What are the chances that Fox's new time travel/dinosaur show
"Terra Nova" will succeed? The premise looks interesting, but doesn't
something like "Terra Nova" better suited for the big screen? My
experience with shows like "Terra Nova" is that they do gain some fans
but they don't succeed because they are too expensive to make.
In Australia we use "Autumn" instead of "Fall".
I suppose "Fall" is derived from leaves falling in this season.
It is the only American word I just can't get used to.
Do Americans use the word Autumn in any context?
I have a niece by marriage who lives in America.
Her married surname is "Walker", which is pronounced something like
When I was in the USA quite some time back, I asked for a "coke", and the
girl thought I was asking for a "cake".
In England I was in trouble for not pronouncing words like "Fenwick" as
"Fennick" and "Serven" (a river) as "Seven". The famous one is
"Cholmondeley" pronounced as "Chumley".
Thank goodness all we people can communicate by posts!
If only there were some sort of newsgroup about English usage, where
questions like this could be answered. :-) In fact, I'm crossposting
"Fall" is, I think, more common in the US than "autumn", but
"autumn" is also used and is not regarded as "foreign", like
"biscuit" for "cookie".
That seems odd. Where in the US?
[followups to a.u.e]
WTF? Since when is "biscuit" not in the American dialect?
Cookie maker Nabisco = National Biscuit Company.
Nabisco is one of Kraft's billion-dollar brands. Its roots date back to
1898 when the United States Baking Company, the New York Biscuit Company
and the American Biscuit & Manufacturing Company formed to become the
National Biscuit Company. The name Nabisco first appeared on a new sugar
wafer product in 1901, but the corporate name did not change from National
Biscuit Company to Nabisco, Inc. until 1971. Kraft acquired the Nabisco
business in December 2000. Today, Nabisco's brands include some of the
best-known cookies and crackers in the world, including Chips Ahoy!, Oreo
There are people in the U.S. who collect their 100-year-old biscuit tins.
He didn't say it wasn't in the American dialect.
It's just that Americans call biscuits "cookies", and they call cookies (or
something like them) "biscuits".
So the word is certainly in American dialects, but it means something
different from what it means to people who speak other dialects.
I looked to see what Mrs Beeton has to say about "cupcakes". She doesn't
mention them, but she does give a recipe for a "saucer cake". This was
apparently a cake suitable for eating with a cup of tea. The name comes
from the method of serving. A slice of the cake would be put on the
saucer holding the tea cup.
Fanny Cradock is hardly known at all to the Internet generation, it
appears. But nonetheless she and her recipes will be a better guide to
what constitutes a cake in a paper cake cup than Mrs Beeton is, given
that the paper liners don't appear to have become a mass-market item
until the 20th century.
Mike said (but he didn'#t mention Fanny Cradock): [..]
Odd that you should think so: she is widely mentioned according to
Google, but she is not associated with cupcakes.
But nonetheless she and her recipes will be a better guide to
Paper cases are not essential. My mother baked fairycakes (in what would
probably now be known as a muffin tin) without paper cases.
You seem to know as much about cake baking as you do about netiquette.
You said "cakes" before, and you haven't done your research. She's
widely mentioned in those Google results _in direct association with_
cakes. There's a quotation of her directly dealing with cakes in the
much-mirrored Wikipedia article about her. But it lacks a source, and I
suspect that, like the several contradictory variations of a
much-repeated quotation by Johnnie Cradock, it is apocryphal. For
someone who was on television for 20 years, there is very little on the
WWW about her in comparison to modern television celebrities (whose
every speeding ticket is a matter for news columns, it seems) and very
little indeed of her actual cookery.
A cup is essential to a _cup_ cake. How your mother baked a _fairy_
cake is irrelevant to what M. Duncanson was saying, and of no use at all
in determining what he was attempting to determine.