Fellow Americans, don’t feel bad. The term for horseback riding doesn’t make sense to many people in the UK as well. It is called an equestrian (Equus is Latin for horse apparently). However, many English-speaking countries (including the UK) just use the term “Horse Riding”.
Maybe in America, there are other ways of riding a horse (besides on its back) and this is just to clarify which type of riding is involved?
We have looked deeply into this and the phrase 'To Table' something, is not quite as explained in this example. The differences between the American and other English-speaking meaning is even more diverse than we thought.
So for the Americans, to table something means to postpone. To deal with it at a late date. And for the rest of the English world? It means to put it on the agenda. To make it available. No wonder there are so many conflicts in the world.
In the UK, pavement is pavement. Any side of the road (usually asphalt) high level used for pedestrians. Now, we understand the logic behind naming the pavement a sidewalk, but what turns the road into the main thing and keeps the walkers on the side?
We prefer to keep us pedestrians in the center of the action and leave the drivers on the side.
This misusage of the word Chai is commonly used with all English speakers, however, the Americans don't seem to accept this and stick to Chai Tea, instead of going with the flow and understanding the true meaning of the word.
Chai means tea. Just tea. Nothing more, nothing less. So next time you're in India, remember to simply ask for a cup of Chai.
In most of the world, an entree refers to a starter, which is served between the appetizer and the main course. Sourced from the word enter. Makes sense. Somewhere along the way, when meals were still 15 courses long, the entree was mixed up with the main course (because it wasn't as small as a first course) and it just stayed that way.
This topic is still very confusing and even after writing these words, we are still unsure how big the dish is going to be. Is it a starter? Is it a main? We tend to believe Americans just decided to butcher the word as they did to many others.