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Jul 25, 2006


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Fizzy drink? how cool! I'm gonna start asking E to bring me a fizzy drink and see what he does :giggle:

I was thinkin' about you yesterday when we drove past the mall - we are getting a Macy's (never had one in our area before) and although it's no where near as big as the one we went to in SF, it's an expansion that now takes up half the mall! :)


"I'd like a fizzy drink, please."

Dude. If I said that, do you know how many odd looks I'd get? I'm totally trying it out next time I order a Coke.

Street Vein

Cool... any other unique expressions or slang for common things among New Zealanders?

Jack Yan

Soft drink is the other common one we had when I was growing up in Wellington.


Yes, indeed, Jack. That was the one I couldn't think of as composing the post. I knew there was something bigger out there, but it wouldn't. It did, eventually as I was going about my life one day, and I think I even dreamed I updated the post to that effect. But you apparently beat me to it. ;-)

Jack Yan

Another one, Sarah, is partner. My American friends always get puzzled on that, as they immediately think business partner. I wonder if the Australians and Brits use it as much as we do. (I personally do not.)


Partner - I think that gets bandied about without any real understanding of what it means to be in partnership, more a "grown up" attempt to avoid using "girlfriend" or "boyfriend". Perhaps a little more "civilised" than the other possibilities, but still, not quite right in its ambiguity. I don't use it either, except to refer to the man my sister has lived with for several years and has a child with (because that is a mouthful), though that may be more due to lack of need than anything else.

I know I got a few blank stares when I visited the company offices in San Francisco, but I can't think of anything that was particularly puzzling. I do recall, however, a former flat-mate, as feisty a Frenchwoman as has ever existed, struggling to come to grips with the words myself and my other flatmate used without forethought. Wonky was rather amusing, as were a few other British-isms we'd unwittingly adopted.

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