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(BBC)   Americans are sounding more like Brits every day. Bloody hell   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 40
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2012-09-27 12:42:44 AM
7 votes:

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 drinking
2012-09-27 12:30:50 AM
3 votes:
We are one people, separated by a common language.
2012-09-27 12:22:06 AM
3 votes:
See what happens when people start watching British dramas?
xcv
2012-09-27 06:33:51 AM
2 votes:

Ambivalence: FirstNationalBastard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: FirstNationalBastard: See what happens when people start watching British dramas?

I blame Monty Python

Does 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.


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.
2012-09-27 06:09:55 AM
2 votes:
flowery twats.
2012-09-27 12:53:48 AM
2 votes:

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 drinking


agreed
2012-09-27 12:19:09 AM
2 votes:
Pull the other one, ya silly git
2012-09-27 12:13:59 AM
2 votes:
Just a bunch of wankers trying to sound cool.
2012-09-27 01:55:31 PM
1 votes:

Camus' Ghost: "Now Rory knows that claret is imminent , but doesn't want to miss any of his game. So, calm as a coma, he picks up the fire extinguisher, walks right past the jam rolls who are ready for action, and plonks it outside the front door. He then goes back and orders an Aristotle of the most ping pong tiddly in the nuclear sub, and switches back to his footer. "That's farking it!" says the geezer. "That's farking what?" says Rory. He then gobs out a mouthful of booze, covering fatty. He then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest, and the bastard's lit up like a leaking gas pipe. Unfazed, Rory turns back to his game. His team's won too. Four-nil."


....the Aristocrats?
2012-09-27 01:49:53 PM
1 votes:
"Now Rory knows that claret is imminent , but doesn't want to miss any of his game. So, calm as a coma, he picks up the fire extinguisher, walks right past the jam rolls who are ready for action, and plonks it outside the front door. He then goes back and orders an Aristotle of the most ping pong tiddly in the nuclear sub, and switches back to his footer. "That's farking it!" says the geezer. "That's farking what?" says Rory. He then gobs out a mouthful of booze, covering fatty. He then flicks a flaming match into his bird's nest, and the bastard's lit up like a leaking gas pipe. Unfazed, Rory turns back to his game. His team's won too. Four-nil."
2012-09-27 01:13:19 PM
1 votes:

hubiestubert: trappedspirit: hubiestubert: I was lucky enough to have two great professors at UMF.

Why did they not teach you how to break a wall of text up into paragraphs?

I guess they inculcated a love of not breaking up a paragraph into nonsensical breaks, as opposed to a goldfish length attention span...


First you attack my eyes with a "wall of text" ™ then you insinuate I have a short attention span? It was not love they inculcated in you. Not love.
2012-09-27 11:05:31 AM
1 votes:
Actually, I think is the solution to a problem as Americans don't mind speaking like Brits and generally think it's fun, whereas Brits go positively apeshiat over supposed "Americanisms".

Brits: Overreacting to shiat since 1773.
2012-09-27 10:48:14 AM
1 votes:

JeffDenver: The two that annoy me the most are pluralizing "math" and using words like "hospital" by themselves. It makes me want to bomb them.

It is not "hospital", it is "THE hospital". Do they also go to Store as well?


u don't go to "the church"
u go to church

their hospital is like our church.
ours will be soon if ObamaCare becomes law.
2012-09-27 10:32:34 AM
1 votes:
The two that annoy me the most are pluralizing "math" and using words like "hospital" by themselves. It makes me want to bomb them.

It is not "hospital", it is "THE hospital". Do they also go to Store as well?
2012-09-27 10:28:31 AM
1 votes:
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

We must act now to defend the purity of our hick-speak and not allow it to be polluted by these foreign infidels, with their pretenses and linguistic affectations.
2012-09-27 10:18:48 AM
1 votes:

jigoro: I will never, ever say "jag-yu-ar."


As long as you also don't say jagwire.
2012-09-27 09:58:43 AM
1 votes:

xcv: Ambivalence: FirstNationalBastard: MaudlinMutantMollusk: FirstNationalBastard: See what happens when people start watching British dramas?

I blame Monty Python

Does 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.

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.


We need to remove this post IMMEDIATELY before Hollywood gets buzz and puts this into production. I will not let Shia LaBeouf rape the Doctor the way he raped Indiana Jones.

Crystal skull? More like crystal skull-farked. AMIRITE?
2012-09-27 09:54:10 AM
1 votes:
Well, here's some "American English" for the article writer: Shut the fark up, biatch.

