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Chromium - For Ms. Hyatt:

Here is a brief guide to American slang. Most of this you probably know already, so I apologize in advance. Hopefully, some of this might be helpful:

"gas" = petrol

"soccer" = football

"football" = mechanized sci-fi rugby

"elevator" = lift

"lift" = a free ride (e.g. "could I get a lift to the roflcat market? I need to pick up a bottle of awesomesauce."

"wolf tickets" = no one knows what the fuck this is outside of parts of California. I assume it is a carnival ride.

"hella" = very (again this is predominantly a Californian thing)

"eightball" = a measurement of crack cocaine or crystal meth

a "check" at a restaurant = bill

"pitcher" of beer = jug

"pharmacy" or "drugstore" = "chemist" or "apothecary"

a "trunk" in a vehicle = boot

"first floor" of a building = ground floor

"second floor" = "first floor" (however, I maintain that y'all are the weird ones)

"a rubber" = this is NOT a pencil eraser!

"Fosters" = an obscure beer that every American thinks Australians drink. If anyone asks you about "Fosters" it is proper etiquette to punch them in the face.

"grill" (noun) = barbeque

"barbeque" (noun) = a category of awesome food

"lolburger" = "lolburger" (pronounced differently though)

"fanny" = innocuous, slightly childish word for one's bum. Not kidding. Related: a "fanny pack" is literally just an unfashionable unisex purse worn attached to a waste strap that is mildly useful if you do a lot of jogging.

"bum" = a homeless person, a bad fighter, or both. No one here actually uses the word to describe buttocks.

"tipping" = a practice that most foreigners fail at (4 real u might want 2 read a guide 2 American tipping; waiters and waitresses in particular depend on it for their livelihood).

"health" = something most Americans fail at.

Others feel free to add, as there are a lot of tips and tricks to living in America that aren't always obvious or commonly depicted in American media.


LOL :) Thanks for all the information!! I only knew a couple of these :)

By the way I actually tipped every meal last time I was over!! 15% for an okay meal, 20% for a great meal yes??


15% is the old number (not a big deal though). It's actually ~18% now for decent service now. 20% or more for excellent service. There are legit perks to tipping a lot if you're a regular btw. For instance, if I go to my local IHOP and I want my pancakes changed to salad or broccoli, they'll do it happily because they know I eat fast and that I routinely tip 25% or more.

Other common situations where you tip:
-pizza/chinese/whatever delivery (15% is fine rounded up, unless they're really late; delivery people are in the same boat as waiters, as far as income; usually you do not tip for carry-out)
-hair stylist / salon (18% or more)
-taking a taxi (15% rounded up is fine)

Slightly less common:
-bellhop at a hotel ($1-2 a bag, depending on weight)
-bars (I'm a little hazy on this but tipping the bartender $1 a drink is probably okay, or $2 for a really expensive drink; someone correct me if I'm wrong; if you keep a tab just tip like 20% at the end of the night or something)
-Starbucks or other coffee-centric cafes: tipping is completely optional but it is proper to put a dollar in the tip jar if the barista is really cute.

Rare but important:
-curbside check-in at an airport (you probably won't even encounter this, since most airports don't do this; however, tip $1-2 a bag or $2-3 for a really fucking heavy bag; if you tip nothing, there is a slim but distinct possibility that your bags will be delivered to Alaska)

In places where there are no waiters or waitresses, you don't tip (and often don't have the option)

People here might argue about the specifics but that's a rough guide.
3/18/13 3:08 AM
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Daht - I hope you make it out here to Vegas for the TUF finale, being they are holding tryouts for the next season right after :)


Let's see how I go at 115lbs on April 5th first :) Thanks for all the support & kind words guys!!


If you show up and grapple and do respectable, while making it known on your resume what your normal fighting weight is, you still have a lot to gain even if you don't get on the show. You could leave enough of an impression that when they open up a W125 or W115 division you could still end up on the short list when they try and decide who to sign.
3/18/13 11:15 AM
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RowdyBec - 
Chromium - For Ms. Hyatt:

Here is a brief guide to American slang. Most of this you probably know already, so I apologize in advance. Hopefully, some of this might be helpful:

"gas" = petrol

"soccer" = football

"football" = mechanized sci-fi rugby

"elevator" = lift

"lift" = a free ride (e.g. "could I get a lift to the roflcat market? I need to pick up a bottle of awesomesauce."

"wolf tickets" = no one knows what the fuck this is outside of parts of California. I assume it is a carnival ride.

"hella" = very (again this is predominantly a Californian thing)

"eightball" = a measurement of crack cocaine or crystal meth

a "check" at a restaurant = bill

"pitcher" of beer = jug

"pharmacy" or "drugstore" = "chemist" or "apothecary"

a "trunk" in a vehicle = boot

"first floor" of a building = ground floor

"second floor" = "first floor" (however, I maintain that y'all are the weird ones)

"a rubber" = this is NOT a pencil eraser!

"Fosters" = an obscure beer that every American thinks Australians drink. If anyone asks you about "Fosters" it is proper etiquette to punch them in the face.

"grill" (noun) = barbeque

"barbeque" (noun) = a category of awesome food

"lolburger" = "lolburger" (pronounced differently though)

"fanny" = innocuous, slightly childish word for one's bum. Not kidding. Related: a "fanny pack" is literally just an unfashionable unisex purse worn attached to a waste strap that is mildly useful if you do a lot of jogging.

"bum" = a homeless person, a bad fighter, or both. No one here actually uses the word to describe buttocks.

"tipping" = a practice that most foreigners fail at (4 real u might want 2 read a guide 2 American tipping; waiters and waitresses in particular depend on it for their livelihood).

"health" = something most Americans fail at.

Others feel free to add, as there are a lot of tips and tricks to living in America that aren't always obvious or commonly depicted in American media.


LOL :) Thanks for all the information!! I only knew a couple of these :)

By the way I actually tipped every meal last time I was over!! 15% for an okay meal, 20% for a great meal yes??


15% is the old number (not a big deal though). It's actually ~18% now for decent service now. 20% or more for excellent service. There are legit perks to tipping a lot if you're a regular btw. For instance, if I go to my local IHOP and I want my pancakes changed to salad or broccoli, they'll do it happily because they know I eat fast and that I routinely tip 25% or more.

Other common situations where you tip:
-pizza/chinese/whatever delivery (15% is fine rounded up, unless they're really late; delivery people are in the same boat as waiters, as far as income; usually you do not tip for carry-out)
-hair stylist / salon (18% or more)
-taking a taxi (15% rounded up is fine)

Slightly less common:
-bellhop at a hotel ($1-2 a bag, depending on weight)
-bars (I'm a little hazy on this but tipping the bartender $1 a drink is probably okay, or $2 for a really expensive drink; someone correct me if I'm wrong; if you keep a tab just tip like 20% at the end of the night or something)
-Starbucks or other coffee-centric cafes: tipping is completely optional but it is proper to put a dollar in the tip jar if the barista is really cute.

Rare but important:
-curbside check-in at an airport (you probably won't even encounter this, since most airports don't do this; however, tip $1-2 a bag or $2-3 for a really fucking heavy bag; if you tip nothing, there is a slim but distinct possibility that your bags will be delivered to Alaska)

In places where there are no waiters or waitresses, you don't tip (and often don't have the option)

People here might argue about the specifics but that's a rough guide.

Thanks for all this, I wasn't too far off :) America is cheaper than Australia so it all adds up anyway!!


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