Thursday, July 21, 2011

Americanisms

"Britain is a very distinct country from the US. Not better, not worse, different. And long live that difference. That means maintaining the integrity of our own gloriously nuanced, subtle and supple version - the original version - of the English language."

Viewpoint: Why do some Americanisms irritate people? - BBC

The article brought many responses, as British readers shared their pet peeves about the language as spoken by Americans. Some are just examples of bad grammar.

2. The next time someone tells you something is the “least worst option”, tell them that their most best option is learning grammar. Mike Ayres, Bodmin, Cornwall

40.I am increasingly hearing the phrase “that’ll learn you” – when the English (and more correct) version was always “that’ll teach you”. What a ridiculous phrase! Tabitha, London

41. I really hate the phrase: “Where’s it at?” This is not more efficient or informative than “where is it?” It just sounds grotesque and is immensely irritating. Adam, London

While others are purely cultural differences.

14. I caught myself saying “shopping cart” instead of shopping trolley today and was thoroughly disgusted with myself. I’ve never lived nor been to the US either. Graham Nicholson, Glasgow

18. Take-out rather than takeaway! Simon Ball, Worcester

29. I’m a Brit living in New York. The one that always gets me is the American need to use the word bi-weekly when fortnightly would suffice just fine. Ami Grewal, New York

36. Surely the most irritating is: “You do the Math.” Math? It’s MATHS. Michael Zealey, London

And a couple are just inexplicable.

20. “A half hour” instead of “half an hour”. EJB, Devon

44. My brother now uses the term “season” for a TV series. Hideous. D Henderson, Edinburgh

Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples - BBC

via Neatorama

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