Re: [Czechlist] Re: BrE vs. Am E - bonbony
- On Friday, October 1, 2004, at 05:51 AM, melvyn.geo wrote:
> In this day and age I'd say most adult Brits will understand perfectlyWhich is funny, because we call those "cough drops".
> well and we do traditionally use the word for certain types of
> products (e.g. cough candies).
In North American English, the word "sweets" is used, however, it does
not mean only candy, but is a general term for anything sweet that you
put in your mouth. "Sweets" in North America include cake, pastries,
soda pop and other diverse items. Calling Tic Tac "a sweet" would
sound distinctly odd here, as if the information were meant for
dentists or dietitians, not businessmen or consumers.
So, if the Brits understand "candy" and sometimes use it, then I'd go
with that word. And after all, why are you thinking about using the
word "sweet" if you know the client calls it "candy"?
You may run into some really serious trouble if you have to write about
the candy the British call "gums". This would not be understood at all
in North America, and people would wonder if you were talking about a
part of the oral anatomy, or else think you were talking about a types
of chewing gum. And there's no good word for them in NA English,
except that they are all a type of "gum drop", but that's stretching
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- to add a little to this tasty conversation - we have several places
in town selling frozen custard. Very delicious and fattening, tastes
like thick, full bodied ice cream. That makes the idea that custard
is eaten warm go out the window:)
--- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "jsyeaton" <jsyeaton@y...> wrote:
> Work a little slow, Simon?
> --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "raesim" <rachelandsimon@q...>
> > --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, "raesim" <rachelandsimon@q...>
> > wrote:
> > > > So vanilla pudink mix is basically identical to British
> > > > custard powder.
> > >
> > > The difference is in how they tend to be eaten: pudink cold
> > > congealed and on its own, custard hot and runny and on top of
> > > something.
> > Of course, custard is eaten cold and congealed in trifle and
> > caramel. And I think it's delicious on its own...
> > Simon