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Oh you silly Brits and your fake words.

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wait you mean you don' t use the word
fortnight' in america???
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We say "two weeks"
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User avatar #1 - demigodofmadness (12/13/2013) [-]
I was under the impression most of us knew what a fortnight was and we just didn't use it.
User avatar #77 to #1 - axeul (12/14/2013) [-]
Yeah I thought the same thing. Judging by the thumbs you're getting, a lot of other people think so too.
User avatar #3 to #1 - kanatana (12/14/2013) [-]
^^ What he said.

Though I'll be honest, the first time I read Harry Potter and they used that word, I was completely clueless.
User avatar #5 to #3 - demigodofmadness (12/14/2013) [-]
I think I learned it in elementary school.
#105 to #5 - moqa (12/14/2013) [-]
Is Mr. D your dad?
#117 - mrdrpage (12/14/2013) [-]
MFW Americans call the Drizzly Drop Delicacy Delight Motorized Rollingham an "Ice Cream Truck."
#151 to #117 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
is that the dude from the Hobbit?
User avatar #133 to #117 - waterbottlemanboy ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
That's the most British thing I've ever seen.
User avatar #126 to #117 - Loppytaffy (12/14/2013) [-]
It's an ice cream van. You don't be ******* with my childhood here.
#120 to #117 - straightbusta (12/14/2013) [-]
oh for pete's sake
oh for pete's sake
#18 - magjoeic (12/14/2013) [-]
We don't make up silly words, America just forgets them
User avatar #34 to #18 - heartlessrobot (12/14/2013) [-]
Because they are silly.
#50 to #34 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
That's why we forget them.
#134 to #50 - mitchr (12/14/2013) [-]
Newspeak is the best language.
#54 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
Fortnight is short for "Fourteen Nights"   
2 Weeks x 7 Days= 14 Days (Nights)   
Hope i helped
Fortnight is short for "Fourteen Nights"
2 Weeks x 7 Days= 14 Days (Nights)
Hope i helped
User avatar #81 to #54 - laelaps (12/14/2013) [-]
Thank you anon, I can't do basic math or understand common english prefixes and root words, You are the smarterest.
User avatar #112 - cubanwhiteman ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
>fourteen nights

******* clever brits, let me tell you.
#118 to #112 - icannotusecaps (12/14/2013) [-]
How did I just notice this?!?
How did I just notice this?!?
#124 to #122 - icannotusecaps (12/14/2013) [-]
I guess.
got dam doe
User avatar #58 - dickstick (12/14/2013) [-]
You know what all languages need, a word for the day after tomorrow, ***** annoying to say.
User avatar #82 to #58 - tormain (12/14/2013) [-]
in Dutch that is ''overmorgen''
User avatar #88 to #58 - alhemicar (12/14/2013) [-]
User avatar #140 to #58 - kyouko (12/14/2013) [-]
Most languages do.
User avatar #141 to #140 - dickstick (12/14/2013) [-]
Well **** English, we are to slow.
User avatar #147 to #141 - kyouko (12/14/2013) [-]
Yup, your way of saying it will always be connected to a ****** movie.
User avatar #148 to #147 - dickstick (12/14/2013) [-]
What ****** movie is that?
User avatar #152 to #148 - kyouko (12/14/2013) [-]
The Day After Tomorrow
#150 to #58 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
Polish has one, pojutrze
#161 to #58 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
Pasado mañana.
User avatar #62 to #58 - gongthehawkeye (12/14/2013) [-]
2 days.
User avatar #60 to #58 - napalmpie (12/14/2013) [-]
We have it in french.

User avatar #65 to #60 - dickstick (12/14/2013) [-]
I knew there was a way to say it in several other languages, but English doesn't want a word like that, no we want "twerk" and "selfie" in our dictionary...
User avatar #119 to #60 - tubaplayah ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
French is so interesting I have been trying to learn it but it gets really difficult.
#75 to #58 - fumari (12/14/2013) [-]
we germans say "übermorgen"
#59 to #58 - superpiccoyoshi (12/14/2013) [-]
Overmorrow is a word that is used to say "the day after tomorrow."
#64 to #59 - assassinninja (12/14/2013) [-]
This is my new favourite word. Thanks.
User avatar #114 to #64 - lateday (12/14/2013) [-]
It's obsolete. You'll sound like a dick saying it.
User avatar #4 - magicalsteve (12/14/2013) [-]
People still use that? I thought it was a middle ages thing...
User avatar #92 to #4 - toastandbananas (12/14/2013) [-]
so is having a queen/royal family
User avatar #6 to #4 - luthervonappledorf (12/14/2013) [-]
In England, nothing is just from the middle-ages.

