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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Subject:Expression - “Moving in or moving on?”
Posted by:slashpervert.
Time:5:25 pm.
I have three questions about the expression: “Moving in or moving on?”

Is it something used in the UK?
Would have been used in 1998?
And what does it mean to speakers using it?

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Subject:Introduing a New Fan Fic Land Comm!
Posted by:orlidepp.
Time:6:23 pm.
    First to the moderators, if this isn't allowed, I'm sorry, but I didn't see where it said it wasn't.  Delete it, or ask me and I'll remove it.  I honestly did check, but I could have overlooked something somewhere.  I also fully accept that this is not an excuse and take the blame that is due me if I've failed to read something important.

    Now to the rest of my friendly comm mates!  :-)  Many of you are probably familiar with the concept of land comms where the members compete in various activities to see who can gain the most points or reach a goal line first.  I thought it was a really neat concept when I first came across it but quickly found myself bored with the art competitions.  It's the fan fic I want, and all fan fic that I've geared this new land comm after.
    There are five teams -- one for comics, one for movies, one for TV shows, one for cartoons and anime, and one for books --, and each team will be striving to reach 5,000 points first.  Challenges will be both weekly (drabbles/short fics -- from 100 to 1,000 words) and monthly (longer fics -- 1,000 words and longer).  Other things may also be done to earn points as we go along.
    The URL is http://community.livejournal.com/fanficland, but there is a simple form that must be filled out before memberships can be approved.  The form is posted in the first message on the board and should be answered in a comment left to that message.  Please do not reply to this post if you are interested but post over at Fan Fic Land if you are as this is the only time I plan on bothering this wonderful comm with my own comm.

    I hope to see at least some of you there!  Thanks to the mods for this chance to share.  Thank you all for taking the time to read this post and for all the talent, work, and effort you already put into making the world of fan fic a bigger, brighter, and better place for us all!

Pirate Turner
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Friday, January 15th, 2010

Subject:Boney or Bony?
Posted by:slashpervert.
Time:1:44 am.
A search found both "boney" and "bony" as acceptable options for a think person with bone showing through skin. So which would be the preferred spelling in England?
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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Subject:Question re Spelling
Posted by:slashpervert.
Time:12:26 pm.
I have received contradictory advice, including in the Oxford Dictionary.

In the U.K., is the standard spelling focused or focussed?
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Friday, April 24th, 2009

Posted by:elegantsundance.
Time:5:35 pm.
What does the term "flapping" mean? I had someone tell me today (I work at a hotel with a large international clientele) that that was how they were (after the prompt "How are you today?") and then proceeded to tell me it's a very British thing and I probably didn't know what it meant. And then left. I was sort of offended they didn't explain it for me. I was assuming it was something like flustered, but I'm not really sure..
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Posted by:phoenixtorte.
Time:12:53 pm.
What are some common British idioms that wouldn't be found in the United States?
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Posted by:phoenixtorte.
Time:11:42 am.
What exactly is bangers and mash?
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Posted by:prairie_city.
Time:10:38 pm.
In Britain, lunch vs. dinner and dinner vs. supper?
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Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Posted by:elegantsundance.
Time:10:19 pm.
Hey everyone. All the entries here have been incredibly helpful, though I'm not sure anyone reads this anymore. :)

If anyone does, what's the equivalent to refrigerator? Would it be ice box or something similar? Or is refrigerator ok?
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Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Posted by:prairie_city.
Time:4:50 pm.
Hey all, I've got a question about dates that hopefully someone can clear up for me.

Basically, in America we write (ex.) January 15th, or the 15th of January, and say "January fifteenth," or "the fifteenth of January."

In Britain (or at least, Harry Potter fanfiction), I've seen it written down as 15 January. How would you say that verbally? "Fifteen January?"

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Subject:A little help...
Posted by:momdaegmorgan.
Time:10:54 am.
American born and bred (not necessarily proud of it) fan fiction author here. No, I don’t do Harry Potter fics (love the books/movies though) but Doctor Who. I do have a small (and I mean SMALL) grasp on britspeak but not nearly enough to feel comfortable with the dialogue in my fics.

