Ambivalence: FirstNationalBastard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: FirstNationalBastard: See what happens when people start watching British dramas?I blame Monty PythonDoes British comedy transfer to the states as well as the drama does?Sure, there's stuff like Python that's pretty much universal, but do other British comedies make it across as well? I mean, even The Office had to be Americanized./then dragged out for about 6 years too long, as is the American way.It depends. Geeks like british comedy. Just look at IT Crowd, Doctor Who (it's funny), spacers.
hubiestubert: Oddly enough, Americans have preserved in some isolated communities, a more "true" British dialect than the current wash of BBC English and urban dialects.Even as English has changed here, influenced by waves of immigration, changed in the Caribbean, changed in Australia, English was doing the same thing in England as well. Modern dialects are NOT the same as they were, and English is a language that is wonderfully adaptive, in its ability to absorb linguistic elements from languages it's near. The ability to absorb loan words, to still maintain structures, and in some ways, the "backwoods" dialects of America, have preserved many older elements of English.Mass communication has done some interesting things with transmission of linguistic elements. Cultures aren't preserving changes for as long, and there is an odd bit of homogenization between cultures, including between sub-cultures across nations. It's a neat time to be a linguist. Even with the spread of film and even radio, there was a rise for a sort of "standard" dialect. BBC Standard, American Standard, and others, as a sort of "official" dialect, and entirely artificial, as opposed to the regionals, and the rise of folks aping the dialects that they heard on radio and in films, it sort of slowed linguistic drift, but now that we have a wider range of dialects spread quickly with mass communication, and less than official channels where just about anyone can upload videos, music and more, we get to see a lot more diversity, and oddly enough, folks aping one another.Like I said, neat time to be a linguist.
Rufus Lee King: All this is a new experiment in sharing cultures.[25.media.tumblr.com image 448x339]
xcv: Why haven't we gotten a remake of Doctor Who yet? Could connect to a whole new audience with Shia LaBeouf as the Doctor, Rihanna as a spunky, sorta-goth chick as his new companion and the wise-cracking TARDIS embodied by a holographic Dane Cook. Bonus cameo by Jack Black as every single Dalek.
DjangoStonereaver: I have been using the British extra 'u' in words like 'valour ', 'armour and 'colour' for years.
quickdraw: I like the phrase "get sorted"
Triumph: Brits don't say "the fall" because they cut down 90% of their trees.
Rufus Lee King: I'm sure this is already known, but a person was, in the days of merrie olde England, not supposed to use the adjective "bloody", as it invoked the blood of Christ, which was considered blasphemy.
flamingboard: DjangoStonereaver: I have been using the British extra 'u' in words like 'valour ', 'armour and 'colour' for years.You monster.
jmsvrsn: At least it's just British. When Australian "English" begins to creep into this country I'm going to start shooting people.
smadge1: As an Australian, I'm bombarded by both British and American culture all the time, so the distinctions here are lost on me.
Kazan: FirstNationalBastard: See what happens when people start watching British dramas?and interacting with british people online.FirstNationalBastard: Ambivalence: I have to admit. They have better swear words. Half the time you call someone a twat and they don't know to be offended by it. LOL!Also, "buggery" is a much more fun and friendly sounding word than sodomy.Sodomy sounds scary and painful. Buggery sounds like something fun you do with your buds after a night of drinkingagreed
xria: alienated: FirstNationalBastard: Does British comedy transfer to the states as well as the drama does?Aye, it does. Check out- Shameless- not, not the US version, the real one. Ideal . Spaced . Red Dwarf. The IT crowd has been mentioned. Only Fools and Horses . Porridge might, but its early / mid 70's .Vicar of Dibley. Absolutely Fabulous .I could go on, but you get the point, i hope.CheersI think Cheers was American originally. You also forgot Blackadder and Fawlty Towers.Obviously English is going to merge a lot more - there are plenty of Americanisms coming the other way as well of course, and no doubt as India/China grow and assuming they carry on using English for business then sooner or later lots more words from there will transfer across (British English already has quite a number of words derived from links with India, but most are old enough transfers for most people not to know their origins).
Jgok: check for the s/z switches (recognised, etc), et al.
enry: The one that annoys the hell out of me is the use of 'from' rather than 'starting' or 'as of':From today, you can read this message online.
theoutlaw: DjangoStonereaver: I have been using the British extra 'u' in words like 'valour ', 'armour and 'colour' for years.One of us! One of us! One of us!
0Icky0: DjangoStonereaver: I have been using the British extra 'u' in words like 'valour ', 'armour and 'colour' for years.And I always spell "gray" as "grey". It looks less gay.
TV's Vinnie: I can't read this article without hearing it in this guy's voice.[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 427x464]Now, neither can you.
DjangoStonereaver: theoutlaw: DjangoStonereaver: I have been using the British extra 'u' in words like 'valour ', 'armour and 'colour' for years.One of us! One of us! One of us!To be fair, I come by it honestly, as my mother is Irish.0Icky0: DjangoStonereaver: I have been using the British extra 'u' in words like 'valour ', 'armour and 'colour' for years.And I always spell "gray" as "grey". It looks less gay.[www4.pictures.zimbio.com image 419x594]Doesn't have a problem with that.
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