have a question which can't frankly I'm scared to know the answer. Are words defined metaphorically the same throughout the English-speaking world?
When the words are part of the standard English, than the answer is yes. English-speakers understand each other metaphorically. However, when the words are part of the informal or idiomatic aspect of English, the answer is no. There are aspects of British English that an American English-speaker does not understand. One good example is rhyming slang. Most Americans have no idea what rhyming slang is or mean. Sometimes the difference between the English spoken in one country versus another is so different that some movies have close caption or subtitles.
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