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Post by Ben Reilly on Wed May 20, 2020 11:45 pm

... just like Mexican Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Canadian French.

Yet I find a lot of English people seem to bristle at the idea that there is an American English. (There's more to it than that, actually -- there's also Texan English, for one of many examples of subsets of American English.)

And I have to wonder, why do some English people get so bothered at the idea of American English? I mean, I don't see them get equally riled up by the fact that there's also Irish English, Australian English, Canadian English, New Zealand English, etc.

I don't buy one of the arguments I've heard -- that their smartphones and computers try to correct them when they spell, for example, favor with an extraneous U. Because my laptop is set to British English and it just tried to correct my spelling of "favor." Just did it again. There are settings on these gadgets, and when you first set them up, you do tell them what language you speak.

So why is it?

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Post by eddie on Thu May 21, 2020 12:04 am

Dude.
Let
It
Go

Rolling Eyes

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu May 21, 2020 12:05 am

eddie wrote:Dude.
Let
It
Go

Rolling Eyes

That's a very American way of expressing yourself Razz

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Post by Maddog on Thu May 21, 2020 12:13 am

It's just American. No need to even add English. American English - it's really a thing 1366281442


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Post by eddie on Thu May 21, 2020 12:15 am

Ben Reilly wrote:
eddie wrote:Dude.
Let
It
Go

Rolling Eyes

That's a very American way of expressing yourself Razz

Fuck all y’all. Cool

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Post by eddie on Thu May 21, 2020 12:16 am

Maddog wrote:It's just American. No need to even add English.  American English - it's really a thing 1366281442


Fuck all y’all American English - it's really a thing 1942856362

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu May 21, 2020 12:32 am

Come to think of it, it's not just the language. Brits get touchy over the type of football we play in America and hate the fact that we call association football "soccer" even though that name was coined at Oxford.

I'd actually like the English to let it go American English - it's really a thing 1335987845

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Post by Original Quill on Thu May 21, 2020 12:41 am

Once, when I was enjoying pressed coffee, at my Chelsea hotel, on an English garden morning, I read in the London Times an article by some learned chap at Oxbridge who claimed that the American accent is most like how English was spoken at the time of George III.

My breast swelled with pride as I put away my fake Scot's accent and said to people around...yeah...howya doin...doncha jus love the day, the smell of the flouers an' all?

The waitress just put the tab down for me to sign.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu May 21, 2020 2:18 am

Just upgraded to the latest version of Ubuntu on my laptop, and because I did it here in the UK, I've got "favourites" and a "rubbish bin" instead of "favorites" and a "trash can."

Honestly, doesn't bother me. I don't want everyone to speak, act or think the same. I really, really enjoy the fact that we don't.

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Post by Cass on Thu May 21, 2020 4:15 am

I speak American, English and Scots. Laughing

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Post by eddie on Fri May 22, 2020 12:29 am

Je parle un peu français.


Vorbesc puțin românește

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Post by Ben Reilly on Fri May 22, 2020 12:39 am

eddie wrote:Je parle un peu français.


Vorbesc puțin românește

Putin isn't Roman, he's Russian, but nice try ...

No puedo entender por que hablas caca, en serio Cool

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Post by eddie on Fri May 22, 2020 12:41 am

Ben Reilly wrote:
eddie wrote:Je parle un peu français.


Vorbesc puțin românește

Putin isn't Roman, he's Russian, but nice try ...

No puedo entender por que hablas caca, en serio Cool

Oh, whatever. La dracu. Rolling Eyes

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Post by Lurker on Fri May 22, 2020 1:48 am

Does pig Latin count?

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Post by eddie on Fri May 22, 2020 1:57 am

Lurker wrote:Does pig Latin count?

Is that the language one uses when one is married to a fat Latina?

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Post by Lurker on Fri May 22, 2020 10:06 am

Maddog wrote:It's just American. No need to even add English.  American English - it's really a thing 1366281442


That's "muracun" to you, buddy. Smile

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