Well I don't want to live in an Americanised world; I'd rather take arms
against a sea of illiterate yanks, than suffer the slings and arrows of
their nauseating makey-uppy drawl. (and yes I do have American friends!)
I know it's not going to feed the starving children in Africa, but I simply
can't feckin' stand seeing the word "center" and "color" and
raising the intonation at the end of their sentences.
American-English is like a giant linguistic fingernail down the English
On 19/09/05, Giuseppe DAngelo <pippudoz(a)yahoo.it> wrote:
I love these kinds of debates - the ones that can go around in circles
until the cows come home. Sure, I get pissed off (AE pissed) at american
spellings as much as the next bloke - but it doesn't mean I can't follow
what's going on - nor does it mean that it will ever influence my pristine,
strawberries and cream, Oxbridge, very best of the Queen's english - with a
name like Giuseppe d'Angelo - you wouldn't expect otherwise would you?
I love the fact that there are a couple of thousand words that might be
found in wikipedia with two spellings (both equally acceptable). It makes it
easier for me to point to my thick skulled paisani and say to them: don't
worry if a word can be spelled two or three (or five or seven) ways in
Sicilian - it's the same word and we all understand it regardless of how you
want to spell it - it's not as big an issue as you think - look at English!
- the language of the lower orders under Norman rule now rules the world -
but the varieties are as many as teams in the English FA. It hasn't mattered
one jot - there are more important things to worry about - like who will win
out of the Sydney Swans and West Coast Eagles this Saturday at the MCG and
will Bazza be rubbed out for a week? And has there truly been a leak in the
brownlow voting? Now they're important questions!
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