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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 25/7/2012 1:00:03 PM   
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Language evolves. Things change. You either have to embrace the change or get left behind. I am not certain that complaining about it ever made a difference.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 25/7/2012 1:03:54 PM   
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Not really an Americanisation but the way those crazy Yanks pronounce Red Bull does my tits in. I'm not sure if it's the way they emphasise or because they say it as one word - Redbull. It's Red Bull.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 27/7/2012 1:08:37 PM   
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Reiterating a previous point...
The Americanization that annoys me is in subtitling foreign films. I can just about handle seeing a subbed HK actor having American colloquialisms ascribed, such as "gee" or "buddy", but when they change things like the national currency to their own it rather boils my piss.

e.g. In one of Werner Herzog's Germany-set films, I forget which (Woyzeck, maybe), instead of talking pfennings and marks, the subs said dollars, cents, nickels & dimes. But you can see and hear him saying the German currency...





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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 3:16:51 PM   
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People demanding apologies all the time, especially on the internet.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 4:14:04 PM   
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Probably the wrong place but I hate the fact the word "awesome" has grown into the British vocabulary.
I really hate the word "Awesome" and it should really bugger off to where it came from IE America or Australia.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 4:29:07 PM   
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The one that really annoys me is when people acknowledge each other with, "Hey". No, no, no, NO!

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 4:34:36 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

People demanding apologies all the time, especially on the internet.


I'm sorry, but that's just stupid.


quote:

ORIGINAL: OPEN YOUR EYES

Probably the wrong place but I hate the fact the word "awesome" has grown into the British vocabulary.
I really hate the word "Awesome" and it should really bugger off to where it came from IE America or Australia.



Nah, it's awesome.


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ORIGINAL: Ref

The one that really annoys me is when people acknowledge each other with, "Hey". No, no, no, NO!


Hey, people do, you're right!




etc...


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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 4:45:25 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: OPEN YOUR EYES

Probably the wrong place but I hate the fact the word "awesome" has grown into the British vocabulary.
I really hate the word "Awesome" and it should really bugger off to where it came from IE America or Australia.



Nah, it's awesome.




Nail-gun and tongue come to mind at this current moment.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 5:07:53 PM   
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Going back to the 'demanding apoliogies' thing, the whole insidious trend of people proudly wearing their badge of outrage and defending their right to be offended at the most trivial slight is very american. Again, it's particularly evident on the internet (though it doesn't happen on here very often now a much-missed former member is no longer scanning every post for something, anything to take offense at...) but it's becoming increasingly prevalent in normal life too. It's as if a whole generation of uptight, arrogant brits have watched every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm and decided Larry's the bad guy.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 5:28:21 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

Going back to the 'demanding apoliogies' thing, the whole insidious trend of people proudly wearing their badge of outrage and defending their right to be offended at the most trivial slight is very american. Again, it's particularly evident on the internet (though it doesn't happen on here very often now a much-missed former member is no longer scanning every post for something, anything to take offense at...) but it's becoming increasingly prevalent in normal life too. It's as if a whole generation of uptight, arrogant brits have watched every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm and decided Larry's the bad guy.



Take that back! How dare you state such a thing!

(You knew it was coming )

Sadly arrogance and egocentricity does appear to be on the rise in the U.K.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 5:45:08 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

Going back to the 'demanding apoliogies' thing, the whole insidious trend of people proudly wearing their badge of outrage and defending their right to be offended at the most trivial slight is very american. Again, it's particularly evident on the internet (though it doesn't happen on here very often now a much-missed former member is no longer scanning every post for something, anything to take offense at...) but it's becoming increasingly prevalent in normal life too. It's as if a whole generation of uptight, arrogant brits have watched every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm and decided Larry's the bad guy.


So much this^
not to mention India wanting an apology for the woman who walked out with the Indian athletes.....or N.Korea taking offence to the wrong flag being put up, i'm surprized they didnt declare war on GB for that one.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 7:14:30 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sanchia


quote:

ORIGINAL: horribleives

Going back to the 'demanding apoliogies' thing, the whole insidious trend of people proudly wearing their badge of outrage and defending their right to be offended at the most trivial slight is very american. Again, it's particularly evident on the internet (though it doesn't happen on here very often now a much-missed former member is no longer scanning every post for something, anything to take offense at...) but it's becoming increasingly prevalent in normal life too. It's as if a whole generation of uptight, arrogant brits have watched every episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm and decided Larry's the bad guy.



Take that back! How dare you state such a thing!

(You knew it was coming )

Sadly arrogance and egocentricity does appear to be on the rise in the U.K.


I don't think so.


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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 30/7/2012 8:52:44 PM   
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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 3/8/2012 3:34:19 AM   
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"My bad."

What? Form a bloody sentence!
Sounds like Jar Jar Binks.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 1:34:19 AM   
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I have heard people calling the pavement a sidewalk. Also I recently heard someone asking for a zucchini at the supermarket.


