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    • Join Date: Feb 2005
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    #1

    loo or toilet etc.

    loo - toilet
    pudding - sweet
    sitting room - lounge
    scent - perfume
    lunch - dinner
    sofa - seti

    I've heard that in British English there are many pairs of words with the same meaning. Some people prefer one while others do the other.
    Could give me other example of this kind of pairs?

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    #2

    Re: loo or toilet etc.

    dinner- tea
    napkin- serviette
    toilet/loo- lavatory
    ill- poorly
    cinema- pictures/flicks

    There are also some that have come from America, where the American form has been adopted by many:
    taxi - cab
    film- movie


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    #3

    Re: loo or toilet etc.

    Some common ones are:-
    fag = cigarette
    quid = pound
    bob = shilling (no longer in use in the UK)
    fiver = five pounds

    (BTW, "seti" is spelled "settee")


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    #4

    Re: loo or toilet etc.

    tdol and Teimico, thank you.

    In the below list, which one should non-native speakers use, left one or right?

    loo - toilet
    pudding - sweet
    sitting room - lounge
    scent - perfume
    lunch - dinner
    sofa - settee

    dinner- tea
    napkin- serviette
    toilet/loo- lavatory
    ill- poorly
    cinema- pictures/flicks

    fag - cigarette
    quid - pound
    fiver - five pounds


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    #5

    Re: loo or toilet etc.

    loo, flicks, fag, quid & fiver are slang words. For those non-native speakers who are not very fluent in spoken English, I suggest that they don't use them.


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    #6

    Re: loo or toilet etc.

    Temico. thank you.

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