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  • Americans don't use the word "queue"?

    Most people in usa got confused when I asked "Is this the queue?", "Where is the queue?" or "Do I have to queue?"

    Do Americans not use the word "queue"?!
    (I just checked and it is a valid word in American English)

  • #2
    That's weird. O_O
    But I think most people are used to the word "line."
    -NerdaliciouS-

    "As for me, all I know is that I know nothing." ~ Socrates

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    • #3
      I am familiar with the term but we never use it and most American's wouldn't have an idea what it means. I know because we have friends from other countries....

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      • #4
        I've never heard anyone use that word in conversation in that context, but I was able to quickly figure it out by the context of your original message. I would think that in a situation like that, most people would know what you were talking about, even though we don't use it in that type of situation.
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        • #5
          Queue is a very valid english word, but not in use very often - almost never as a verb. We refer "to queue" as "the line" like Nerdlicious said. Where is the line? Do I need to get in this line? etc. Queue is usually a very specific maze of barriers or used for things "We have lots of projects in the queue."

          Does this help?
          -N3rdchik
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          • #6
            I think its the wierd spelling that confuses the rebels.
            Roger
            Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat!

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            • #7
              It is funny because here in the US, different regions will even use different words for the same thing. Soda versus pop. Stretcher versus gurney. Etc.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by n3rdchik View Post
                Queue is a very valid english word, but not in use very often - almost never as a verb. We refer "to queue" as "the line" like Nerdlicious said. Where is the line? Do I need to get in this line? etc. Queue is usually a very specific maze of barriers or used for things "We have lots of projects in the queue."

                Does this help?
                Yes, thank you. Seems like it's not customary to use "queue" as a verb only in the US.

                Originally posted by Lifeisgood View Post
                It is funny because here in the US, different regions will even use different words for the same thing. Soda versus pop. Stretcher versus gurney. Etc.
                I am familiar with "soda", "pop" and "soda pop" but hardly ever use them. I usually use the term "soft drink" as it is the word most familiar to those living in the non-western world.
                I know "stretcher" but never heard of "gurney".

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dodger67 View Post
                  I think its the wierd spelling that confuses the rebels.
                  LoL, but as a foreign language learner of English, I prefer weird spelling to difficult pronunciation. "Queue" may look weird, but is very easy to pronounce. I personally find simple words such as "ask" and "class" quite challenging to pronounce perfectly.

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                  • #10
                    Well those two short simple words can be pronounced many different ways.
                    The wide variety of spoken English lies in the complexity and sheer number of it's vowel phonemes. Many sources say English has 26 distinct vowels. The most common vowel (the schwa) doesn't even have its own letter!
                    Last edited by Dodger67; 11-04-2010, 08:07 AM.
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                    • #11
                      I just saw one of my friends used the word "queue" on facebook but she used it in a way that meant "list"

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                      • #12
                        Ordering a beverage can be complicated lol. Down south if you say you want "tea" it will be sweet tea unless repeatedly specified otherwise but up north if you order tea it will never be sweet unless you order "sweet" tea. And when I am referring to tea I mean ice tea......not hot tea. I know very few that drink hot tea....all my friends and family drink coffee.

                        BTW Dodger, I am getting the impression that you get bored sometimes and like to get things stirred up - from some of your recent posts lol.......I mean really, asking about the elections? Wow! You are brave! And everyone was so civilized in their responses but you have to know that most were having to restrain themselves, whichever side they are on.....lol

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dodger67 View Post
                          Well those two short simple words can be pronounced many different ways.
                          The wide variety of spoken English lies in the complexity and sheer number of it's vowel phonemes. Many sources say English has 26 distinct vowels. The most common vowel (the schwa) doesn't even have its own letter!
                          Phonetically, it is represented by an upsidedown e, but indeed, I've never seen that symbol in any actual alphabets of any language.

                          How are you with clicks? Ever get the chance to use them?

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                          • #14
                            In Canada, I know what queue means and if someone used the word I wouldn't be confused or anything. I think I have used it before, but it's definitely not commonplace and there's a good chance others might not know what you're talking about.

                            I just asked my 4.5yo if she knew what a queue was. She asked for a pen and drew a Q.
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                            • #15
                              That is hilarious, Jill! And good for her, knowing how to write "Q" at 4.5!
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