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Old 30th July 2008, 14:38   #181
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as far as i know, only new jersey has full service stations, like in india, you don't even have to get out.

It may be because Jersey has one of the largest concentration of Indians in the US !
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You go to an unmanned station, fill how much you want to fill and then go inside and offer to pay. Cash or card, whatever.
I observed the same in New Zealand too
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why is everyone calling it "gas" when only the americans really use the term. We in India and most of the Commonwealth call it Petrol and the Germans call it Benzine.
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Lol Navin I too wondered that, I guess its the in thing to call petrol as Gas
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Soory guys, petrol is new for me. My mom is american and I've been in the states a couple of times, I never heard petrol before, to me it's gas :-)
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why is everyone calling it "gas" when only the americans really use the term. We in India and most of the Commonwealth call it Petrol and the Germans call it Benzine.
probably respecting other's culture/language? The brother could have easily used benzine but he chose to use the term he thought others would easily understand.
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Well yes, in Germany it is common to call it Benzin (no "e" there)
I also find two more words Treibstoff and Ottokraftstoff but have never heard them being used.

But one has to really love this language, lol

A self-service petrol pump is called die Selbstbedienungstankstelle hahaha.
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Soory guys, petrol is new for me. My mom is american and I've been in the states a couple of times
No it was not you but all the Indians who were calling it gas.

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A self-service petrol pump is called die Selbstbedienungstankstelle hahaha.
It is really quite simple
Selbst bedienungs tankstelle
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Well yes, in Germany it is common to call it Benzin (no "e" there)
I also find two more words Treibstoff and Ottokraftstoff but have never heard them being used.

But one has to really love this language, lol

A self-service petrol pump is called die Selbstbedienungstankstelle hahaha.
Treibstoff is a word not only used for gas or diesel but for everything that can be used to run an engine, not only cars but anything. So it could also be pudding or ketchup if it was that, what your machine runs on.
Ottokraftstoff is oldfashioned and can only be used for petrol. Sometimes you can still find it in old user manuals of cars. Nikolaus August OTTO invented the first internal-combustion engine which mixes the petrol with air and results in a combustible air/fuel mixture in a cylinder. So fuel used for these engines can be called OTTOkraftstoff.

Yeah our language is complicated :-)

Pics of the gas station will follow tomorrow.

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So fuel used for these engines can be called OTTOkraftstoff.

Yeah our language is complicated :-)
Not really, I find ti very simple. Take a big word and break it up and you know what it means.

OTTO kraft stoff = OTTO Machine Material.

Selbst bedienungs tank stelle = Self Operated Gas Station or Self Operated Gas Place

Lord only knows who the British came up with the word Petrol, now that is complicated.

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German is actually very simple to read and understand. It takes some effort (for me) to follow spoken German but that is due to lack of practice.

The rules of German grammar have an uncanny similarity to those of Sanskrit.
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The rules of German grammar have an uncanny similarity to those of Sanskrit.
I too noticed that German and Hindi grammar are similar. Although me talking about Hindi grammar is laughable. I am mostly mono-linguial. When talking to my wife I am mono-sylable (ex: Grmph, Hrmpf, uh, oh, ok...) :-) but that is another story.

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^^ So many guys would be empathizing with you and thinking - 'Hey, I thought only I do that!'
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This thread went from brilliant to supernova brilliance with TheOne's and TheBro's informative posts.
I so wish we all could be like the peeple there- being responsible for our actions, being fair/honest and not even thinking of (forget trying) to cheat anyone.

I love that word for petrol since i read it here.
Stoff= stuff
Kraft= made/crafted/invented/procedure/technique/skilled practice
OTTO= creator

OTTOkraftstoff = stuff used for what was created by OTTO.

Also,
Kraft= can be thought of as craft= vehicle.
So OTTOkraftstoff= stuff for OTTO's craft/vehicle

Also, lamely put, OTTO (phonetically) = auto= automobile.
So stuff for (that drives/powers) automobile = petrol.

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Not in Amsterdam, only when I was at Nigmegen.
ya ya not in Amsterdam.

@ 11.30 in the night in amsterdam I remember you saying... Lets go "there" again .
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