Skip to comments.Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English
Posted on 09/27/2012 5:23:43 AM PDT by the scotsman
'There is little that irks British defenders of the English language more than Americanisms, which they see creeping insidiously into newspaper columns and everyday conversation.
But bit by bit British English is invading America too.'
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
I watch BBC America all the time.
My favorites are “bender” and “sod off.”
I sometimes hear the word “gormless” in British TV and movies, but I have yet to meet anyone who knows what “gorm” is.
I cringe when I hear “went missing” yech
I always liked “Going pear shaped” for something that’s turning out disastrously.
We’ve been using Britishisms since Sean Connery became 007. We thought it would help when chatting up the birds. It didn’t.
Guilty as charged!
My personal favorites are bloody and wanker.
As in: Obama is a bloody socialist wanker!
I don't see the point of complaining about a few new words.
After all, we could have all been speaking German.. if a few things had turned out different (as the myth goes)
However, I will agree on this: “Bespoke” is unbearably pretentious
Oh, I say. Jolly good old thing. Carry on.
This thread has me chuffed.
I try and use the words “chancer” and “likely lad” every chance I get.
Meh, the Brits need to stop getting their knickers in a twist over the Americanization of britishisms...
British English is hugely influenced by FRENCH, thanks to William the Conqueror...so it’s the French who should be pissed...
another one is “told him off”
A British friend of mine once used the expression “I’m going to take a whiz around”. I had to explain that it had quite a different meaning in this country.
I have several Brits that work in my office. When they speak they seem to get extra credit. It's seems that their accent gives them an automatic increase of 10 points in their IQ. When we Southerners speak people automatically take away 10 points.
Yep...our cousins across the pond do have some great phrases...
How about “I’m fagged...”!?
not in my book, I can’t stand the British accent, it seems vainglorious to my ear, I would way rather hear a southern accent
Bloody Hell, Sod Off!
Do not paint the toilet that colour! It will clash with the colour of the lift outside!
I definitely use Britishisms. We get a lot of English tv as they get American tv and it’s only natural that the language expands. Most of my English friends don’t even notice when I use a “Britishism” so I’m not sure why this professor is getting all upset.
My great-grandfather was a soldier in the British army. He brought the word “bloody” and “ducks” (or “duckie”) to the family about a 100 years ago. We are still use them.
See? I don't even mind being called an 'old thing' as long as it's done with a British accent!
(Um...you did use a British accent, didn't you?)
I’m gobsmacked and knackered.
I’ve owned several Limey bikes.
Does that count ?
What wanker wrote this?
One thing I’ve learned here in NYC, Gamecock: be very careful when you hear a “refined” British accent. English con men are all over this city using that accent to swindle provincial New Yorkers out of their lives. I know of about 4 personally. I hear that accent and I want their birth certificates and arrest record before I even talk to them!
And how many times has the English woman in the office been asked to record the company’s off-hours phone message?
Southerners probably don’t many such requests.
I love “pear-shaped.” I don’t use it myself but it really sums up a lousy situation perfectly.
“Bloody” is a lot worse in British, than it is in American...
This article is spot on!
Top Gear is a great source of British insults.
On the other hand, they use a fair number of American insults.
Remember that British cooking show “Two Fat Ladies” or something?
They were simmering some onions, but they called it “suffering.” I kind of dug that — I bet if I was sitting in a hot pan of butter, I’d be suffering too.
Haley Barbour’s accent even makes Southerners cringe.
I never heard “suffering” although I was a fan of the 2 Fat Ladies. I have heard “sweating” onions but we use that here in the good ole USA.
Instead of saying something is expensive I hear people say it is “pricey”. Where did that come from?
Nope, it wasn’t sweating -— I’ve heard and used that one for years. However, I DID only hear the “suffering” thing just the once, but it was enough to stick in my mind.
My favorite...I mean favoUrite Brittishism is “dodgy”, particularly when talking about a person. It expresses a vague, but strong feeling that something is not quite right about an individual better than any “American” word.
(but behave in here .. you're surrounded by armed bastards !)
“What the Bloody Hell?!” has become my recent favorite expletive. And I frequently tell our annoying dog to “bugger off!”
Not me! It has me ticked off!
Where did that come from? :]
I’ve been using “brilliant” so long, I don’t even consider the British influence any longer!
I hearing a lot more “Spot on!”lately. I think it is an Anglicism, with Americans in recent decades preferring “exactly right” or “dead on.” I have in the last few years heard a few (not many) Americans use “queue” instead of “wait in line.”
My husband’s mother was British, and he also spent part of his childhood in England. One word he says that drives me crazy is ‘drawings’, referring to his artwork, but he pronounces it: drawERings.
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