Harry Potter and other books - Americanized!

London in Damian N2   Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:06 pm GMT

So you spotted my deliberate mistake...I was just testing! Ha! :-) No, it was a typo on my part and a stupid one at that. Aye...it's deffo "licence" over here in Britland. "We go down the off licence for cans/bottles late at night when we fancy an in-house party".....we're fortunate in having one fairly close by to our place here, and a Waitrose further on along the same road with a huge off licence.

Actually my Collins dictionary has this definition of "off licence":
"A shop, or a counter in a pub or hotel where alcoholic drinks are sold for consumption elsewhere" ie off the premises. The US equivalents are "package store, liquor store". I've never heard of the former.

The UK noun is "licence" of course, and the verb "license" as you say. License does for both in the US.

***Indeed and sadly the British are also depried of bar fridges to keep the beers cool. ;)***

Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! :-) Bars do have fridges, loads of the things for keeping loads of stuff cold, or at least cool as you used that word. But BEER? Are you mad??? This is Britain! We've never heard of cold beer! Or at least we've heard of it but despise it as something only foreigners crave and most foreigners are seen as weird eccentrics with weird eccentric habits. :-) Only jesting.... Nah....we've no call for cold beer among us Brits......if it's cold the flavour is gone...impaired, ruined...yuk! If it's warm you can still taste the hops and savour the flavour, full bodied and ethereal and puts hairs on your chest. Mmmmm...now I'm seriously considering nipping down to the Duke of Wellington for a pint...nope, I'll resist the tempation as I've vowed to stay in tonight and save a penny or two.

Cold beer? Och.....we don't have the regular climate for it....as I say, this is Britain.
a pint   Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:21 pm GMT
<<if it's cold the flavour is gone>>

Only if it is a dark coloured beer :)

light coloured beer should be served at cellar temperature (gives the best taste). Dark coloured beer should be served at room temperature "warm". (gives the best taste)
Enrique Reilly   Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:36 pm GMT
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Uriel   Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:25 pm GMT
Liquor store is much more common than package store in the US. Package store is restricted to certain locations. But very few people would actually say they were going to the store to buy liquor -- they would be more specific.
Mel   Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:30 pm GMT
As a Briton, I'd be disgusted if an American book I bought was 'translated' into British terminology. I'd take it as a sign of publishers assuming readers were stupid and needed books dumbed down for them.

Changing spellings of words is understandable but there is no need to change slang words. Growing up, I loved reading American books full of Americanisms as it gave me a feel of the country and culture. American children are being denied that chance to learn about other cultures thanks to these publishers (who really should be ashamed considering they are mutilating works of literature, a field that should be nourishing the mind).
Guest   Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:28 am GMT
American children are being denied that chance to learn about other cultures = American children are not made aware that other cultures even exist
Uriel   Tue Oct 24, 2006 10:56 am GMT
Oh, what a bunch of bullshit. Can't you do better than parrot tripe like that?