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American bedding.

Quick question: what are the American words for all the types of bedding? I actually know/understand none of them.

Question about circumcision....

I am writing my first story and just found this community.

The story is about Joe/Patrick. Obviously Joe is circumcised (figured that one out!) but I am writing the story as a coming of age and it is supposed to be the first circumcised penis that Patrick would have seen. Would that be accurate? Was circumcision uncommon in the midwestern US in the mid 80's?

Also, can somebody explain SATS to me? How do they work? Does everybody take them, or do you only take them if want to go to college, or what?

Thank you!
Two questions: would a chain like the Smoothie Hut be open on the Thanksgiving weekend? Some of the weekend/all of the weekend/none of it? And also, when you've been accepted to an American college and plan to stay in dorms, is there any form about roommates that you would fill out? e.g. if there was someone else you knew also planning to stay in the dorms, would you be able to ask to be roomed with them on paper? Thanks, guys!


To study fine art at college in the States, would people have to go to a specific art school, or a specific campus, or do most colleges offer it alongside other courses?

Or does it depend? Because it depends which school you get into in Australia, and I wasn't sure if it was the same overseas.
Is there a city/state close to Las Vegas where a family might drive to stay there for Christmas? Preferably a place that snows? How long would it take to drive there?

Thank you!
Yes, it's me again. As a recap for anyone who may not remember my various other posts: I'm an American writing a (what is turning out to be very long) fic set in England, London specifically, East End even more specifically, and I'm seeking assistance making the language sound authentically British. My current dilemmas stem from using a UK dictionary instead of US for my spellchecker, which for the most part is awesome but can sometimes be a little confusing.

1. Is it "mold" or "mould"? Not the green fuzzy stuff, but the verb, as in "molding out of clay". I asked some friends about this and one (from Australia) said mold, another (from Manchester) said mould, and a third (from Birmingham) said either. So can anyone here shed some light on how someone from London would spell it?

2. Is it "windshield" or "windscreen"? Australia votes the former, Manchester votes the latter. I would assume the friend from Manchester is correct, since Australia is a different continent after all, but I want to make sure.

3. Is it "footpath" or "pavement"? As before, Australia votes former, Manchester votes latter, and for the record I say "sidewalk". Again, just want to make sure.

4. On the subject of "any more": Over here we spell it as one word when we use it to mean "currently", as in "I don't work there anymore," and my spellchecker as well as all three friends agree that in the UK it's two words. However, the friend from Birmingham also mentioned something that caught me off guard, which is that over there it's not used to mean "currently", only "a larger amount". So "We don't carry that any more" wouldn't work, but "We don't carry any more of that" would. Thoughts? Is this a British thing that I have totally missed up until this point, or is it local to Birmingham, a northern thing, etc? Basically would someone from London use it in both instances, or just one?

That's it for now. Thank you guys so much--you're always so helpful. ♥

Quick question on British slang--

Would anyone from London (East End specifically) say "ickle", or is this more of a northerner's word?

Thank you, darlings. ♥

Alcohol preferences


So, I'm Australian and over here rum and coke is basically the drink of choice for boys aged 16-20, that or vodka, and I'm wondering if it's the same in the states or, if not, what is? 

Thanks in advance.

American Schooling

I would really love it if someone could help me with my recent dilemma's.

I am British living in Australia, and I am constantly writing fanfics based in America, during highschool years.

I would just like some help with:

1. When the school years start and finish

2. What the cut off age is for each year level

3. Some general American phrases, other than the obvious generic ones everyone knows

4. What the school day is normally structured like - i.e. Does it have 7 periods thirty minutes long with an hour lunch and a ten minute morning recess.

5. If there are 'elective' classes in Junior and Senior years

I would be so grateful if you could help me!

I was wonder if during college do they do role call like in elementary school or do they not even care?

I would appreciate the help.


Culture Clash - international writers' reference

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