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Pikachumanson

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elevator and lift.
« on: May 17, 2013, 03:58:36 pm »
I'm working on Outlanders for the nes. And now I am up to the part where you have to use an elevator. Would it be ok to use the word lift instead of elevator?

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Re: elevator and lift.
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 04:08:17 pm »
use lift <=> all Americans will hate you
use elevator <=> all UK and Ireland guys will hate you

Pikachumanson

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Re: elevator and lift.
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 04:12:17 pm »
Damned if you do and damned if you don't. As an American, I feel that we need to be more cultured anyway. Lift it is!

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Re: elevator and lift.
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2013, 06:20:34 pm »
For giggles I hope you have lift and then use the American floor naming system (if you walked out of a first floor in the UK you can expect to go splat a second later) or storey spelled story.

That being said UK wise though people will fight to the death about the missing U in American words the lift vs elevator thing seems to be a case of languages merging a bit.

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Re: elevator and lift.
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2013, 07:29:14 pm »
In American usage, people will generally accept lift for a freight elevator; it’s when you talk about normal elevators that people get annoyed.

Don’t mix Englishes unless there’s a reason for it.
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Re: elevator and lift.
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2013, 05:01:50 am »
Yeah, I ran into this quandary on a game and went with "lift". As an American, I've actually heard "lift" used more often than "elevator" to describe any type of non-room lifting device - as in for wheelchairs, freight, cars etc. Even if Outlanders has an enclosed room 'elevator', I think 'lift' sounds more interesting and everyone will know what you mean.  :thumbsup:

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Re: elevator and lift.
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2013, 12:02:49 pm »
Yes i have opted to use lift in the game. It will save space and most everyone will know the context. If not, look it up.