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Unstoppable rise of American English: Study shows young Britons copying US writing style
Daily Mail ^ | 05/29/2012 | By LAURA CLARK

Posted on 05/29/2012 5:14:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The future of written English will owe more to Hollywood films than Dickens or Shakespeare, if the findings of a study into children’s writing are anything to go by.

The analysis of 74,000 short stories found that their written work was littered with Americanisms, exclamation marks and references to celebrities.

Researchers who looked at the entries to a national competition found they were increasingly using American words such as garbage, trash can, sidewalk, candy, sneakers, soda, cranky and flashlight.

The stories, written by pupils aged seven to 13, show how fairy cakes are referred to as cupcakes and a dinner jacket has become a tuxedo.

‘Smart’ is now often used for ‘clever’ and ‘cranky’ for ‘irritable’.

Celebrity culture also has a powerful influence on children’s work, with Simon Cowell and Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi among the famous names cropping up repeatedly.

But pupils are let down by basic spelling, punctuation and grammar, according to the study by Oxford University Press, which looked at the entries to BBC Radio 2’s ‘500 Words’ competition.

Children stumbled over simple spellings such as ‘does’ and ‘clothes’ and struggled to use the past tense correctly, often saying ‘rised’ instead of ‘rose’ or ‘thinked’ instead of ‘thought’.

Researchers also found that punctuation was underused, especially semi-colons and speech marks. Some did not know how to use capital letters.

However, exclamation marks were overused. Researchers found 35,171 examples in total, with some young writers using five at a time.

The study of more than 31million words will be compared with future research to see how written language evolves. Popular US fiction such as the Twilight vampire novels and films is thought to be fuelling the increasing use of American vocabulary and spelling.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britain; english; uk; usa
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1 posted on 05/29/2012 5:14:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

SPELLING IN BBC '500 WORDS' COMPETITION

AMERICAN WORD OCCURRENCES
BRITISH WORD OCCURRENCES
 Candy (1,879)
Sweets (2,448)
Cupcake (486)
Fairy cake (46)
Flashlight (99)
Torch (2,736)
Garbage truck (9)
Dustbin lorry (5)
Tuxedo (74)
Dinner suit (1)
Sneakers (38)
Trainers (555)
Trash can (38)
Dustbin (290)
Sidewalk (26)
Pavement (924)



2 posted on 05/29/2012 5:16:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

They’ll never replace the word, “brilliant”!


3 posted on 05/29/2012 5:17:36 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Too bad this trend isn’t spreading to mexico.


4 posted on 05/29/2012 5:18:02 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, great, advise instead of advice, it’s instead of its, your instead of you’re, no difference among there, their, and they’re, and so on.


5 posted on 05/29/2012 5:18:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Or, “daft”!


6 posted on 05/29/2012 5:18:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: SeekAndFind

That is unfortunate. If the English speaking work cannot depend upon the Brits to uphold the standards of the English language, upon whom can they depend? upon?


7 posted on 05/29/2012 5:20:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Skiddle arink a dink a dink, Skiddle arink a doo)
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To: SeekAndFind

As much as I watch Top Gear I’m starting to think in british.


8 posted on 05/29/2012 5:23:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

The end of the UK, as we know it.

Yanks have them from the west and muzzies are invading from the east and within.


9 posted on 05/29/2012 5:25:50 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All liberals & most demoncraps think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Researchers who looked at the entries to a national competition found they were increasingly using American words such as garbage, trash can, sidewalk, candy, sneakers, soda, cranky and flashlight. …
. . . as opposed to rubbish, bin, footpath, sweets, runners, “fizzy drinks”, cross, and torch.
The stories, written by pupils aged seven to 13, show how fairy cakes are referred to as cupcakes and a dinner jacket has become a tuxedo. ‘Smart’ is now often used for ‘clever’ and ‘cranky’ for ‘irritable’. …
Uh-oh. What next, “cookies” for “biscuits”, “fries” instead of “chips”, “sharpener” instead of “topper” (for pencils), or (specific to cars) hood instead of bonnet, trunk instead of boot, turn signal instead of indicator, tire instead of tyre, windshield instead of windscreen, ad nauseam . . . ?
But pupils are let down by basic spelling, punctuation and grammar, according to the study by Oxford University Press, which looked at the entries to BBC Radio 2’s ‘500 Words’ competition. Children stumbled over simple spellings such as ‘does’ and ‘clothes’ and struggled to use the past tense correctly, often saying ‘rised’ instead of ‘rose’ or ‘thinked’ instead of ‘thought’. …
They sure didn’t get that from American English.
10 posted on 05/29/2012 5:26:53 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind
We should never apologise for the U.K. way of spelling, what we need to do is organise and recognise our right to the English Language.

