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Alanna
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9:02 am Jul 31, 2009

Oh, you guys are fantastic! A pure mine of linguistic information! I'm so glad I'm came here with my questions. Right: one more before I hit the sack (or would you say hit the hay? Wink) :

Although the correct word is a p harmacy, we often call it a chemist's (this is where you get your medicine from), but I'm pretty sure you guys call it a drug store - then again I also get the impression this is where you buy your milk and magazines and it's also the little shop some petty thief is going to rob.... confusing!

Righto, bedtime, will ask you some more tomorrow... Very Happy
sverzino
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12:01 pm Jul 31, 2009

It would be hit the hay or sack; both are used pretty much.

The drug store refers to where the perscriptions/drugs picked up as well as being a small store with milk, snacks, cards, etc. Just to confuse things a little more we now have grocery stores that have - counters in them.
Katie
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12:19 pm Jul 31, 2009

If the maid is Hispanic she would more than likely call her employer Senora or for the man of the house Senor. If she is unmarried it would be Senorita. I hope the spelling is right.
Julie T
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12:49 am Aug 01, 2009

Here's a little tidbit for you: it is against the law in the state of Oregon to pump one's own gas. The attendant (or using a slang term "pump jockey") must be the person who puts gas in your car. And many folks still call them service stations.
To pick up medications (and lawn furniture, and candy, and gretting cards, and shampoo, and film, and vitamins) you go to the drug store (or sometimes the variety store), but there are also convenience stores where you quickly pick up snacks, magazines, drinks, etc, but no prescriptions (like Circle K, 7-11, Quick Stop, Stop-n-Go). And oddly enough, these days, gas stations have convenience stores on site.
We call the super market a grocery store, but the origin of the grocery store was usually a small corner shop, or green grocer's.
A "housekeeper" is the more common term for maid, or cleaning lady. And she would call the person who employs her: Mrs. Whatever-her-last-name-is.
Yes, all states have either Highway Patrol or State Troopers. The main job of these guys (and gals) is to patrol and enforce on government roads (interstates, highways, main throughfares). And they also go out at the "office" but in very large cities they have barracks, or headquarters.
Alanna
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6:47 pm Aug 01, 2009

Thank you so much everyone, this is so helpful!

Okay, given that a wardrobe is a closet, I'll just check this- a cupboard is still a cupboard right?
Alanna
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8:32 pm Aug 01, 2009

What do you call the little table next to the bedhead- the night stand?

Can you call those little plastic bags with airlock seals on them plastic sachets?
Alanna
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8:44 pm Aug 01, 2009

Oh, here's an interesting one: what do women wear when they go swimming? Regular terms in use here are: swimmers, bathers, swimming togs (or just togs), swimsuit, cossie.... How did we get so many words?
Alanna
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8:47 pm Aug 01, 2009

What do you call the school where a 15 year old goes? Highschool? College? Junior High?
sverzino
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10:17 pm Aug 01, 2009

night stand, baggie, swimsuit & high school.
Julie T
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12:22 am Aug 02, 2009

Kitchen cupboards are sometimes cabinets. (Cabinet makers make cupboards. And shelving.) Do you mean the plastic storage bags that seal? Ziplock or zip top then. Bathing suits around here. And depending on the district, a 15 year old could still be in Middle School.
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