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Watch your language…

April 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments · Off-topic

Oscar Wilde once wrote:

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.


I have to say that my language transition to the US (in my opinion – my colleagues may feel differently!) has been free from any major problems…so far. However, today I encountered a rather amusing – though potentially dangerous – issue.choc-wellies

I was sending an e-mail with a reference to “Wellington Boots” (don’t ask) which International English speakers often refer to as “wellies”.

Unfortunately it turns out that US English AutoCorrect automatically changes that widely used noun to “willies” which of course has a very different meaning. (ahem).

Luckily the recipient saw the bright side :-) .


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