Two days ago, I was chatting with a lady from the US, when I mentioned the word "Splendid". I was surprised by her response which was: " Don't say this again. Only old grandmas say this, or gay men". O.o

And I was surfing the internet when I came across the topic "Fanny Pack or Bum Bag".

So the question is, what is your opinion on this? to what extent do you accept those differences? how do you see them generally?

Nov 15, 2015 6:35 PM
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There are two different issues here, but it's only possible to give an opinion on one of them:


* 'Splendid' is a fairly normal word. Admittedly, it's not as common nowadays  as 'great' or 'fantastic' or 'wonderful', but there's no reason not to use it. I suspect that the person who told you never to say it was more of a girl than a 'lady', and a fairly narrow-minded one at that. Don't take any notice. Say 'splendid' if you want to.


* The second part of your post concerns a fact, so it's hard to have an view on it! A small bag that you wear around your waist has one name in the US and another in Britain.  I'm sure that it's the same in your language - there are slightly variations from one country to another. I don't understand what you mean by 'to what extent do you accept those differences?'.  The differences exist, and you have no choice but to accept them! This isn't about opinion or prejudice - it's just a fact about the language.

November 15, 2015

A bum bag is what a fanny pack is called in the UK. 'Fanny' means something completely different (female genitalia) in the UK compared to the States. So the term 'fanny pack' often elicits a few giggles from British people if we hear it. I don't really know what you mean by accepting these differences; it's completely normal and to be expected that there are some differences in terminology between British and American English. It's not a big deal.

'Splendid' is a bit old-fashioned, and a more formal, almost posh word. It's not that commonly used by younger people but I definitely wouldn't say it's usage is restricted to, as your exchange partner so eloquently put it, 'old grandmas or gay men' lol. That is from my perspective growing up in the UK, of course. Others may feel differently.

November 15, 2015

Splendid is a splendid word! I have heard it many times and I like using the word myself !

We must be proud of the variety in our vocabulary..

November 16, 2015

I don't think that any groups of people are allowed to have a lock on a word. Use the words you want to use, unless people tell you they don't understand, or you become unncomfortable with a situation.

November 16, 2015

I don't think 'splendid' has any such usage restrictions. Yes, it does sound a bit formal and arguably higher level than the American 'awesome'. (In case, you are wondering, yes, I have a strong aversion to the over-usage of awesome). Use splendid as much as you like, splendidly. 

As for Fanny Pack, people is my country used to call them 'hip pouch'. 

November 16, 2015
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