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American Language Lab by Loretto on 20 July 2011 2:55pm
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-14201796

Oftentimes it is vital to reach out to people and create normalcy and touch base with them. It is not about the physicality of leverage; it is what it is, 24/7.

Going forward from here is where it's at(Period)
 
Re: American Language Lab by TERRY S on 20 July 2011 4:16pm
 
I use American words like cool, all the time. My Deprtment Manager at Cineworld hated it, but it's just unconcious, so I still do it.
 
Re: American Language Lab by sighthound on 23 July 2011 8:58pm
 
In the interest of better UK/USA relations, I will offer some explanations.


Even as a mere American, I agree with the objections to "wait on" (#6).
To wait "on line" is an East Coast thing that I just don't understand. Unless you are standing on a painted stripe in the road, you are IN line not ON a line.

I really don't understand #1 or 22. Please enlighten me.

#8 is because "fanny" has a totally different definition in North America. nuff said.

#9 is because Brits don't play baseball.

#12 is just an accent thing. Get over it!

#17 and 18 is just that we have words that you don't. Get over it.

#21 "heads up" is a universal English language signal among equestrians that lets others know that something is happening that may get them thrown off their horse. I really think that this probably originated in England.

#27 "Oftentimes" makes me shiver, too. It's not prevalant here.

#29 "bi-weekly vs "fortnightly" What's the problem? Bi-weekly makes much more sense in current English usage. (Give it up! How many of you have used "fortnight" while talking to people lately compared to the times you have uttered the word "week".)

I'm stopping at #29 on this list for the moment now except that I need to comment on #36. Why do the English shorten "mathmatics" to "maths" instead of the more proper "math"?

I may get back to the rest of the list later if anyone is interested.
 
Re: American Language Lab by Loretto on 24 July 2011 2:49pm
 
Waving my hand wildly in the air Geraldine....I'm interested!!! I'm going to get my copy of the Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson, he mentions a bit about US English too.
 
Re: American Language Lab by sighthound on 25 July 2011 6:49am
 
Didn't know about that Bryson book but, thanks, I must get it. His Appalachin Trail book was wonderful. I just looked him up on Amazon (to figure out how to spell "Appalachin") and was amazed at how many books he has written. Many more "must reads"....

OK, here goes for the rest of the list (although I must admit that my fervor has diminished):

Sigh (heavy, very heavy) since I've now looked at the rest of the list. Now that we've gotten (#15) down to the dregs of the list, it is all just carping.

#30 Yes, "alternate" and "alternative" are two distinct words but they mean the same thing in common usage.

#31 Cannot a word like "hike" have two meanings? (Note to self: must look up the derivation of "hike".)

#32 What's the problem with "going forward" unless you are going backward?

#35 NO ONE here says "reach out to" when they mean "ask". That's got to be a Brit thing.

#36 I've already asked about this. Math is math and "maths" implies that there are many other versions of mathmatics. The mind boggles at the thought....

#39 Yes, yes, we all know by now that "scotch" is a drink but we Celts who ended up here know that our ancestors from Scotland and Ireland had to flee so many times to so many places that "Scot/Irish" is an accurate term for where we came from.

#40 and 41 Just venacular. Get over it.

# 42 Yes, we call it a period. If you want to call it a "full stop" that's your perogative but we will giggle at you when you say it.

#44 Yes it is a TV SEASON. We invented television so we get to define the terms.

#46 Yes. we say zee and you say zed. That's what makes us so delightfully different.

#50 The outrage about "I could care less" is not just a Brit thing. Literate types here have been pointing this out for years. But literate types are not listened to here. If they were, George Bush would never have been elected.
 
Re: American Language Lab by Loretto on 25 July 2011 2:26pm
 
LOL!!!

Should we do Bushisms next?
Here's the top ten......
10. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" --Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

9. "As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured." --on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007

8. "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." --Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

7. "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense." --Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006

6. "There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

5. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

4. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

3. "You work three jobs? ... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

2. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005

1. "My answer is bring them on." --on Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

Never "misunderestimate" the power of George Bush!

http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/bushquotes/a/dumbbushquotes.htm
 
Re: American Language Lab by sighthound on 27 July 2011 4:09am
 
I'm sorry, Loretto. I just can't participate. Going over it again is just much too painful for an intelligent American to endure. However, I will enjoy your comments. Please flail away!!!!
 
Re: American Language Lab by Loretto on 27 July 2011 2:30pm
 
I'll quote Shakespeare instead then...
"To be or not to be, that is the question......."
 
Re: American Language Lab by peripatetically on 30 July 2011 7:23pm
 
I don't have time to respond in full right now, but many of these Americanisms are ones I've never heard until now. Where are you guys hearing these things? lol. Besides, we broke from the Uk for a reason and I guess maybe language is one way to show our differences. Just a guess.
 
Re: American Language Lab by Ken Dunn on 30 July 2011 10:26pm
 
Think of the difficulties that non UK residents have in Europe. As far as I have seen most of them speak very good English and some of them better than those brought up in the UK! As well as being bilingual some of them are multilingual.
 
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