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Old 4th November 2008, 01:53 PM   #1
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In the UK, on New Years Day you make New Years Resolutions (get fit, learn Chinese etc).

Is they also called 'New Years Resolutions' in the US?
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Old 4th November 2008, 01:55 PM   #2
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Old 4th November 2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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Though it generally turns out that "New Years False Promises" fits the reality better.
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Old 4th November 2008, 11:57 PM   #4
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They is.
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Old 5th November 2008, 12:28 AM   #5
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presumably one would be not to participate in an election campaign for at least another 2 years!
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Old 5th November 2008, 07:20 AM   #6
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My New Year's Resolutions generally last at least through the second or third week of February.

I'm thinking of also including the Chinese New Year as a fall back date. When is that, by the way?
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Old 5th November 2008, 07:22 PM   #7
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Thanks for the answers! Nice to know we English speakers agree on something for once!
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Old 8th November 2008, 05:00 AM   #8
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Just kidding?
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Old 8th November 2008, 09:13 AM   #9
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Nice one VS
The only resolution I've kept for more than 3 days was :

"I promise not to make any more New Year's resolutions"

Even if you break it, it will have lasted a year!
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Old 8th November 2008, 11:40 AM   #10
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Nice one VS
The only resolution I've kept for more than 3 days was :

"I promise not to make any more New Year's resolutions"

Even if you break it, it will have lasted a year!
The only thing that is perpetually self-promoting is defeat.

Sounds a little Tony Robbins-ish.
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Just kidding?


But what's with the references about Brits' teeth?
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Old 11th November 2008, 11:27 AM   #12
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But what's with the references about Brits' teeth?
Americans are seen by the British as having their teeth made perfect by orthodontists. Until recent years this was not the case in Britain so our teeth are in their natural uneven state (hence the reference to Halloween / Dracula implied).
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Old 11th November 2008, 11:57 AM   #13
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I heard that when Gervais first went to the US some 'merkins thought that his teeth were fake a la Austin Powers.
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Old 11th November 2008, 06:39 PM   #14
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But what's with the references about Brits' teeth?

I think i have got brits teeth
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Old 11th November 2008, 06:40 PM   #15
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I could never get myself to watch the American version of The Office after having been a fan of the British version - no one could possibly be as pathetic a character as Ricky was.

Also noted from that video - the verb "collect" is never used in the States the way Ricky used it "come collect Posh and Becks".

And some of us Merkins have naturally straight teeth! Unfortunately it seems to be a recessive trait cuz my daughter's going to need orthodontia in a couple years.
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Old 11th November 2008, 08:47 PM   #16
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Americans are seen by the British as having their teeth made perfect by orthodontists. Until recent years this was not the case in Britain so our teeth are in their natural uneven state (hence the reference to Halloween / Dracula implied).
Ah, I get it now. It goes along with the Americans wanting to have the perfect body and such, no?

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I think i have got brits teeth
Me too!
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Old 11th November 2008, 10:42 PM   #17
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Americans are seen by the British as having their teeth made perfect by orthodontists. Until recent years this was not the case in Britain so our teeth are in their natural uneven state
Is that irony? I don't get it.
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Old 11th November 2008, 10:58 PM   #18
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Is that irony? I don't get it.
By me no - by Ricky Gervais probably
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Old 12th November 2008, 01:00 AM   #19
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A caricature of Brits in the US (not mine so put those tomatoes down) is that hey have bad teeth, which is why Austin Powers has the teeth he has.
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