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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
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Re: "English" questions by peripatetically on 13 November 2008 11:51pm
Gas pertaining to cars is simply short for gasoline, you silly.
Re: "English" questions by johnnythemonkey on 14 November 2008 5:43am
It's petrol as in petroleum, silly.
You say tomatoes......
Re: "English" questions by peripatetically on 14 November 2008 12:41pm
I think we know that Johnny. Geesh...
Re: "English" questions by mrsthing on 14 November 2008 1:13pm
According to the Online Dictionary, petroleum is "A thick, flammable, yellow-to-black mixture of gaseous, liquid, and solid hydrocarbons that occurs naturally beneath the earth's surface, can be separated into fractions including natural gas, gasoline, naphtha, kerosene, fuel and lubricating oils, paraffin wax, and asphalt and is used as raw material for a wide variety of derivative products."

Since one wouldn't put asphalt or paraffin wax into a car's fuel tank, I think the word "gas" is a better way to describe what we buy at filling stations to make the car go.
Re: "English" questions by bIG bLOGGER on 14 November 2008 2:25pm
Phew! What a great definition of petroleum!
Well,I was brought up never hearing (or using) the word 'gasoline' so it sounds unfamiliar to me,and to shorten it to'gas'just seems to confuse matters.But if you Americans are alright with that,then that's fine with me.

Okay! Time to go back to the cave.....
Re: "English" questions by Spursfan on 14 November 2008 4:11pm

We all put petrol or diesel in our cars so let that be the end of it.

Anne has spoken!!!

Re: "English" questions by geordiegirl on 14 November 2008 4:34pm
Yeah, Judy, my dad always referred to them as gas stations and fiulling stations, in the north-east of England this was. (Mind you, I think he'd seen too many American movies. I grew up speaking about as much American slang as Geordie dialect.
Re: "English" questions by mrsthing on 14 November 2008 9:21pm
People have told me that I use a number of British expressions, and that was before I started watching British television. My mother used to refer to a cup of coffee or tea as a "cuppa", and adding hot coffee to her lukewarm cup was a "heater". We only called special meals "dinner", the evening meal was "supper" (which, because my mother was from Maine, rhymed with "cuppa"). For some reason I used to describe things as "X foot tall" instead of X feet tall. Somebody told me these are Britishisms. Are they? Nowadays, I've picked up so many expressions from watching Python and British TV shows that I sometimes can't remember which things are British and which things are American.
Re: "English" questions by geordiegirl on 17 November 2008 8:41pm
I know what you mean.I also think that quite a lot of expressions are 'cross-pond' - used in GB/USA so much it's difficult to know where they started. Eg, things like 'I hear what you say' & lots more recent office talk.
Re: "English" questions by ev on 17 November 2008 9:18pm
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