That was wrong. It should be succhini. And everyone knows the street is the pavement.

About the awesome thing... I really want to punch someone in the tits or balls when I hear that exclamation.

Then again, I just like to punch people in those areas anyway. Especially if they are in line at Subway acting like they have never been there before. Or if they are talking loudly on their mobile on the elevator in the morning.


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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 8:10:05 AM   
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Or if they are talking loudly on their mobile on the elevator in the morning.



Don't you mean "talking loudly on their cell in the lift?"
ps hello Lu

My kids have started to say "living room" instead of lounge. I'm pretty sure this is an Americanisation, so I've banned them from eating twinkies for a week.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 8:51:02 AM   
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Looks like "living room" was in use in the late 1700s, so probably not an Americanism, seeing as it was just being founded / independified. "Lounge room" has more chance of being an Americanism, I finks.
At least they're not calling it the "den" or the "rec room"!


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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 11:40:52 AM   
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I call it the living room, I thought that's what everyone that isn't a posh twat called it?

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 12:14:54 PM   
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I always thought it was living room too....as long as you dont say it with an upward inflection like your asking a question ?

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 12:17:17 PM   
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"My bad."

What [does that even mean]? [I wish people would] [f]orm a bloody sentence!
[It] [s ]ounds like Jar Jar Binks.



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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 1:12:20 PM   
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Or if they are talking loudly on their mobile on the elevator in the morning.



Don't you mean "talking loudly on their cell in the lift?"
ps hello Lu

My kids have started to say "living room" instead of lounge. I'm pretty sure this is an Americanisation, so I've banned them from eating twinkies for a week.


I thought it was the other way round? Mind, I've always said 'sitting room' anyway.
Speaking of kids, I reprimanded my niece for saying 'couch' instead of 'settee' the other day. It felt great.
Even worse than the deeply annoying 'my bad' though, is the frankly insidious cult of lazy sarcasm that is '(something), much?' Grown men have even been know to use this (though mainly on the internet so the suitability of the word 'grown' is debatable) blissfully unaware it makes them sound like Hannah Montana.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 1:52:42 PM   
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I call it the living room, I thought that's what everyone that isn't a posh twat called it?


Stop calling jonson posh.

Ooo, lounge. I am going to use that. We call our house The Plantation because of the huge porch. The house is wee.


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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 1:59:26 PM   
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Is lounge maybe a term if you have more than one of these public rooms? Every house I was in growing up just had a living room. 

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 2:04:05 PM   
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Both living room and lounge are UK-English and both acceptable. I believe the history of the words' respective uses is linked to class - living room (or area) would generally be used by the upper classes, whilst lounge was what the working classes would use. Sitting room and day room (again, both UK-English) have also been used. I'm not sure if Americans have an obviously American alternative?

But for years the two have been interchangable and rely largely on what you were bought up using - I've always said lounge, my wife has always said living room.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 2:04:14 PM   
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I've only ever used the noun 'lounge' for the section of a pub that isn't the bar.

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 2:04:28 PM   
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Or if they are talking loudly on their mobile on the elevator in the morning.



Don't you mean "talking loudly on their cell in the lift?"
ps hello Lu

My kids have started to say "living room" instead of lounge. I'm pretty sure this is an Americanisation, so I've banned them from eating twinkies for a week.


I thought it was the other way round? Mind, I've always said 'sitting room' anyway.


Yeah, it's always been living room as far as I'm concerned, with "lounge" being the US preference (hence lounge suit, lounge misuc, lounge lizard etc all being of US origin). I reckon jonson should be made to eat twinkies for a week as punishment!  I've always seen the sitting room as the "good room" that you keep for visitors or, as my gran insisted on calling it, the parlour.  Then again, she also called the kitchen "the scullery", so what did she know?

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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 2:06:00 PM   
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Both living room and lounge are UK-English and both acceptable. I believe the history of the words' respective uses is linked to class - living room (or area) would generally be used by the upper classes, whilst lounge was what the working classes would use. Sitting room and day room (again, both UK-English) have also been used. I'm not sure if Americans have an obviously American alternative?



Must be a regional thing too as it's generally the other way round where I'm from.


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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 2:06:51 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: great_badir

Both living room and lounge are UK-English and both acceptable. I believe the history of the words' respective uses is linked to class - living room (or area) would generally be used by the upper classes, whilst lounge was what the working classes would use. Sitting room and day room (again, both UK-English) have also been used. I'm not sure if Americans have an obviously American alternative?



Must be a regional thing too as it's generally the other way round where I'm from.



That might be it - and ditto.


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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 2:22:30 PM   
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Speaking of kids, I reprimanded my niece for saying 'couch' instead of 'settee' the other day. It felt great.





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RE: Americanisation of everything! - 7/8/2012 2:33:03 PM   
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Speaking of kids, I reprimanded my niece for saying 'couch' instead of 'settee' the other day.



Are you talking about the sofa?

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