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  • #31
    Re: American vocab

    Originally posted by TBEagle View Post
    notsureifsrs?
    pulp fiction
    never seen it. who wrote it?

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    • #32
      Re: American vocab

      Originally posted by Ronnie Danjer View Post
      never seen it. who wrote it?
      J. D. Sallinger.

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      • #33
        Re: American vocab

        Originally posted by Archduke View Post
        J. D. Sallinger.
        Oh ya? She's my favourite author.

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        • #34
          Re: American vocab

          Yes, 'breather' is perfectly good American English. I have heard it all my life. It is not an obsolete, regional, or quaint word.

          You can also check for American English words and phrases very easily on line:

          Merriam-Webster Dictionary

          You will find 'breather' there in the sense that you mean.

          "The fact that you have seen professionals write poorly is no reason for you to imitate them." - ComicBent.

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          • #35
            Re: American vocab

            Yeah, I would say I use "take a breather" in exactly the same context the OP intended fairly regularly.

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            • #36
              Re: American vocab

              If someone told me they took a breather after skiing, I would have them qualify their statement.

              It's not something a regular joe would say, but apparently to others it is.

              I've heard of it and know what it means, but I personally would find it odd.
              The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost

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              • #37
                Re: American vocab

                Originally posted by zenplato View Post
                If someone told me they took a breather after skiing, I would have them qualify their statement.

                It's not something a regular joe would say, but apparently to others it is.

                I've heard of it and know what it means, but I personally would find it odd.
                I just took four massive bong hits. I could use a breather.

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                • #38
                  Re: American vocab

                  Originally posted by ihavebiglips View Post
                  I just took four massive bong hits. I could use a breather.
                  Ahh, gotcha...that makes perfect sense.
                  The best way out is always through. - Robert Frost

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                  • #39
                    Re: American vocab

                    "Breather" in the US implies taking a longer break, as in "taking a breather from a relationship."

                    And in Mississippi, every soft drink is indeed a "Coke," except among the really old geezers when I was growing up, who called it a "Co-Cola," even if it was an orange soda.

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                    • #40
                      Re: American vocab

                      Originally posted by TBEagle View Post
                      matters what part of america, for example in the south we say soda and in the north they say pop. WTF kind of word is "pop"
                      but yes, yes it is
                      Depends on what part of the South. In the South I grew up in (TN and GA) we all say "coke" for any generic soda. We also say "soda," but mostly "coke." Most of the South I've been in, that's what they say. I hear "soda" but not nearly as much.

                      It's really dumb.
                      "Tact's just 'not saying true stuff.' " - Cordelia Chase

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                      • #41
                        Re: American vocab

                        Originally posted by Optimus View Post
                        Depends on what part of the South. In the South I grew up in (TN and GA) we all say "coke" for any generic soda. We also say "soda," but mostly "coke." Most of the South I've been in, that's what they say. I hear "soda" but not nearly as much.

                        It's really dumb.
                        Mostly "Coke" in West TN and MS. Hardly ever "soda."

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