Monday, May 31, 2010

Brits vs. North Amercians, or But we can't say that here

While in Spain the people whose house we'd swapped with had a cable package that was all BBC, all the time. It was great: we got to see a bunch of Top Gear episodes we hadn't seen before.

There was a commercial that I loved: It featured charming young ladies in bikinis, short shorts, and tight skirts all shot from behind. It was, of course, a commercial for their running shoes.

As I watched it, it occurred to me that this commercial couldn't be shown in North America because it was too explicit. It wasn't the images that was the problem, however: it was the language. The voice-over kept emphasizing how wearing these running shoes would give you a great "bum".

Sure enough, when the commercial showed up on North American TV, the young ladies were now getting a great "butt". Still an 'earthy' word but not offensive in North America, apparently.

And don't get me started on trying to take "fanny" from North America to England".

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