Thursday, October 11, 2012

The British are coming! The British are coming!

Paul Revere

No, this isn't about Paul Revere. The Brits as we Former Colonials refer to them, seem to think "their" language, or their version of what's referred to as "English," is being imported for mass consumption in the Former Colonies (our beloved USA).

"After years of us importing Americanisms – taking rain checks, going on vacations, getting coffees and saying we’re good and OK – the tide is turning. Influenced by Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Top Gear, the Yanks are at last turning back to the language of the mother country."

I guess the guy writing the story looks at it as Payback Time. (Rather touchy of him, I'd think.)

Another Brit has a website keeping tabs on us. (Noticed any drones bearing the Union Jack around your place?)

I plead guilty to being a fan of  the now-defunct "Monty Python," and the current "Doctor Who" and "Top Gear." There have been others I'd watch now and again. I don't, however, make much use of the words or phrases I've learned from watching.

As I was reading the story, I remembered a quote that was attributed to Sir Winston Churchill: "Two great nations, separated only by a common language." Whether or not he said it is questioned.

The author is one of the questioners... "What would the Dowager Countess of Grantham say to that? Two nations, still divided by one infinitely flexible, constantly reinvented, uncommon language."

His effort may or may not have been done in jest. I found it to be rather humorous in nature. 

Cheerio and and Ta Ta for now, Chaps (and Chapettes). That's rather enough rubbish for now. I'd think.

1 comment:

  1. The Brits are just jealous they can't speak correct English...just their Cockney English. Poor bloody buggers.


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