Oh Bloody Hell, maybe we should all move to the Centre on this, colour me an optimist, but all this humour might spread to our good neighbours to the North too. That is if their labour party doesn't regain power like the democrats down here.

11 posted on 05/29/2012 5:27:20 PM PDT by KC_Lion (I am finished with listening to empty promises of the great GOP saving me in 4 more years.)
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To: KC_Lion

RE: we should all move to the Centre on this

Centre or Center?


12 posted on 05/29/2012 5:29:53 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, this can’t happen! I watch Brit-coms with my wife, and big fan of Monty Python, so I love all of the Britishisms. I use “bleeding” a lot in spoken language. SAD!

Can we look on the bright side? At least they’re not using Muzzie words and catch-phrase, then we really would know England was in the loo.


13 posted on 05/29/2012 5:31:51 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: SeekAndFind

These people don’t realize that not everyone in the US uses those terms, Those are more cali-fortification.

I grew up in the mid-west, we called it pop and not soda for example.


14 posted on 05/29/2012 5:32:49 PM PDT by dila813
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s no big surprise. Contemporary, British journalism looks like baby talk (lack of needed words, for one).


15 posted on 05/29/2012 5:33:35 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Jack Hydrazine
It is never just brilliant. Try `absolutely brilliant.`
16 posted on 05/29/2012 5:34:04 PM PDT by deadrock
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To: cripplecreek
My exposure to BSE came at an early age. Many relatives encouraged my passions for aviation and motorsport with books. Most of those books were printed in the UK and a grew up assuming that the spellings and grammar used in those books were in universal use. Added to this is the fact that I have been an anglophile since childhood.
17 posted on 05/29/2012 5:34:38 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: KC_Lion

Spellcheck Hell


18 posted on 05/29/2012 5:37:50 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Skiddle arink a dink a dink, Skiddle arink a doo)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh, nice ...


19 posted on 05/29/2012 5:39:17 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: dila813

Spot on! There are regional differences in American English that are not readily reflected in our pop culture.


20 posted on 05/29/2012 5:39:17 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: DEADROCK

21 posted on 05/29/2012 5:40:24 PM PDT by Crazieman (Are you naive enough to think VOTING will fix this entrenched system?)
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To: SeekAndFind; Jeff Chandler
Why Centre my good chap!
22 posted on 05/29/2012 5:44:30 PM PDT by KC_Lion (I am finished with listening to empty promises of the great GOP saving me in 4 more years.)
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!

Is there an Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in England?


23 posted on 05/29/2012 6:06:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: mamelukesabre
I think a better trend to follow would be dental care...


24 posted on 05/29/2012 6:22:35 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

If Europeans could get it right about math instead of maths, I would be happy. Also they are missing a word around hospital.

And calling subway riders “strap hangers”...stop it already! They are not apes. Some sit and should be called sitters.

:) :) ;) ;)


25 posted on 05/29/2012 6:25:36 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: cripplecreek

Same here. I’ve caught myself saying maths a few times.


26 posted on 05/29/2012 6:39:39 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: wally_bert

And I’ve fallen in love with the Aston Martin.


27 posted on 05/29/2012 6:41:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

I’ve learned to love them too as well as hating Morris Marinas except when pianos fall on them out of the blue.


28 posted on 05/29/2012 6:46:17 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: a fool in paradise

RE: Is there an Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in England?

I think it’s spelled Advancement of Colored People over there now.

And oh yeah, many will be surprised to know that blacks in the UK do better economically on average than blacks in the USA.

So, there’s really no need for a group like that.


29 posted on 05/29/2012 6:49:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Thorliveshere

After living in the UK for about a year in the late eighties, it took me several years to gradually stop using most of the Brit slang I’d picked up there.

