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Originally posted by phatpackage
in Australia we call it fuel or Petrol (from the word Petroleum). but then again what an American calls a "Drug Store" we call a Chemist or Pharmacy!
Originally posted by mblahnikluver
Does it matter
You guys call cigarettes fags...why is that?
I will say I love the way men talk from the UK. I met some Royal Navy guys at work and my god their accent and wordage was pretty hot lol but I would think for the ladies in the UK it's no big deal. It seems like they talk more proper to women than they do here. I liked it
Originally posted by schuyler
Pop OR Soda? The difference will categorize you instantly. I once saw a linguistic map of this, but don't remember the details. It's Soda in the South, Pop in the Northwest. Hmm, deserves its own thread.
Originally posted by pyrodude
"Americans pronounce Herb, erb, we say herb because it has a F'n "H" in it!" - Eddie Izzard
In the early days, British travelers in the American colonies often commented on the ‘purity’ of the English spoken in the new world. It wasn’t until the American impertinence of 1776 that Americans seem to have begun ruining English
The differences between American and British are not due to Americans changing from a British standard. American is not corrupt British plus barbarisms. Rather, both American and British evolved in different ways from a common sixteenth-century ancestral standard. Present-day British is no closer to that earlier form than present-day American is. Indeed, in some ways present-day American is more conservative, that is, closer to the common original standard than is present-day British.
Originally posted by James1982
Could care less vs couldn't care less bugs the hell out of me too, but I don't think that's an American thing. I have a German friend that says it, but that could just be because he doesn't have the best grasp of the English language (American or "kings")