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    Kedgeree is a dish of smoked fish and rice. It's usually a little bit spicy and might have sultanas in it. It is a lot less popular as a breakfast dish these days unless you're in a posh hotel. It isn't an everyday breakfast, but I guess it could be served at Hogwarts. It originated from India when the British were a colonial power. You wouldn't have a side of fruit with it; it's a meal in itself.

    Fruits for breakfast - Grapefruit springs to mind. These days people often have Greek yoghurt and muesli which has dried fruit in it. Or a fruit salad of pears, prunes, apricots - often served with muesli.

    These are all hotel type breakfasts. For an ordinary person, I'd stick to toast with butter, or a cooked breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes etc etc) or just a bowl of cereal.

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    Hello, Britishy folk! J'ai une question!

    So I've got the gist of how British law stuff works from all the answers Molly got from her question, but I need to check this to make sure on something. You lot have private law practices, right? I want to double-check before someone yells at me if I get it wrong.

    *really wishes her OC hadn't decided to go to school to study law like his dad told him to*

    xxSelina (I feel like all my questions are somewhat stupid. Typical, for me.)

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    Selina,

    Yes we have private law firms.

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    So if two people are fighting, what are some British words they might fling at each other, aside from the overused 'prat'? I once used the term 'jack***' but someone pointed out it didn't sound very British. Would a guy call a girl the b-word (sorry)? I'd like a few for guys, some for girls, and they don't have to be profanity.
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    A girl might call another girl the b-word, but I'm not sure whether a guy would call a girl it. Girls would probably call guys the other b-word (if you're with me?) Guys might also be called a d*ck (which is another name for a male *ahem* in case you weren't familiar - sorry I'm not actually this prudish lol - just trying not to say too much on an open forum!) by both other guys and girls if they were behaving like prats or being stupid. I would often use prat or idiot if it wasn't something too big a deal, or else just tell someone they're very annoying (I'm tame with my arguing words).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gina
    I once used the term 'jack***' but someone pointed out it didn't sound very British.
    ahem, was that me?

    Uh, I second what Hannah has said, but there's also pr*ck, or tw*t (to rhyme with hat). There guy references.

    If the fight isn't too nasty and the era is post 70's then you could use the term 'muppet'.

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    Do Brits mow the lawn?

    I'm starting a new story and I really like an idea I had of Snape finding Hermione doing something ridiculously Muggle, such as mowing the lawn. So I was wondering if in Britain people mow their own lawn, do they get someone to do it for them, or do they even have much of a lawn. Thanks for you help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpjunkie09
    I'm starting a new story and I really like an idea I had of Snape finding Hermione doing something ridiculously Muggle, such as mowing the lawn. So I was wondering if in Britain people mow their own lawn, do they get someone to do it for them, or do they even have much of a lawn. Thanks for you help!
    People in Britian tend to mow their own lawn. I've read a lot of American stories where young kids go around offering to mow lawns to earn money, but I've never seen or heard of that happening here.

    If you live in a city you are unlikely to have (much) of a lawn unless you are quite wealthy. Hermione's family seem fairly middle class to me, so I can imagine them living in a middle class town, which would almost certainly have a lawn of some sort. A smallish one in the front and then a larger lawn out the back? They are almost certainly not rich enough to employ a gardener to do any kind of work for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psijupiter
    They are almost certainly not rich enough to employ a gardener to do any kind of work for them.
    Actually I'd disagree with this. They're both dentists, and dentists can earn a lot of money - even if they're National Health and not Private. Also employing a gardener once or twice a week wouldn't be that expensive. My mum used to do it when my dad got too ill to work on their garden, and she's not fabulously wealthy.

    I agree that it will depend where you have them living. Cities (London especially) have very small gardens. Mine is about 60 foot, with a 40foot lawn - that's considered big in the part of London I live in. It takes about 30 mins to mow if you're interested.

    We do have lawns, but a lot of people cover them with decking to save on mowing grass, or pave over it to create a patio.

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    Okay, thanks! Lots of people in my neighborhood hire people to do their lawns, but my dad and I mow ours ourselves. I just wasn't sure what y'all do for it over in Britain. I kind of always pictured the Grangers living in a surburan neighborhood, with a largish house (because they are, as stated earlier, dentists) and a decent lawn. Thanks so much for your help everyone!!

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