Even to this day, I pop off with the occasional “crikey!”, or “bollocks!”, and I’ve never managed to drop the ever useful, “mate”.


30 posted on 05/29/2012 6:56:07 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DEADROCK
It is never just brilliant. Try `absolutely brilliant.`

And don't forget the exclamation point. Gotta have that to communicate it just right.

31 posted on 05/29/2012 6:58:22 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Garbage Truck” does seem a bit lowbrow to “Dustbin Lorry”. I wonder if those kids still think a “fag” is a cigarette.


32 posted on 05/29/2012 7:02:30 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: wally_bert
What's not to love.

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Get Sabine Schmitz to drive it fast for me and I'd be a happy boy.

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33 posted on 05/29/2012 7:02:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind
The stories, written by pupils aged seven to 13, show how fairy cakes are referred to as cupcakes ...

'Fairy cake' - what a cute cake concept for a child.

34 posted on 05/29/2012 7:06:00 PM PDT by GOPJ ( "A Dog In Every Pot" - freeper ETL)
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To: Jeff Chandler
That is unfortunate. If the English speaking work cannot depend upon the Brits to uphold the standards of the English language, upon whom can they depend? upon?

I don't know!

35 posted on 05/29/2012 7:27:53 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s just be glad they probably don’t talk about putting a “fag” between their lips very much any more either.


36 posted on 05/29/2012 7:29:18 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: cripplecreek
As much as I watch Top Gear I’m starting to think in british.

Sure, but it's a dangerous language unless you know what you're doing. Don't try this anywhere near Cripple Creek.

37 posted on 05/29/2012 7:39:02 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The stories, written by pupils aged seven to 13, show how fairy cakes are referred to as cupcakes and a dinner jacket has become a tuxedo.

I can't say I'm all that concerned about the British finally learning to use the language properly. Really, giving fairy cakes instead of cupcakes to children? Isn't eating fairies a kind of cannibalism?

I've always been irritated whenever I hear about some Brit being taken "to hospital." Um, where's your definite article? And I cringe whenever I read or hear about someone getting their "flu jab." Dang, that sounds positively painful.

38 posted on 05/29/2012 7:50:02 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Thorliveshere
I think that "bleeding" does no tribute to brit/english. It was a very dis-reputable expression of the lower classes to begin with.
39 posted on 05/29/2012 8:03:11 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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And I cringe whenever I read or hear about someone getting their "flu jab." Dang, that sounds positively painful.

American preference for "flu shot" explains the high level of firearms violence in their society.

40 posted on 05/29/2012 8:10:39 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: SeekAndFind
Study shows young Britons copying US writing style

Well, it's about time they learnt proper English. (Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?)

41 posted on 05/29/2012 8:22:18 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Indians seem to retain Edwardian English....


42 posted on 05/29/2012 8:26:41 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: SeekAndFind
blacks in the UK are far more integrated than blacks in the USA. There is no ghetto mentality. They have their own strong communities (Jamaicans, Ugandans, Barbadians etc) and work ethic.

The troublemakers are mostly Pakis -- moslems...

43 posted on 05/29/2012 8:29:16 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: dila813

In Texas, we call it a coke. Those Brits will lose their minds if they try to figure that out.

Typical conversation:
“You want a coke?”
“Sure. I’ll have a coke.”
“What kinda coke do ya want?”
“I’ll have a Dr. Pepper.”


44 posted on 05/29/2012 8:35:42 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Cronos
Indians seem to retain Edwardian English....

Dot, not feather, right?

45 posted on 05/29/2012 8:50:23 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Skiddle arink a dink a dink, Skiddle arink a doo)
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To: SeekAndFind

thinked? should be thunk
like stinked should be stunk


46 posted on 05/29/2012 9:13:54 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: exDemMom

Brits go to hospital.
Americans go to jail.


47 posted on 05/29/2012 9:15:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

yeh the dot kind


48 posted on 05/29/2012 9:17:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

or more confusingly “the coke i want is a pepsi”!


49 posted on 05/29/2012 9:18:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I think that "bleeding" does no tribute to brit/english. It was a very dis-reputable expression of the lower classes to begin with.

It's a curse which desecrates the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.

50 posted on 05/29/2012 9:19:09 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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