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Sep. 29th, 2018


momatu

Athletics Professor or Games Professor, or Master?

Hey there all!  I have a quick question, if Hogwarts started a new class after the war like a PE or a gym class where the students were taught Muggle sports like football and tennis, etc., what would the professor be called?  Muggle Athletics Professor or Muggle Games Professor, and should it be Professor or Master?  I remember in Agatha Christie's Cat Among the Pigeone the position was called the Games Mistress.  That book was set in the 30s I believe, so the term could be outdated.  The only position I remember using Master or Mistress in canon was Potions.  Thanks in advance for your help!  Everyone here is always so helpful.  Please know how appreciated it is.

Jun. 29th, 2018

dark and scary

unbroken_halo

Birthday/Age celebrations?

I hope this makes sense. I checked the memories first, but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. Also, my Google-fu wasn't up to snuff tonight. So here goes... in the US, we mark certain birthdays/ages milestones; 16, 18, 21, etc. In most states, you can acquire a driver's permit at 16 and some parents buy cars for their teenagers for this birthday. When I turned 21, I wouldn't let anyone buy me an alcoholic drink until I had bought my first one.

Are there specific British traditions for ages/birthdays? I found one site that mentioned presents are opened first thing in the morning when the child wakes. The cake is for later in the day and lavishly decorated. Small children are given "bumps". Loved that much more than our traditional birthday spankings. For older children, a house key was given to those coming of age signifying that they could come and go as they pleased, but that this had fallen out of fashion?

I know that JKR mentioned that at 17, magical maturity, the Trace was removed from underage witches and wizards wands, but what I am looking for are some other things Hermione might have shared with her parents. Muggle things that she might recall with fondness, something she might want to do with her children, or something that she and her parents would do early since her birthday fell on a day after she was already away at Hogwarts.

Thanks in advance!
Halo

Jun. 10th, 2018


momatu

Tail over teakettle, or ass (or arse) over teakettle

I saw this expression online when I was looking for British slang Harry might use in 1998, and I absolutely love it.  Does it fit with Harry and the time period, though?  For context, people crowded into a large stadium are pushing and shoving, craning forward for a better vew, and he thinks someone's going to pitch themselves over the railing.  I love the sound of it, but I'm not sure it fits the scene.  I think it sounds too light, where it's a heavy scene and he's very anxious and wants it to be over.  

Jun. 9th, 2018


momatu

Cheek by jowl

Hey all!  Can someone tell me whether "cheek by jowl" is an expression Harry would use to describe a very crowded placed in 1998?  Is it outdated or not something an 18-year-old would say?

May. 18th, 2018

drunk, drunk Jian Yi, 19 Days, Jian Yi, Old Xian

fangqueen

"Creep"

Just caught myself putting this in fic, and I wasn't sure: is creep a word that an older person from the UK might use? As in, "I'm such a creep", aka pervert.

If not, what are some similar words they might use in that context?

May. 3rd, 2018

khalulu, kanji

khalulu

"What's with him?"

Might "What's with him?" be used as a comment on odd behavior in British English (by any kind of British English speaker)? The context is just someone showing up and behaving somewhat oddly and leaving, and then someone else making a comment. Not angry or annoyed, just remarking that it was a strange way to act. If not, do you have any other suggestions? The one making the comment is not a major character so that's why I'm asking if there's anyone who might say it, rather than whether X type of person might.

Thanks, if there's anyone around to answer!

Feb. 28th, 2018


tavia_d

About dating

Hi everyone!
I'm beta-reading a Harry/Draco fic and I'm having some trouble with the differences between the meaning of dating in BrE and AmE.

I know that in BrE date is: A date is an appointment to meet someone or go out with them, especially someone with whom you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship. If you have a date with someone with whom you are having, or may soon have, a romantic relationship, you can refer to that person as your date.

In AmE date is: an appointment for a set time, esp. one for a social engagement with a person of the opposite sex (no romantic relationship or sexual interest - or at least not on the first few dates).

And now my question.
In AmE Cho was Harry's date. But there was no romantic involvement between them. They just kissed once and it was awkward at best. So in BrE you can't call Cho Harry's date. What do you call her? How can you call Harry and Cho's .... whatever it was?

Thank you so much for all your help.

Jan. 24th, 2018

tygershark

Need slang phrase for being played/manipulated

Hello, I am in the process of writing a Harry Potter story and I am looking for a slang phrase for being played or manipulated. I am an American and I'm hoping to avoid as many americanisms as possible. My context is thus: one character is telling another character that they've been manipulated. In the US a slang phrase would be "you've been played like a two-bit fiddle." Two bits refers to a quarter-dollar and is roughly 17p. In other words, someone has been played like a cheap fiddle or violin. Is there a British-English equivalent to this phrase?  Thank you in advance for any help. 

Dec. 7th, 2017

tiger

timetiger

(no subject)

I'm looking for a way to refer to the hem of a skirt, dress, gown etc. that has been accidentally caught up in such a way that it's no longer hanging down freely.

"Hitched up" and "hiked up" are the phrases that occur to me, but as the OED has never heard of either I'm assuming they're exclusively American.

A Scottish word or phrase would be ideal.

Thank you for your help.

Nov. 13th, 2017


momatu

Americanism?

Hello all!

I'm beta reading a fic for an upcoming fest, and the writer has George make a comment to Harry that to my ears sounds very American.  Do you think George would say:  "Time's a-wasting"  He is being somewhat teasing/mocking in the scene, if the context makes a difference.  It doesn't just sound American to me, but specifically from the South, and from someone much older than George.  I can't help but think if he did say it, it would be said in fun, the same way an American might say "Oh, bloody hell."  (And definitely no -g at the end of the -ing.  "Time's a-waistin'")

What do you think?

As always, thank you all for your help!

M

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