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    Yoshio is offline Junior Member
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    Question excess vs overweight

    Hello, I have a question about the use of excess and overweight.

    My American colleagues say the words "excess baggage" is not really common in the US, and that the word "overweight" is used more often.

    Which would you use, "excess" or "overweight in the below case?

    I was charged for ( ) baggage[luggage].

    I would like to get as many replies as possible(especially from Americans).

    I appreciate your help.
    Last edited by Yoshio; 01-Apr-2008 at 04:55. Reason: I forgot to put a bracket.

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    Re: excess vs overweight

    In casual conversation I would expect Americans to say "Because I was overweight I had to pay extra." While 'excess baggage charge' would be understood by most Americans, I think we are more likely to use the term 'excess baggage' to refer to unwanted people in a group; "She was so obnoxious she was considered excess baggage by everyone at the meeting." It is also used to denote old habits or ideas that are no longer in fashion.

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    Re: excess vs overweight

    Thank you very much for your help.

    I've got another question.
    What word would American people use for "excess baggage"?
    Can I use "overweight baggage"?

    I appreciate your help.

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