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    In vocabulary there is a lot of US influence: Canadians use billboard, gas, truck, and wrench rather than hoarding, lorry, petrol, and spanner.
    source: AskOxford: Types of World English


    Does it mean that billboard = hoarding, gas = petrol, truck = lorry and wrench = spanner?

    I don't understand that gas is the American equivalent for British petrol... I thought that gas is gaseous, while petrol is fluid... Is it really the same?

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    In this case 'gas' is an abbreviation of gasoline

    Gasoline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Yes. In that order. You're correct.

    As for "gas" and "petrol", it's the stuff you put in your car.

    All the best.

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    Thank you very much!

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    You're most welcome, Lenka.

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    Thank you very much!
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    Happy New Year
    Happy New Year, everyone!

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    Happy New Year, everyone!
    Harry! have you been on the sauce already?

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    Harry! have you been on the sauce already?
    Curmudgeon, do you want me to say "yes" or "No"?Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Curmudgeon, do you want me to say "yes" or "No"?Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!Happy New Year!
    Well, I'm having a small single malt whisky to get me started, so here is a (virtual) toast... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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