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Jul. 15th, 2016

h/d black&grey pencil



Once upon a time, someone (a Britpicker, perhaps?) told me that British people simply do not use the word "already." I took this as gospel and have attempted to banish the word from my fic ever since. But wow, sometimes it's really hard to go without. Do y'all really not use the word already, or can I relax a little here?

ETA: Thank you so much, y'all! Just to clarify, in this (and almost every) instance, I mean already in the "it was like that before, and it's still like that now" sense, of "Harry is already qualified to be an Auror, and the training can be skipped." I may have occasionally used it in the other sense, where it means "hurry up and do that" but I wasn't asking about that and I'm very glad to know that the word is indeed used in England the way I almost always use it here in the states. THANKS!!

Jul. 3rd, 2016

h/d black&grey pencil


England/Britain/the UK?

Harry and Draco are talking, and Harry needs to refer to the nation they live in. Would he be most likely to say "Britain," "England," "the UK," or something else?

Draco gave him a look of curiosity, so Harry explained further. “I’ve had a law firm write them all, explaining that I am a private citizen and I have the right to sue them for libel in the Muggle courts. UK libel laws are damned impressive anyway. They’re even more impressive if you don’t understand them well, or have any idea of how to deal with Muggle courts.” Harry smirked.

“Granger,” Draco said, a look of understanding and amusement crossing his face.

Many thanks!

Feb. 24th, 2016



(no subject)

I know the term “supply teacher” is used in the UK for what in the US would be called a “substitute teacher.” In the story I’m writing, someone hires a barman to fill in for one who is taking an unscheduled day off. (If this scenario happens to be somewhat unlikely I’m not really concerned, though if it’s somehow startling or next to impossible, please let me know.)

Could the barman who’s hired in this situation be referred to as a “substitute barman” or should the working class Muggle Yorkshireman who’s talking about this use another term?

ETA: Thanks so much, everyone. You're all so wonderfully informative.

Feb. 7th, 2016



how long exactly may a class be going on?

hello there,
I was wondering about class- length and break - length and usage in Britain school systems (and if that would apply to hogwarts and in what way?)

here were I live depending on the grade and the type of school you are in, one class can last from 45 min up to 55 min (45 is usually for elementary school) and 50-55min are usual classes at middle to high school through there it might depend on what type of school) between each class there is a 5min break here (for some classes, who have to switch rooms the brake is just that: room-switching) though such classes are rare and most of our classes stay put and only the teachers go around (exceptions are chemistry, physics and biology in high school because we have some practical stuff in those classes)

we have double classes too- starting in elementary with PE and core- classes in the 2ed half of middle school education all the way through high school. in double classes most teachers skip breaks (through they are aware that they are doing it at their own risk because children's brains just shut down) but there should be breaks - so we are allowed to drink and if you can manage it without disturbing and drawing notice to it eat in class (you have to be sneaky through).

compared to this is the British system very different?

Jan. 3rd, 2016

h/d black&grey pencil


taxis, london, 1998

Harry is going back to Hogwarts for his 8th year! We're all so proud of him! ;) How might he get a taxi from Grimmauld Place to King’s Cross station? (Obviously there are other ways for a wizard to travel, but in this fic, he needs a Muggle ride. :)

So, in the USA, one might:
call a car service on the telephone and arrange for them to arrive at your home.
step outside and hail a cab from the sidewalk with a raised arm.
walk to a taxi stand and get the first cab in line, or wait until you are first in line!

Those are the only ways I know of that a Muggle could get a cab in the USA in 1998. And not all of those ways would be available in every place. Nowadays, of course, one could add Uber and Lyft, but those weren't available then. ;)

So, how would a Muggle catch a cab in London in 1998? Hermione will explain it all to Harry, so he will know just what to do. (When you tell me, that is. ;)

ETA: Oh! I need to know whether or not a cab driver would ever be called a "cabbie." If not, was there any other informal title I could use? Or is it just "taxi driver" and nothing else? :)

Dec. 26th, 2015




Was the verb "bung" still being used in 2010 by people of about thirty years of age?

Can "bung" be used in the passive voice? For example, would this sentence be possible? "It can't just be bunged into the bin."

Thanks for your help.

Nov. 24th, 2015



(no subject)

Would any -- or all -- of these be correct?

He was ignoring Charlie as often as he remembered, but just now he'd forgotten.
He was ignoring Charlie as often as he remembered to, but just now he’d forgotten.
He was ignoring Charlie as often as he remembered to do, but just now he’d forgotten.
He was ignoring Charlie as often as he remembered to do so, but just now he’d forgotten.

Thanks in advance for your help.

ETA: Thanks, everyone! You guys rock!

Nov. 21st, 2015

h/d black&grey pencil


slang for angry

If Draco made me angry, I would say he had pissed me off. I might say he'd narked me off, too. I am guessing this isn't the way a Brit would say it, but I searched through the tagged entries for a while and could not find anything about this idiom. Help?

Oct. 30th, 2015


schoolkid use of 'lie in' and 'it's a date'


Would 11 year olds (Scorpius Malfoy and Albus Severus Potter) use 'have a lie in' and 'it's a date' or are these phrases used more by adults?

For that matter, have I used 'it's a date' correctly in the following exchange?

‘It was, too,’ Scorpius agreed. ‘How about exploring the castle today and playing Gobstones after curfew?’

‘Brill. It’s a date.

Thanks so much. If you see anything else that's a bit funny/odd in what I've written (not just the dialogue - I mean this whole post), please don't hesitate to tell me!

Oct. 19th, 2015


American or British expression?

Hello everybody.

I stumbled by an expression in my beta work:

I need some glue, paper, string, and all that jazz to make a kite.

I was wondering is the expression in red is American or British. I think it's more American. I'm brit-picking so I should tell the author to change it if in BrE is not used so much. Right?

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