September 25th, 2006

Fishy Circumstances

English language again

I just read Diana Wynne Jones's The Ogre Downstairs for the first time, and learned a bit of English English in the process.

Person A steps on Person B's foot rather hard. Person B forgives Person A, but adds...

(if American) "You owe me for that."
(if British) "I owe you for that."

The economy of retribution is entirely reversed over here.