Fanny pack - yes or no?

Aug 12th, 2006, 01:14 AM
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In Australia also, "fanny" means human female genitalia. So a "fanny pack" sounds like some sort of poultice you might need for a bad case of thrush. Whilst most are familiar with the American usage of the word, it does tend to bring a smile here and there. But aghast, no.
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Aug 12th, 2006, 02:07 AM
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I don't think many Brits would laugh at an American using the term fanny-pack as we know that that is your term for what we call a bum-bag. (well, we might smile a bit).

But use fanny in any other context at your peril as it will invariably be taken as meaning 'vagina'. If you say your fanny hurts, or that someone bumped into your fanny, or patted your fanny, or that your other half loves the shape of your fanny, expect hysterics in reply.
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Aug 12th, 2006, 02:16 AM
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An American friend of mine says that she once heard a busy branch of Marks and Sparks reduced to stunned silence when a loud American voice asked, "Does my fanny look big in this?"
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Aug 12th, 2006, 02:42 AM
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<<So a "fanny pack" sounds like some sort of poultice you might need for a bad case of thrush.>>

It is sentences like this that keep me coming to Hilarious!
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Aug 12th, 2006, 02:58 AM
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One more comment on fannies. We have a French neighbour whose daughter is called 'Fannie' and who was planning a year in Australia. Having been asked to give here some English language tips, review her resume, etc., we also strongly suggested she not admit to any Australians that her name was Fannie. SO for the last year she has been Annie. Occasionally when someone had to check her passport or visa, they smiled, and obviously understood why she had introduced herself as Annie. She came home last week, and to her mother's horror, once again introduced herself to someone as Annie. So now she has to get back to being a French Fannie, so to speak.
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Aug 12th, 2006, 03:13 AM
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you might as well your Disneyworld or Old Style Beer t-shirt to compliment it. Europeans think that they are ridiculous!

in fact, kitsch tourist t-shirts are extremely popular, at least in london, as are beer t-shirts of all sorts....non-european brands such as "bud", miller or asian brands bring the most value at the vintage clothing shops.
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Sep 13th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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Everybody to their own opinion but I find it very convenient to carry my camera rather than hanging around my neck all the time, even when I am not taking pictures or it is raining. Also a great place to put all the metal objects when going through security. I never put money or my passport in it. And beside, most of the time American's stick out like sore thumbs anyway, no matter what they wear or don't wear.

I bought a PacSAFE® brand with exomesh® fabric that has a steel mesh woven into it plus the strap has two aircraft grade steel cables and latches at the front of the bag. The latch is covered with a flap to hinder somone casually squeezing it. The strap has a cable with a loop on the end that can lock to the bag along with the two zippers under the flap. Not entirely safe from a determined theif but I think I would know something is amiss as they were trying to get it off. Pro Travel Gear is one seller.
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Sep 13th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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I discovered an answer to fannypacks a couple of years ago. I have what is called a fisherman's vest, or photographer's vest. It is made of mesh, has at least 10 pockets in it (front and back) with a couple large enough for one or two disposable film cameras. It fits nicely under a jacket. I carry only small amounts of money in it--valuable items are in the hotel safe or under my clothes. It probably screams tourist, but I don't travel much in the warm weather (high price) season, so it is covered most of the time with my jacket or fleece vest.
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Sep 13th, 2007, 01:17 PM
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I think a fanny pack with a big American flag on it is a great idea

it will divert any would be thief while you have your money, etc. in a secure money belt, etc.

Fanny packs - Brilliant idea!
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Sep 15th, 2007, 11:57 AM
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NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! Just get a money belt, easier and less tacky!!
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Sep 15th, 2007, 01:36 PM
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"We have a French neighbour whose daughter is called 'Fannie' and who was planning a year in Australia."

I have a French friend called Fannie, who for the English also has the nick-name Foufounne: French for Fanny (meaning a ladies forward parts)
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