Annoying american terminology

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post your annoying examples of american phrases that do your head in here

like, why do they call cinemas "theatres"?

and, why are films called "motion picture events"?

you get my drift?
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oh dear. and i was expecting to see newbies.
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(Original post by elpaw)
post your annoying examples of american phrases that do your head in here

like, why do they call cinemas "theatres"?

and, why are films called "motion picture events"?

you get my drift?

cinemas are called theatres, short for MOVIE theatres because they show movies...i would have thought that made sense.

And who the hell calls a film a motion picture event?

"Hey Jim, let's go see a motion picture event tonight"

doesn't happen mate.
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cinemas are called theatres, short for MOVIE theatres because they show movies...i would have thought that made sense.

And who the hell calls a film a motion picture event?

"Hey Jim, let's go see a motion picture event tonight"

doesn't happen mate.
you see it on all the posters

"go see the latest motion picture event from steven spielberg" etc etc
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trash can, bin

but doesnt do my head in, i love americans
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(Original post by elpaw)
you see it on all the posters

"go see the latest motion picture event from steven spielberg" etc etc
it's advertising terminology. Not normal speech.
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(Original post by grace)
it's advertising terminology. Not normal speech.
yes, it sounds better too.
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(Original post by grace)
it's advertising terminology. Not normal speech.
so what if its not normal speech? its still annoying american phraseology
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(Original post by elpaw)
so what if its not normal speech? its still annoying american phraseology

but how can it do your head in if you never hear it?! I just don't think that makes any sense
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oh dear. and i was expecting to see newbies.
then your lucky i didnt post this in your hunting ground.
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(Original post by grace)
but how can it do your head in if you never hear it?! I just don't think that makes any sense
Phraseology isn't necessarily spoken.
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but how can it do your head in if you never hear it?! I just don't think that makes any sense
if i had never heard it, how would i know about it?
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Phraseology isn't necessarily spoken.
but he said that phrase 'does his head in'....i just asked how that was possible if it is not actually uttered.
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(Original post by elpaw)
if i had never heard it, how would i know about it?
you said, you see it on posters...and you probably hear it on ads, but no one actually says it. The implication was that it's a normal american phrase which gets on your nerves, i merely pointed out that it is not.
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(Original post by grace)
but he said that phrase 'does his head in'....i just asked how that was possible if it is not actually uttered.
It is possible; "to do one's head in" is not exclusive to spoken terminology, it is a phrase that can be used simply to express annoyance.
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"do my head in" was just an exaggerated figure of speech. if you dont like it, start a thread about it.
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hehe locker room
dont really do me head in, but some how thye found changing room not "man" enough :rolleyes:
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