quote:Originally posted by Alanna Okay, this might sound silly, but in the US do you honk your horn or beep your horn (in the car)?
And a bit of a rude one (sorry, this IS a cop flick!): when you make a rude gesture and extend your middle finger at someone (or two fingers, depending where you're from), what do you call this? We call this sticking your finger up at someone or giving someone the finger. I think I recall hearing in a movie once the expression flipping someone off, is that right?
Now you're really dipping into a different well of knowledge!! It would be the middle finger only, and could be falled flipping someone off, giving them the finger, flipping them the bird.
This is a GREAT fun post! And so far, I too agree with all of the definitions (have lived in the Pacific Northwest my whole life, with the exception of ten summers when I stayed with my grandparents in Hawaii). AND I am married to a cop. Well, here's a technical distinction, he's a deputy. The difference there is that cities have police officers (and yes, you refer to them as officers) but outside of the city limits, and in rural areas you have sheriff's patrols. There is only one sheriff, he is elected, but all of his officers are called deputies.
Locally our city cops don't have headquarters, but return to the station, or say they are "out at city hall." Deputies go "enroute to office" or "court house" or "shops" depending what needs to be done and where.
In Oregon we honk our horn.
Ok, I just remembered that in some eastern seaboard state like New Hampshire, Mass and I think Vermont, they have State Trooper who go barracks instead of stations.
In Las Vegas the city police are refered to as Metro.
Well, I've never heard of a car park. We use parking lots, or parking garages. The lady who cleans the house could be the cleaning lady or the maid. She would call her boss ma'am.
If you're on the ground floor, that's the first floor. If you go upstairs, that's the second floor. You can drink water straight from the faucet, but if you refer to it later it's tap water. Clothes ARE a wardrobe, as in: "I keep my wardrobe in my closet".
I'm pretty sure the staff at a gas station was called the "attendant" but I'm not 100% on that one.