if Miss. Smith has come down for breakfast yet. To which the man behind the counter replies: "No, but I did knock her up this morning!" Can you imagine the scene this could cause . . .

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At 27 January, 2008 02:52, Anonymous Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

I just read a lot of your quick posts on differences in UK and US... loved reading them. My husband is a Brit, though he hasn't been over there since the early 70's.


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