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Subject:Serviette
Time:11:56 pm
While on board the flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco, a flight attendant came by and handed me a drink. She then reached for something and passed it to me. "And here's a serviette." She did this in what sounded like a clear American accent.

Later in the flight, I stopped her and asked, "You're American, right?"

"Yes."

"Interesting. You used the word serviette rather than napkin, and that caught me by surprise."

"I'm an international flight attendant. That's what they taught me to say."

I know why. Do you?
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mspurrmeow
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Time:2009-07-22 07:08 am (UTC)
Yes I do. I've never traveled internationally, though. Was hoping to change that before the economy went weird.
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wordweaverlynn
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Time:2009-07-22 08:09 am (UTC)
Yes, and I also know that serviette is a (striving middle-) class marker. The truly upper-crust say napkin, and don't worry about infants' nappies.
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grey_evil_twin
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Time:2009-07-22 09:07 am (UTC)
Napkin, where I come from, is commonly used for something women use when they have a period. "Nappies" are what goes on a baby bottom. Serviette is the thing that wipes crap off your face. Or "servie" because we like putting "ie" on the end of words.
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melebeth
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Time:2009-07-22 01:18 pm (UTC)
This is what I was thinking.
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grey_evil_twin
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Time:2009-07-22 03:38 pm (UTC)
Except pads are really for periods. The long name is "sanitary napkins". And nappies are more often called "disposables" and "cloth nappies".
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wild_irises
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Time:2009-07-22 02:46 pm (UTC)
Before reading other comments: because "napkin" in British English is what we call "diaper" in American English, while "serviette" doesn't have any strong negative connotations.
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andrewhime
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Time:2009-07-22 03:49 pm (UTC)
It's because of Narduwar, obviously.
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abostick59
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Time:2009-07-22 07:02 pm (UTC)
And it's a "belt pouch," not a "fanny pack" (which many people think is an alternative to a "napkin").
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stevecohen
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Time:2009-07-24 06:07 pm (UTC)
No way! I've always heard it called a "bum pouch".
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drj0402
Subject:Do I want to find out?
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Time:2009-07-22 07:27 pm (UTC)
Replying without looking at the other replies...
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prock
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Time:2009-07-22 08:22 pm (UTC)
If you rode in first class would she offer you a private douche?
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whipartist
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Time:2009-07-22 08:24 pm (UTC)
I was in first class, and I could have had one at the airport.
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