Two other countries separated by a common language

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Sun Sep 30 20:44:02 UTC 2007

As well they might (ask that question). As, similarly,
they are inclined to ask for "bathrooms" when having
no intention whatsoever of bathing, being befuddled by
getting French fries as part of their fish and chips
order, and pondering where locals are going when they
announce, as some sometimes do, they're going to the
_loo_. (Less frequently, these days, or so I'd imagine,
the loo-bound might note s/he is going "to spend a
penny", a once-common phrase reflecting a long-gone day
when that was the price of admission to a "public
(the other) doug


LOL. Doug Harris said something to a similar effect. I was of course
simply inventing a sentence that I thought a tourist might ask. BB

Paul Johnston wrote:
> Assuming they'd know what a subway station is.  A subway is an
> underpass over a road, though "Tube/Underground station" would be fine.
> As someone who did use to ask questions like that, I usually got my
> questions answered as i would here, but sometimes preceded by a
> repetition.  "The Tube Station?  Oh, you'll have to go down
> Rellingford Road to get there."
> Paul Johnston
> On Sep 29, 2007, at 3:04 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> I have heard that in England questions such as "Do you know where the
>> subway station is?" are considered yes/no. Is this the same issue? BB

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