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Posted: 30 November 2012 09:03 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Just heard on a US show.

Who details a car at 5 in the morning?

Details? A quick glance at OED brought the answer.

detail, v.1

Draft additions September 2008

trans. N. Amer. To clean (a motor vehicle) thoroughly.

1981 Los Angeles Times 21 May ix. 9/2 The proposed auto center..would be used for detailing cars imported through the port before trucking them to dealer showrooms.
1988 Globe & Mail (Toronto) (Nexis) 17 Oct., When we get through detailing your car..it’s cleaner than the day you bought it.

This one passed me by. Is it a common term in the States or something only car buffs would use?

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Posted: 30 November 2012 09:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s a pretty common term in the US.  You don’t have to be a car buff to be familiar with the term (but non-car-buffs don’t necessarily go to the trouble of having their cars detailed very often).

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Posted: 30 November 2012 02:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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What Svinyard said.  I’m familiar with it but don’t use it myself.

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Posted: 30 November 2012 04:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Very common in Australia, too, since the eighties at least.

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Posted: 30 November 2012 05:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Any of my fellow Brits know if it’s used in the UK? I could easily have missed it here too.

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Posted: 30 November 2012 07:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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trans. N. Amer. To clean (a motor vehicle) thoroughly.

It’s used regularly at almost every car wash these days. But you pay extra, of course.

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Posted: 01 December 2012 03:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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aldiboronti - 30 November 2012 05:35 PM

Any of my fellow Brits know if it’s used in the UK? I could easily have missed it here too.

It’s completely new on me (a Brit).

To Leftpondiands and Downunders who understand this term: does detailing involve just a thorough external clean or is it inside too? If the latter, we Brits would talk about car valeting.

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Posted: 01 December 2012 03:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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does detailing involve just a thorough external clean or is it inside too?

Yes, inside too.

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Posted: 02 December 2012 06:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Not heard either here (north east England) or in South Africa.

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Posted: 02 December 2012 04:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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If the latter, we Brits would talk about car valeting.

I like this! But how do you pronounce “valeting.” I’m guessing just as it is written. We leftpondians would pronounce “valet” as “val aye” (as in “A, B, C” to use lh’s example in “forever and ay” in the Lincoln language thread). But since I’ve never heard or seen the word “valeting” I wouldn’t have any idea.

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Posted: 03 December 2012 01:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Val-et-ing. But I would employ a val-eh, not a val-et.

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Posted: 03 December 2012 02:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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val-eh-ing, but I admit it’s not the prettiest of words to pronounce.

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Posted: 03 December 2012 03:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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cf fileting, I suppose.

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