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    16 Jan '21 14:58
    @moonbus said
    "The man on the Clapham bus" refers to any normal, sensible person, any John Doe, and what he would do or think in a given situation.
    Yes, but exactly for that reason he'd prefer being referred to as commuting on the omnibus, not the 'bus. Bus is the everyday word, but the fixed expression uses the full term.
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    16 Jan '21 16:501 edit
    @shallow-blue said
    Yes, but exactly for that reason he'd prefer being referred to as commuting on the omnibus, not the 'bus. Bus is the everyday word, but the fixed expression uses the full term.
    I’ve heard both, and seen both in print.

    In either case, it is a phrase probably not familiar to Americans, unless they have spent time amongst British speakers.
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    17 Jan '21 02:36
    amongst and whilst
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    @handyandy said
    amongst and whilst
    Which would be UK and which would be U.S.A.?

    -VR
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    17 Jan '21 15:56
    Here's one that doesn't translate within the UK: turnip.
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    17 Jan '21 22:15
    “Public school” means two different things, on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
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    @indonesia-phil said
    Me neither.

    How about 'Toodle Pip'

    Goodbye (informal)

    Yes, it's 2.15am Indotime, we're flying at a ridiculous hour and I'm having 'suppose the alarm doesn't go off' anxiety. Hence....
    Haha, I do the exact same thing. Wake up every hour checking the time, and of course the alarm (both of them) always go off, worry for nothing.
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    There’s no topping a full English breakfast with “bangers.”
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