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Old 05-09-2018, 04:00 PM   #51 (permalink)
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There are all kinds of licenses in America, so off-license sounds weird to us. Just call it a Local Alcohol Distribution Center like a normal person.
Think of it like this: it's an abbreviation of "Licenced to Sell Alchohol That Can Be Taken Off the Premises."

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Boozers, pubs. And we distinguish them from stores because a) stores isn't a word used here and b) they're seen more as a place to gather and shoot the breeze, as Monkey says, rather than a place you go to buy something. In most stores, or shops, you go in, buy what you want and head off. You don't hang around. That's the difference. In a pub, you do. You stay, with your purchases. You in fact have to, as they're not licenced, as I said, to sell alcohol that can be taken off the premises.
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Old 05-09-2018, 04:02 PM   #52 (permalink)
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a) stores isn't a word used here
Shop or commissary or whatever you use then.

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b) they're seen more as a place to gather and shoot the breeze, as Monkey says, rather than a place you go to buy something. In most stores, or shops, you go in, buy what you want and head off. You don't hang around. That's the difference. In a pub, you do. You stay, with your purchases. You in fact have to, as they're not licenced, as I said, to sell alcohol that can be taken off the premises.
Does this imply that you don't need a license to serve alcohol so long as it's kept on site?

Also, like I said earlier, why do you need to differentiate them like that? They're very clearly different in the same way that a petting zoo and a pet supply store are.
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Think of it like this: it's an abbreviation of "Licenced to Sell Alchohol That Can Be Taken Off the Premises."



Boozers, pubs. And we distinguish them from stores because a) stores isn't a word used here and b) they're seen more as a place to gather and shoot the breeze, as Monkey says, rather than a place you go to buy something. In most stores, or shops, you go in, buy what you want and head off. You don't hang around. That's the difference. In a pub, you do. You stay, with your purchases. You in fact have to, as they're not licenced, as I said, to sell alcohol that can be taken off the premises.
So "liquor store/spirit shop" would be a much more descriptive term that wouldn't be confusing to anyone not from Britain.
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UK slang is like if American slang ****ed its cousins.
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I dunno Frown I just jumped into the discussion without reading all the way through.
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I dunno Frown I just jumped into the discussion without reading all the way through.
He's just being the usual knob. Ignore him. Not worth it. America thinks everything should be done its way, even though they're only a few hundred years old.
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He's just being the usual knob. Ignore him. Not worth it. America thinks everything should be done its way, even though they're only a few hundred years old.
I just think that etymology is interesting you self-centred fuck.
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lol at Frown's post, actually edited it to put that insult in.
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He's just being the usual knob. Ignore him. Not worth it. America thinks everything should be done its way, even though they're only a few hundred years old.
I don't think there are any Americans who've been alive for much longer than a century tbh.
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