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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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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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