We still use furlong for ***** sake.
#80 to #6 - dorklordrises (12/14/2013) [-]
Most snails' speed is roughly one furlong per fortnight
User avatar #83 to #6 - srskate (12/14/2013) [-]
Y'all make fun of us for the imperial system...

But you still use furlong?
User avatar #7 to #6 - bgskamikaze ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
what the **** is furlong
User avatar #9 to #7 - luthervonappledorf (12/14/2013) [-]
And you can imagine how useful that is.
User avatar #8 to #7 - toastycracker (12/14/2013) [-]
Bout an eighth of a mile.
User avatar #66 to #6 - xolotyl **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
I know a girl with the last name Furlong
User avatar #109 to #66 - ragingdouchbag (12/14/2013) [-]
Thats a really long last name.
#110 to #109 - xolotyl **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
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User avatar #11 to #10 - luthervonappledorf (12/14/2013) [-]
Unit of measuring distance. It's about 201 metres or an eighth of a mile.
#13 to #11 - mrchris (12/14/2013) [-]
Don't be fooled, American's use the term "Cubic Ton"
#84 to #13 - bann ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
I've lived in 7 cities in 7 states none of them bordering one another and I've never heard anyone use that but I did learn about it, so I'm sure it's probably used somewhere
User avatar #132 to #84 - mrchris (12/14/2013) [-]
Furlong is a stupid way of saying an 8th of a mile yeah sure but cubic ton? Realllly? Both terms are outdated and cubic ton is about the same as 40 logs not sure how that makes sense.
#160 to #132 - bann ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
I don't think anyone says cubic ton though, I've heard metric ton far more often.
User avatar #162 to #160 - mrchris (12/14/2013) [-]
Cubic ton like furlong are old measurements, cubic ton was used in America not sure on it's full meaning but I think lumberjacks used it.
User avatar #12 to #11 - demandsgayversion (12/14/2013) [-]
Why would that ever be useful? What's even that distance?
User avatar #31 to #12 - zakaizer (12/14/2013) [-]
Horse races, mainly.
#39 - ltbuttstrong ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
You know why it's called a fortnight?

Because it's fourteen nights
#40 to #39 - Edensfire (12/14/2013) [-]
Well. Thank you, I had no idea.
#43 to #39 - dross (12/14/2013) [-]
I genuinely thought you were going to say 'because it's the length of a battle at the fort of....' or whatever.

That's about the only word in English with a sensible meaning. The rest I swear some drunk toff made up while waiting for his peasants to roast him a pig in 1322 AD.
#49 to #43 - ltbuttstrong ONLINE (12/14/2013) [-]
I wish that's what it was :/

A lot of English isn't technically English. It's taken from other cultures as they were encountered and mingled with/absorbed. A lot is nonsensical now because it's so old and without context.

Fun fact, most of the days of the week have simple explanations. Monday is Moon day, Tuesday is Tyr's Day, Wednesday is Woden's (Odin) Day, Thursday is Thors Day, Friday is Freyja's Day, Saturday is Saturn's Day and Sunday is, well, Sun Day. It's a little more complicated than that technically, but that's the bottom line.
User avatar #19 - monkeysniper (12/14/2013) [-]
America did use fortnight, it's just an older word that has fallen out of common use, like saying something is gay (as in happy)
#37 to #19 - gtfomylawnbish (12/14/2013) [-]
I believe I'd sock someone in their ****** mouth for saying fortnight here.
#111 to #19 - thunderdownunder (12/14/2013) [-]
Americans used fortnight... When Americans were still English.
Americans used fortnight... When Americans were still English.
#44 - dross (12/14/2013) [-]
Pot Noodle
Jogging bottoms

A lot of words I use and American mates go.... sorry what?
#61 to #44 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
User avatar #70 to #44 - xolotyl **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
What kind of dumb ass people don't know what sweetcorn and chips mean...
User avatar #76 to #70 - sanguinesolitude (12/14/2013) [-]
sweetcorn refers to a type of corn in America, while any corn eaten off the cob is referred to as sweetcorn by brits. or are you a dumb ass who didn't know that?

