One of the UK's best comedians and commentators produced a video educating Americans on the use of proper English. A search for it turned up nothing
so here it is for your pleasure and derision, which one likely depends on what part of the world your from. It made me laugh in any case.
Unlike David & the Queen, "aloominum" and "tomAAto" do get on my nerves a tiny bit.
However, colour/color provokes a fury that would put the USA's recent "war" based aggression to shame. It comes up in my job on a daily basis and it,
to use an English phrase, does my nut in.
Americans, sort it out. At very least put the U back in colour? Please?
PS Any correction of my inevitably ropey grasp of my own language will be met with derision, ignorance and pointing out that I am in fact Scottish.
I'm entitled to use and abuse the language in the same way the Americans do.
edit on 25/11/11 by eightfold because: Speeling erors. Oh the irony.
I'm American and have always used colour as my typical spelling of the word. And I use humour instead of humor. I have, of course, received flack for
doing so, even to the point of rudeness. Strange phenomenon.
I flip/flop shamelessly between grey and gray though.
We all have our quirks.
Also being a son of Eire gives one even greater discretion to butcher languages of all sorts
edit on 25-11-2011 by SavannahCat because: (no
Don't worry, even us Americans have lesser forms of English than standard American English. For example, for 49 of the states in the USA,
"Missouri" is known as "Missouri". However, in Missouri, the people pronounce it "Missoura". We can't even get our own bad Engrish right.
Wile I understand the 'fury' ova miss pelled words / and miss takes of gramma / i offen find my self be mused that words such as color or colour
cood eva B quibbled ova. The meaning is the same. It is re congnised as the word...with its appropriate meening /
Langwage is evilootionary and words change to re flect the times (whateva 'the times' means) / dicktionarees (of a reputable nature) provide the
history and developlment of these words / evrything is in its box!
Originally posted by studio500
I appreciate English & US English both by way of spelling and pronunciation.
I do wonder however how these changes came about.
Could it have been due to early perhaps slightly illiterate settlers or could it have been the result of influence from other languages?
I'm facinated by language but in the end I think the US way just adds a little idividuality which I think is cool.
The English are a people, everyone is on the same page so to speak. Americans are poles, jerrys, Dagos and everything in between who picked up
English as a second language. Between all those groups pronunciation has been slightly altered but oddly enough all of them still understood good
oral hygiene which our english counterparts never quite understood.
I have no problem with the way you speak, I have no problem with the way anyone speaks, dialects aren't the issue that most English people have with
the Americans bastardisation of the language. I'm Scottish, we speak very differently to the English.
"fur" = for
"doon" = down
"weeman" = person of diminutive stature.
However, we all spell words the same way because we all fundamentally speak the same language. Say it how you like, but spell it properly!
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