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monzac
618712.  Mon Sep 28, 2009 1:25 am Reply with quote

In another thread I wrote this question:
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Did you do a Naomi Watts in Austria?

and received the following response:
Quote:
I wonder what is a "Naomi Watts"?

It seems that such use of noun phrases is typical of Australian English. I didn't realise that it was an example of local usage. This emerged in discussion last night. Now I understand why the comment above was made in response.

 
Rudolph Hucker
618823.  Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:29 am Reply with quote

monzac wrote:
In another thread I wrote this question:
Quote:
Did you do a Naomi Watts in Austria?

and received the following response:
Quote:
I wonder what is a "Naomi Watts"?

It seems that such use of noun phrases is typical of Australian English. I didn't realise that it was an example of local usage. This emerged in discussion last night. Now I understand why the comment above was made in response.


I'm so glad that's all cleared up.

For you at least.

 
Pyriform
618840.  Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:51 am Reply with quote

Phrases like "doing a somebody-or-other" are understood in the UK. I imagine the problem was knowing what Naomi Watts was supposed to be known for.

 
monzac
618962.  Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:11 am Reply with quote

Well, actually, the later phrase used was 'finding a park', so it wasn't so much about "doing a somebody-or-other", but about the construction of the expression. Perhaps it is another example of American English being the language that divides us.

ps: Glad to see Rudolph living up to his name. I thought it was quite interesting, anyway!

 

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