But yeah most Americans know that brits call french fries chips, mostly due to fish and chips.
#86 to #76 - xolotyl **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
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User avatar #102 to #86 - sanguinesolitude (12/14/2013) [-]
Most americans would not know by sweetcorn you meant cut kernels of corn. Nor would they be a dumbass for not knowing that particular usage. Sweetcorn here refers to several varietals of eating corn, rather than feedcorn, popping corn, waxy corn, etc.
User avatar #57 to #44 - xdeathspawnx (12/14/2013) [-]
bungalow. sweetcorn, and pasty are nowhere near exclusive to England, and motorway and jogging bottoms are close enough to our words that most people would know what you are talking about.

I'm american and the only word I had never heard of was pot noodle, and it seems that that is just an english brand of ramen. tl;dr: your friends may just be dumb.
User avatar #123 to #57 - straightbusta (12/14/2013) [-]
Nah, pot noodle is what is means, noodles in pots. What you call ramen is what we call packet noodles.
#159 to #123 - xdeathspawnx (12/14/2013) [-]
then what is this
#167 to #159 - straightbusta (12/15/2013) [-]
It's lunch, mate
User avatar #14 - barenoizedub (12/14/2013) [-]
England man here, I have come to say that nobody here commonly uses fortnight but we do all know what it means. Have a good day rest of the world. England man out.
User avatar #113 to #14 - lordmoldywart (12/14/2013) [-]
Depending on the region it is still a commonly used word
User avatar #130 to #14 - theturtletrolley (12/14/2013) [-]
Don't know if it's because of counties or whatnot but I'm in Lincolnshire and everyone I know, myself included says fortnight instead of two weeks
User avatar #163 to #14 - commonly (12/14/2013) [-]
I don't know what your talking about mate I use fortnight.
User avatar #165 to #14 - barenoizedub (12/15/2013) [-]
To all the British people that disagreed with me that were also Brits, I am sorry but I did indeed mean nobody I know, not nobody in general, sorry. Also I'm 20, not a 10 year old who hasn't had time to hear people potentially say it, I live down south in Portsmouth currently. (for uni)
#35 to #14 - unholyjebus (12/14/2013) [-]
I'm British and at least with my upbringing it was very commonly used.
User avatar #47 to #35 - srapture (12/14/2013) [-]
Me too. I think by "nobody here" he meant "nobody I know".
User avatar #45 to #14 - romdomcom (12/14/2013) [-]
I use it all the time, so does everyone I know.
User avatar #90 - Swenz (12/14/2013) [-]
If Brits measure being civilized by the amount of words then no one has come close to being as civilized as the Romans yet.
User avatar #98 to #90 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
Also, grammar and punctuation.
User avatar #121 to #98 - colonelroymustang (12/14/2013) [-]
Well, the Romans didn't have much punctuation at all, so how does that effect their score?
#127 to #121 - dontknowmeatall (12/14/2013) [-]
They didn't need them. Latin is an agglutinative language, which means that a word's ending determines its meaning. although I don't know much Latin, I can put an example with a language I speak a little: Japanese. See how it works:
Taberu - to eat
Tabemasu - to eat (polite)
*********** - [someone] ate (subject is implied).
Tabetai - [someone] want to eat
Tabetakunai - [someone] don't want to eat
Tabetakunakatta - [someone] didn't want to eat
Tabetakunakattane - [someone] didn't want to eat, right?

