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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.



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 ;)
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
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.

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