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Brightly is right! Disposable things tend to be disgusting when you come across them.

So one of the problems I run into, having an international audience, is choosing certain words and phrases. Having a made-up country with a made-up culture lets me get around a lot of that, but I try to avoid making the characters sound American. Case in point: the parking lot. What Americans call a parking lot, the British (and other countries of a British persuasion) call car parks. Which, of course, reminds Americans of dog parks, as if Brits take their cars out for strolls. What's a writer to do? I settled on car lot, which seems like a nice middle ground, although it will make a lot of American readers think of car salesmen. Sorry about that.



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banglesau
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Americans call them parking lots? Sheesh, been here for 13 months, have not noticed!

Its funny actually, some times I feel like I'm not speaking english, some American's don't seem to understand me and I don't know if its because I call things different things or its the awesome Australian accent ;)
kimonos_house
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yep, they're parking lots! "Car park" really does sound funny to American ears. We have city parks, amusement parks, dog parks... all of which are more fun than car parks. ;D
temalyen
Mar. 31st, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
It could be the accent. I had a conversation with an Aussie once that went as such:

Him: "There are sharks in the water."
Me: "What kind? The sort on cars? Why would they be in the water?"
Him: ".... What?"

See, to Americans like me, R's tend to sound like H's. Therefore, I thought he said shocks, like shock absorbers on cars. Since we were in a pub he sort of wrote me off as a drunk American, I think.
musewrangler
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
LOL! I hope that's not a real product, but it wouldn't surprise me if it were. ;) I always think it's odd that we live in a society that is both more environmentally aware than in previous generations, and more likely to buy into the concept of so much disposable crap.
sallythetimid
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, it totally is. Not sure if I should give the real name, but google "disposable toothbrush" and you'll find it.
kimonos_house
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
It's sort of a real product. The Colgate Wisp is a disposable toothbrush with a mouthwash bead, but it has a toothpick on the other end rather than a cotton swab. I thought something you use on your mouth and your ears was funnier. XD
temalyen
Mar. 31st, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
You are indeed right. I thought, when reading that, "Why would it be on the ground in a used car lot?"

Though car park would have actually sounded fine to me. I blame it on the (possibly unhealthy) amount of British television programs I watch. I even had a British proxy at one point so I could livestream BBC. (Though, thanks to the time difference, prime time British TV started at 2pm here. Or maybe 3pm. I can't remember at the moment.)
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