As you can see, the language can be perfectly expressed without any punctuation, just by context. That's why Latin didn't have any punctuation and Japanese has no spaces. Thus, the lack of it is not a problem for the language and therefore it doesn't affect the development of culture.
User avatar #131 to #127 - colonelroymustang (12/14/2013) [-]
I actually took two years of Latin. And there are entirely too many endings to any given word. Three to five letters at the end of any word in a sentence can entirely change the meaning of the whole sentence. I was just making a joke of the lack of punctuation.
And the examples you gave aren't an entirely accurate portrayal of Latin declension. There's at the most basic level five endings for the different parts of speech with variations to acknowledge whether a word is feminine, masculine, or neuter as well as singular or plural. You have genitive, dative, ablative, nominative, and accusative- with nominative representing the primary subject; genitive being possessive; dative being the indirect object and accusative being the direct object; and ablative being the manner in which the action is executed. Of course, there's more complex variation on that. For example, the word in the ablative case will have a different declension based on whether its describing the action performed by any of the subjects within the sentence assuming multiple nouns are present.
Needless to say, I could not handle Latin. Not good with languages.
User avatar #166 to #131 - Swenz (12/15/2013) [-]
> For example, the word in the ablative case will have a different declension
You wot m8? Words do not change declension (other than the occasional noun being 2nd declension at times and 4th at others (i.e domus) and assholes like corpus, corporis being 3rd). The exception to this are verbs being used as nouns, but that's a given and isn't the same as a word changing declension unless you meant the ending, which is simply that: a possible ending for that declension. I understand that you could use declension to refer to a single ending, but I've always seen declension used to refer to the entire set of endings over which it resides.
User avatar #168 to #166 - colonelroymustang (12/16/2013) [-]
Yea, you're right. I was being pants on head and used declension to mean one possible ending rather than a group of endings. Been a while since I brushed up on all that.
User avatar #169 to #168 - Swenz (12/16/2013) [-]
No problem, it happens. It could be worse, you could do Latins like the Germans do. We had an exchange student from Germany and her and I were talking about Latin. It turns out they do their principle parts as: Pugnare, pugno, pugnavi, pugnatum. Instead of the regular: Pugno, pugnare, pugnavi, pugnatus. Theirs is correct, it just bothers me. They also pronounce their Vs as a V rather than the classical pronunciation of W.
User avatar #170 to #169 - colonelroymustang (12/16/2013) [-]
All they did was look at the parts in a different order. Might of just been her raffling them off rather than going through subsequently since the parts can come in a sentence in any order anyway.
User avatar #171 to #170 - Swenz (12/16/2013) [-]
Well they did that and change the gender of the fourth principal part into neuter instead of masculine. It doesn't really seem like much, but I plan on going into linguistics in college and she really enjoys languages too so we would always fight about it (in the friendly kind of way).
User avatar #172 to #171 - colonelroymustang (12/16/2013) [-]
Huh, didn't even notice it when I read your comment, I wonder which way's more correct. I've never been big on languages. All I'm doing for college is getting an EMT certification.
User avatar #173 to #172 - Swenz (12/16/2013) [-]
Both are correct, just different forms of each other. It's basically the same as poking fun at someone's accent. It's not wrong, it's just the way they do it. I'm big into languages I know English (derp), I'm fluent in Spanish (although it's been a little while), four years of Latin, a year of Ancient Greek (worst year of my life), and a bit of German.
User avatar #174 to #173 - colonelroymustang (12/16/2013) [-]
That's really impressive. English is my native language, so I'd damn well hope I knew it by now- but the only other languages I have experience with is two years of Latin and some Russian from a friend. With Russian I can get a general idea of what I'm being told but have no sense of spelling, grammar, punctuation, or even the alphabet.
User avatar #175 to #174 - Swenz (12/16/2013) [-]
My German is about the same as your Russian. Greek was the hardest ever. It's like Latin, but with a new alphabet and one less declension. That sounds nice at first, until you realize that all it's uses then have to be spread out into the cases. Guess what kiss it was. I'll give you a hint: It was the ablative. All those random uses just got even more random and spread out into the other cases. It's terrible.
#136 to #131 - dontknowmeatall (12/14/2013) [-]
Wow, you're lucky. I wanted to take Latin but there are no teachers where I live. The only way is to get into a Catholic seminary in the capital.
User avatar #143 to #136 - colonelroymustang (12/14/2013) [-]
Where do you live? I took mine as a high school level course through one of the colleges since the school I was at only offered German, French, or Spanish but did accept outside course credits.
#149 to #143 - dontknowmeatall (12/14/2013) [-]
Tabasco, Mexico. My university offers Mandarin, Hebrew, German, English, French, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese. I'm taking the last five. They're extracurricular, my major only includes English and either French or Italian, it's one's choice. Where do you live? High schools here don't offer languages, just mandatory English.
User avatar #154 to #149 - colonelroymustang (12/14/2013) [-]
United States. We only have two years mandatory for languages but they usually only offer German, English, Spanish, or French. Fortunately, outside schooling options are diverse and largely feasible enough that putting in some extra time opens up your options to any language offered at a high school level by accepted educators.
#155 to #154 - dontknowmeatall (12/14/2013) [-]
That's cool. here there are only two or three language schools besides the uni, and they're pretty expensive considering the average wage. For me, it's either here or nowhere.
#138 to #136 - vicmal (12/14/2013) [-]
#142 to #138 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
My thought...
#139 to #138 - dontknowmeatall (12/14/2013) [-]
I'm taking a major in Languages. I can discuss them wherever the **** I want. Mangez merde de cheval, if you don't like it.
#153 to #146 - dontknowmeatall (12/14/2013) [-]
Ah, mira! un cabroncito que habla español! Yo jodo a quien se me antoja, mejor bájale a tu pedo.
#156 to #153 - vicmal (12/14/2013) [-]
No creo que realmente saben algún idioma .....
#157 to #156 - dontknowmeatall (12/14/2013) [-]
Hablo español de nacimiento, soy escritor, he ganado concursos de ortografía estatales y doy clases de español para extranjeros. Io sono anche studente d'italiano, je parle un peu de Français, falo um poquinho de português e trabalho num hôtel, e 日本語も話すよ。 Don't mess with me.
#158 to #157 - vicmal (12/14/2013) [-]
User avatar #85 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
Wasn't this on front page 14 days ago?
User avatar #87 to #85 - alhemicar (12/14/2013) [-]
oh you mean a fortnight ago?
User avatar #91 to #87 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
No...336 hours ago..
User avatar #93 to #91 - alhemicar (12/14/2013) [-]
***** that be 20,340 minutes ago
User avatar #97 to #93 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
1209600 seconds actually
User avatar #99 to #97 - alhemicar (12/14/2013) [-]
Oh, like 12096 * 10^5 μs ?
User avatar #101 to #99 - alhemicar (12/14/2013) [-]
actually, no, it'd be * 10^8

