Thursday, October 11th, 2012

How To Stop American People From Becoming British

"The next time an American 'mate' asks you to 'ring' her on her 'mobile' about renting your 'flat' during your 'holiday,' it’s fair to ask, have we all become Madonna?"
If this ever happens, you have our permission to stab your imaginary friend right in the neck, Briton-style.

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I'm not actually bothered by this, because I believe the reason this is happening now (as opposed to pre-Internet, when it was genuinely hideous) is that Americans are being exposed to Britons and British culture in everyday life to an unprecedented degree. We're interacting with British people on message boards, website comment threads, social networks, and watching much more British TV thanks to BBC America and torrents. So I think a lot of Britishisms are just leaching into American speech just like any other language meme.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

@Edward Sung@facebook
Now I know what meme means, it means "thing." Thank you.

Put him or her in hospital, I say.

migraineheadache (#1,866)

@NotAndersonCooper defo.

BadUncle (#153)

Oh, another trend to go on the mantle, next to "Openly Gay Boxing Coaches at Gleason's Gym," and "Esperanto Cuisine in Red Hook."

I lived in SF many years ago, and my recollection is that the word "flat" is commonly used there. I think it was usually used to describe a floor-though apartment in a mutli-family house.

BadUncle (#153)

@Captain Bringdown My friends call them "rent boxes."

bb (#295)


dado (#102)

I shall maintain my American colloquialisms although I may end up sounding like Dick Van Dyke in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Remember how everybody used to say ciao? Isn't cheers less bad?

hershmire (#233,671)

This is 'Murka, dammit! Only we are allowed to export culture!

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Anglocreep, Eurocreep, I love new wordisms.

Mr. B (#10,093)

OK, OK, there are the Britishisms that some people use consciously ("queue," "spot-on," the use of "cunt" as an ordinary swear word), as annoying affectations. But then there are the far more sinister Britishisms that some people don't even realize are Britishisms! For instance, I've started to see ostensibly American persons omit the word "from" in phrases like "stopping Americans talking like Limeys."

LondonLee (#922)

I wouldn't stab them until they started calling where they live their "gaff"

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Always with the stabbing, the glassing …

Everybody just pick a way to talk and stick with it please. Starting…now!

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