Ive been saying "will do" since I was 8...before I knew British people even existed.
2012-09-27 09:52:18 AM
1 votes:
I'll still keep my job translating Manchester English into Toronto Canadian for tourists from Texas.


I blame this guy.


i7.photobucket.com
2012-09-27 09:48:46 AM
1 votes:

Dead-Guy: I think that with reference to advertising using "u" (colours, etc).. there's the factor that it's cheaper to make one advertisement that covers as much ground as possible, minimizing the adaptation to local areas makes sense when you look at it that way... The U is also present in Canada, which means you get an extra country by using it.

The U, in England and Canada, is perceived as correct usage (obviously), so if it's not there it gives a negative connotation to the statement used.

In America, two things happen.. One, folks suspect you're being a little snobbish by using it, or worldly, depending upon the level of hipster. Two, it sticks in your head a little as being unusual, which of course, is desirable in an advertisement. Not having the "U" means nothing "extra" to the Americans. Though if the President spelled color with a U, we might kinda start wondering about who's running the show.

Also, translation services around the world often have a tendency to cater to British English, rather than American English, as perhaps a perception that they are interchangeable, though the British English is perceived as "most correct" by outsiders for the same reason Spanish in Spain is considered the "most correct" version of Spanish to learn.


In a previous job I was told to use the American spelling for 'Localisation' (z in place of the s) as our American clients thought we, a localisation company, couldn't spell 'localization'.
2012-09-27 08:56:14 AM
1 votes:
www.igorwaver.com

rpnidev.files.wordpress.com


Oh no, even the meme's are turning decidedly British.
2012-09-27 08:40:48 AM
1 votes:

stellarossa: 30 years in the UK, 10 years in USA. I forget which spelling and phrases are which. Occasionally someone reminds me. Usually people get my drift.


Sometimes I find myself thinking: I can't remember if I say "shed-ule" or "sked-ule"...
2012-09-27 08:34:12 AM
1 votes:
Quick crash course for you Septics...

bollocks = bad
the bollocks = good
the dog's bollocks = very good
2012-09-27 08:15:34 AM
1 votes:
it's like the opposite of marmite. nobody loves or hates it. it's just there.
2012-09-27 07:26:41 AM
1 votes:

jmsvrsn: At least it's just British. When Australian "English" begins to creep into this country I'm going to start shooting people.


No worries.
2012-09-27 07:15:16 AM
1 votes:

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 drinking

agreed


Only if you're Greek or Turkish.
2012-09-27 07:14:25 AM
1 votes:

smadge1: As an Australian, I'm bombarded by both British and American culture all the time, so the distinctions here are lost on me.


Wheras I as an Englishman, am bombarded by so little Australian culture, sometimes I forget you even exist.
2012-09-27 07:12:28 AM
1 votes:

flamingboard: DjangoStonereaver: I have been using the British extra 'u' in words like 'valour ', 'armour and 'colour' for years.

You monster.


Don't you mean "mounster"?
2012-09-27 07:08:56 AM
1 votes:

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.


I don't see why. He got better, didn't he?
2012-09-27 06:49:07 AM
1 votes:
Along with Top Gear and Monty Python, I also blame Eddie Izzard and Billy Connolly.
2012-09-27 06:48:19 AM
1 votes:

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.


I want to hit you.
2012-09-27 06:34:26 AM
1 votes:

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.


You said aping twice, you cunning linguist you.
2012-09-27 06:30:57 AM
1 votes:
We're going to steal your words and there's nothing you can do about, you nancy boy tossers.
2012-09-27 06:16:40 AM
1 votes:
As an Australian, I'm bombarded by both British and American culture all the time, so the distinctions here are lost on me.
2012-09-27 05:57:07 AM
1 votes:
Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie.
2012-09-27 05:54:32 AM
1 votes:

alienated: 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.
Cheers


I think it depends on whether the show is "topical" or not.

2012 (an absurdist type comedy about the build up to the Olympics) may not have done as well as it was very topical, but very funny.

Rev and Miranda would probably do better.

Mrs Brown's Boys, if my parents are anything to judge by, would do brilliantly.

Mrs. Brown and the Mormons
2012-09-27 02:22:43 AM
1 votes:
Brilliant.
2012-09-27 01:00:55 AM
1 votes:
i253.photobucket.comBrits need to put olives on the tips of their fingers it feels good AND IT'S THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF FUN!
2012-09-27 12:58:29 AM
1 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: See what happens when people start watching British dramas?


I blame Monty Python
2012-09-27 12:35:18 AM
1 votes:
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!
 
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