I'm a failure
User avatar #104 to #101 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
It's ok, I have no idea either
#103 to #99 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
Kinda yeah
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User avatar #96 to #95 - alhemicar (12/14/2013) [-]
#89 to #85 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
You mean..a fortnight ago?
User avatar #94 to #89 - wetpantshaha **User deleted account** (12/14/2013) [-]
No...20160 minutes ago...
#56 - blacktomcruise (12/14/2013) [-]
I say fortnight...like....the Colonel puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes me crave it fortnightly
User avatar #79 - laelaps (12/14/2013) [-]
I don't what the **** these guys are talking about. I'm American and I've always used fortnight, its just that referring to the passage of two weeks rarely comes up in conversation so its not a commonly used word.
User avatar #55 - xdeathspawnx (12/14/2013) [-]
just because some stupid 13 year old on tumblr doesn't know what a fortnight is doesn't mean that all Americans don't understand it. It's just an old fashioned word that barely anybody uses anymore, like doth, thou, nay, or score for 20.
User avatar #67 to #55 - whycanticaps (12/14/2013) [-]
so two score is 40?
User avatar #68 to #67 - xdeathspawnx (12/14/2013) [-]
yes. When Lincoln said four score and seven years ago in the Gettysburg Address, he meant 87 years.
User avatar #69 to #68 - whycanticaps (12/14/2013) [-]
I've never read or heard of the Gettysburg Address......
User avatar #72 to #69 - sanguinesolitude (12/14/2013) [-]
must not be american then
User avatar #71 to #69 - xdeathspawnx (12/14/2013) [-]
"four Score and Seven Years Ago" is one of the most famous American history quotes, like "give me liberty or give me death." I wouldn't expect you to know it if you aren't American though.
User avatar #73 to #71 - whycanticaps (12/14/2013) [-]
ya, not a 'murican
User avatar #15 - danmanjonesnz (12/14/2013) [-]
I use fortnight when it applies. From NZ.
#16 to #15 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
My neckbeard senses are tingling...
User avatar #20 to #16 - danmanjonesnz (12/14/2013) [-]
no neckbeard.. it's not uncommon here.
#46 - restfullwicked (12/14/2013) [-]
its a saxon word, short for fourteen nights. like australians saying g'day.
#48 to #46 - anon (12/14/2013) [-]
g'day means fourteen nights?
#51 to #48 - restfullwicked (12/14/2013) [-]
g'day is a shorthand to replace a two longer words. No one likes a smartarse.
#116 to #48 - underhatten (12/14/2013) [-]
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