BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I learned something new today.

Last night I realized we needed to change our address on our passports.  Guess what ? Because your address doesn't appear on your passport, you don't have to file for a new one. Just write the information, in pencil, on page 4, along with ECI.      

I never realized your address didn't appear on a passport.   Go figure.   Oh well, one less thing to do.    Big Smile

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Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

No doubt you are referring to USA passports regarding page 4. Can I ask exactly what "GO FIGURE" really means. It always sounds a bit rude to me.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

 

It's not rude at all. It's an expression of speech in the US. Basically, it means "how would you know" and describes the user's belief that something is surprising.

 

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

Thanks for that. I always wondered. I guess it's another Americanism like "do the Math", not Maths, having different spellings of Honour, Colour, Aluminium,etc and calling things like pavement "sidewalk", bumper "fender", handbag "purse", and having dates back to front. Today is 1/12 !!.

I suppose we all talk the same language, just a few variations.

 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

When I did the tour of The Tower of London the tour guide started off with "This tour will be done in one language and one language only,  in English,  not Australian and not American,  in the Queens English"Wink 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

One word I could never grasp, nuculus.  And by that, the word, nucular.  wtf ?????

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

London has lots of its own colorful language which we tourists don't completely understand.  Backhanders, Boat Race, Chas 'n Dave, dosh, The Fifth, Gooner, Nicker, On the Game, Sky Rocket,Trouble and strike, chief, footie and yob to name a few.  Every country has its own co0lorful language.  You need to live there awhile to understand and use the words correctly otherwise you might find yourself in trouble.  When in Rome....

 

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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I would jokingly say that Americans speak English correctly and that the Brits have messed it up, but it would no doubt offend many peopleBig Smile

I admit that the Americans have taken a perfectly good language and changed it -- not necessarily for the better or worse, just different.

It seems that we are two countries separated by a common language (a stolen quote by someone whose name I cannot remember :blush: )

Ewoodspark
Contributor Level: Captain

BD Rebel, I believe you refer to George Bernard Shaw and Glomorone, I agree about how they talk in London. They are a breed of their own. Fortunately, we are 200 miles away although footie is a word used by everybody in England. Not to be confused by that game in USA with the oval ball. 

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I prefer to use the expression "who'd a thunk it" rather than "go figure" ... but both are equivalent.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Remember when encyclopedias came in sets, and took up an entire wall of shelf space ? And searching through the card catalog to do research ?

When  " cut and paste " was interrupted by eating the paste ?

 

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