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Old 4th August 2006, 05:26 PM   #1
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Default Top Five Things a Spaniard would never say

Tongue firmly in cheek, light the blue touch paper and stand well back...

1. I need to be there by 5 but there is no way I'm going to break the speed limit.

2. I'm going to France on holiday this year.

3. No steak for me thanks, I'm a vegetarian now.

4. Isn't it noisy here!

5. Property prices can go down as well as up.
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Old 4th August 2006, 08:08 PM   #2
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Tongue firmly in cheek, light the blue touch paper and stand well back...

1. I need to be there by 5 but there is no way I'm going to break the speed limit.

2. I'm going to France on holiday this year.

3. No steak for me thanks, I'm a vegetarian now.

4. Isn't it noisy here!

5. Property prices can go down as well as up.
Well done!

I've never understood the deep-seated aversion to the French that some Spaniards carry.
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Old 4th August 2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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There might be some historical ones, but I know one that is particulary well sticked in Spaniards minds:

About 10 years ago some french used to turn Spanish lorries of fruit upside down or at least stop them and download the content because they could not compete with the Spanish fruit and vedge prices. On the other hand France was the only way for Spanish lorries to get to Europe so the situation was tricky. Fortunately that hasn't happend for a very long time.

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Old 5th August 2006, 12:34 AM   #4
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Lorries are trucks, right?
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Old 5th August 2006, 07:37 AM   #5
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Lorries are trucks, right?
Yep - that's the english coming out in Marina's english.....

Truck = Lorry
Freeway = Motorway
Sidewalk = Footpath, or pathway
Elevator = Lift

Who says there's that much difference in English ????

However, I was surprised to find out that the word "Fortnight" is not commonly known in the U.S., let alone used.

In spanish too I've come across heaps of different usage...

Coche = auto = carro - I found the differences in Spain - Chile - Peru

Even Chile and Peru used different words for wheels and tyres (tires for US).

Peru - llanta = just the rubber bit
Chile - neumatico = just the rubber bit, whereas llanta is the whole wheel

Anyway, there was heaps more...........
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Old 5th August 2006, 11:02 AM   #6
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6. Spanish Cuisine isn't what it used to be.

(A variation on no.3 above)
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Old 5th August 2006, 11:27 AM   #7
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6. Spanish Cuisine isn't what it used to be.

(A variation on no.3 above)
Reminds me that after visiting my mother-in-law half a dozen times a year for 17 years now, every mealtime we still have to praise the chorizo, lechuga, pimientos etc. She has only visited us once, when we lived in Brighton - San Sebastian it is not but it has its good points. Despite our best efforts, so traumatized was she by the experience of being outside her 'world' that she never returned. That was in 1991.
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Old 5th August 2006, 01:03 PM   #8
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we still have to praise the chorizo, lechuga, pimientos etc.
We praise thee, chorizo, fruit of the pork,
We laud thy sweet savour, sitting on my fork,
Oh heav'nly paprika, spicing throughout,
'tis Paradise, so juicy, within and without.



Sorry, it just struck me as funny.
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We praise thee, chorizo, fruit of the pork,
We laud thy sweet savour, sitting on my fork,
Oh heav'nly paprika, spicing throughout,
'tis Paradise, so juicy, within and without.



Sorry, it just struck me as funny.
Good one Brian!
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We praise thee, chorizo, fruit of the pork,
We laud thy sweet savour, sitting on my fork,
Oh heav'nly paprika, spicing throughout,
'tis Paradise, so juicy, within and without.



Sorry, it just struck me as funny.

Who knew you were an Iberian Hip-Hop artist?
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Tongue firmly in cheek, light the blue touch paper and stand well back...

1. I need to be there by 5 but there is no way I'm going to break the speed limit.

2. I'm going to France on holiday this year.

3. No steak for me thanks, I'm a vegetarian now.

4. Isn't it noisy here!

5. Property prices can go down as well as up.
6. We have the best television content in the world
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Old 6th August 2006, 01:39 PM   #12
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We praise thee, chorizo, fruit of the pork,
We laud thy sweet savour, sitting on my fork,
Oh heav'nly paprika, spicing throughout,
'tis Paradise, so juicy, within and without.
Wow!
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Old 6th August 2006, 02:06 PM   #13
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Wow!
That ain't nothin'. Wait until I unveil my Ode to Acelgas!

What rhymes with slimy?

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That ain't nothin'. Wait until I unveil my Ode to Acelgas!

What rhymes with slimy?

Blimey!

blimey expl. A nice mild expletive, blimey is (in terms of rudeness) on a par with "wow" or "my goodness". It was originally part of the phrase "cor blimey", which was apparently a contraction of "god blind me" which was in turn an abbreviated version of "may god blind me if it is not so". To prevent alarm, though, it's worth saying that I've used this word a number of times and so far god has made no attempt whatsoever to blind me, whether what I was saying was true or not. Nowadays "cor blimey" is much rarer, but still used.
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Old 6th August 2006, 09:09 PM   #15
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Blimey is still fairly well used in the north of England, although even I would have to admit that it's more associated with older people, but I use it all the time and I'm only 32 (only !!!)

Another similar word I use occasionally is "crikey". It's a heavily watered down version of "f*** me!" (about a million times milder and safe for all the family! )
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Another similar word I use occasionally is "crikey". It's a heavily watered down version of "f*** me!" (about a million times milder and safe for all the family! )
Just ask the Crocodile Hunter, Jeff Irwan.
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Old 7th October 2006, 06:39 PM   #17
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Nice top 5.

Also, it's Steve Irwin.
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Old 7th October 2006, 06:54 PM   #18
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Another thing a Spaniard would never say: 'This costs too much!' when buying the ingredients for a real good paella.
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Old 8th November 2006, 04:59 AM   #19
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Well done!

I've never understood the deep-seated aversion to the French that some Spaniards carry.
Please--the English have been fighting the French for a 1,000 years....do you really think it's just because they're convenient?
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Old 8th November 2006, 10:12 AM   #20
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Please--the English have been fighting the French for a 1,000 years....
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Why stop now? Generally, the Spanish don't seem to have much love for "los franchutes". When the French were stopping Spanish lorries at the border, and emptying those carrying wine, probably didn't help much. Personally, I drink Spanish wine, but never French!
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