I have two questions:
1) What would be the appropriate term/saying etc for screw off/screw him/screw you/etc?
2) Is there anyone here that would be willing to look at any of my questions on a one-to-one basis? I’m afraid I’d get a little annoying if I posted here every time I was unsure of something. :)

Thanks in advance!
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Friday, December 14th, 2007

Posted by:killjoy_x.
Time:10:38 am.
hey, my names alexa and i just had a quick question...

what does wotcher mean? is there an american equivalent? i honestly have not the slightest clue what someone's saying when they use that word, and as such havn't been able to figure one out haha

and im quoting the info here:

This community was inspired by various Mary-Sues on the internet who seem to think that English cars have 'hoods', airports are where 'airplanes' are kept and that people other than Superman wear 'pants' in public without a pair of trousers over the top.

what do english cars and airports have then?!

ahahaha i love this community, its brilliant and really helpful!
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Posted by:stormchild03.
Time:9:54 am.
Mood: creative.
I'm writing a vignette (500 words) for a fanzine and I really want to stay true to the Britspeak so if someone could take a minute to help me out I'd really appreciate it.
This is not for a HP fanzine but one of the characters is a proper British gentleman and I don't want to make him speak like an idiot.
Anyone have time to help me out?
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Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Subject:Looking for help..
Posted by:scarlet_malfoy.
Time:11:54 pm.
Hi there! I am in the process of writing an eventual novel-length Harry/Draco fic, with another co-author. We are two American girls who most likely definitely need the full-time help of a Brit-picker. Please let me know if you would be interested in helping us!

Just to let you know, as our story is not completed yet, this is going to be a long-term commitment: we hope to be able to send you our stuff continually as it gets written.

Also, you had best like slash. Because it is, after all, slash. (or will be, eventually.)

And that's about it. Please respond here or drop me an email at dreamychic@comcast.net, or you can IM me (using AIM) at TigersLoveMe87. Thanks!

Scarlett <3
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Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Subject:Wedding party? reception?
Posted by:sor_bet.
Time:1:57 pm.
Hi, quick question (I hope): in England, do you generally have a party after a wedding,with champagne, cake, dancing, etc.? If so, is that party called the wedding reception, or something else? Thanks.
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Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Posted by:lady_moriel.
Time:3:53 pm.
Mood: creative.
I just had Marauders-era Sirius use the phrase "flipped out" (as in, "I came home wearing a black trenchcoat and Mum flipped out"), and I seriously doubt that's appropriate for the place or the era. If it's okay, that's great; otherwise, can anyone think of a better phrase that would mean much the same thing?
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Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Subject:Initials as nickname in UK?
Posted by:sor_bet.
Time:9:15 pm.
Hi, here in the states people sometimes go by their initials, as nicknames: J.R. Ewing (character on "Dallas"), A.J. Foyt (racecar driver?), etc. A friend in high school went by the nickname "LJ", since his name was John and he was friends with other guys named John and he was the smallest one, hence "little" John.

My question is, do people in the UK ever use their intials as their nicknames? Or is that an American thing? Thanks.
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Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Posted by:gwenhwyfar1984.
Time:8:53 pm.
Mood: curious.
Um...I really don't want to seem stupid or anything but...
The swear 'Bloody Hell' is about what swear in American? Is it like saying "Damn it" or worse? I know Ron often says it and I have heard it on other shows. I'm just curious.

Sorry if this is a stupid question.
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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Subject:Expressions used?
Posted by:sor_bet.
Time:6:49 pm.
Hi, I was wondering if the following expressions are used in British English.

1. "Guts" -- "You've got a lot of guts, asking me that." It would be the same as "nerve", but in the US, younger people don't really say "nerve".

2. "Corsage" -- Do boys buy little flower bouquets/arrangements that girls pin on their dresses or wear on their wrists for formal dances? I can't remember if anyone had them in the GoF movie or not.

3. "Scared" -- or do you always say "frightened", or "afraid"?

4. "Loser" -- would you call someone a loser, if they lost a contest (and you were a jerk)?

5. "Eating crow" -- to eat one's words, to be humiliated, etc.

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Friday, April 21st, 2006

Subject:Quick question
Posted by:lady_moriel.
Time:2:55 pm.
Mood: cold.
I hear the word "shag" used all the time over at deleterius. I understand from context what it means, but I'm wondering if it's considered as crude/vulgar/offensive/whatever as its rough equivalent, the f-word. I know it's pretty meaningless over here, but eh...well, basically, I don't swear and I want to know if I can use "shag" guilt-free. :p
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