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    #1

    I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    I remember reading somewhere that an American wouldn't understand the following phrase said by a Briton [corrected]. Is that possible?
    I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 03-Jun-2016 at 15:32.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    Yes, they're all Britishisms, but we're familiar with them. I've never heard "dummy" used that way, but I'll guess that it's a doll:

    I've left my child's doll in the baby carriage and his diaper in the trunk.

    Close?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    Close.

    dummy = pacifier

    englishhobby, we do visit each other's countries, you know; we watch each other's films and TV shows and take an interest in each other's linguistic variations. There's only an ocean between us — not a galaxy.
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    #4

    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    There's only one t in ​Briton.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    There's only one t in ​Briton.
    Thanks! EH had me wondering if I'd been living a lie.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    "Stroller" would be more common in my experience than "baby carriage."

    And "binky" is a common term for a pacifier, one of those brand names that has become a generic term.

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    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Close.

    dummy = pacifier

    englishhobby, we do visit each other's countries, you know; we watch each other's films and TV shows and take an interest in each other's linguistic variations. There's only an ocean between us — not a galaxy.
    I am aware of it. Just wanted to make sure that people who say that British and American are two different languages are mistaken.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Thanks! EH had me wondering if I'd been living a lie.
    I didn't get it about 'living a lie' - does this joke mean I made you think you'd been mistaken about the spelling of Briton'?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #9

    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Just wanted to make sure that people who say that British and American are two different languages are mistaken.
    There is no language called British.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: I have left my child's dummy in the pram and his nappy in the boot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    There is no language called British.
    Nor American, either.
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