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Old 04-30-2005, 07:36 PM   #16
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I'd probably be chased out of FYM if I dared to let loose with my opinion on US English. I'm with you on the 'not good' front. I've had a couple of vicious flamewars elsewhere in the past and I honestly don't feel like one again.

But if you or anyone want to bash it privately, I won't hold back then!

I'm trying very hard to come to terms with it. Alin, my teacher, tried by reminding me that they are entitled to speak and write however they choose, and as much as I disagree with that as it was not theirs to alter, it's a kind of impasse. So far I have got as far as accepting it within the confines of America, but I never will accept it here.
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It does happen here though. Programme in reference to a computer programme is spelt "program" ie the USA way. Probably because the USA dominates the computer software industry.
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Sometimes when I work at the asphalt plant, I use a woman's desk which is adorned with drawings and messages from her kids. Quite lovely. Except...Her daughter has a few up " I Love You Mom!" and so on. It gives me chest pains.
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Thats a bit peculiar

My daughter has started saying "class" as in ass, not arse.
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There is a cheese ad on the side of the bus here that is written in Kiwi English which I find a little odd.

There are differences in Australian accents, and in the choice of words.

"Avon" is a good word for hearing the difference, as well as "Albany".

Theres Aaaavon in Sydney, and Avvvvvven in Perth. (Accents exaggerated for demonstration purposes). The Perth accent is faster than Sydneys and Brissies. And the rural WA accent is faster again. (well, from some parts anyway)
I've noticed a general difference between people from the Outback and those on the eastern seaboard. I don't suppose I've actually met many people from Perth, but all the eastern states sound as if they have the same accent to me.
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I'm trying very hard to come to terms with it. Alin, my teacher, tried by reminding me that they are entitled to speak and write however they choose, and as much as I disagree with that as it was not theirs to alter, it's a kind of impasse. So far I have got as far as accepting it within the confines of America, but I never will accept it here.
I haven't even come to terms with it then. I don't view it as a dialect; just bad spelling. I grew up as the spelling nerd of the school, and if anyone dared to write something like 'harbor' around me ... at least now I can make jokes about 'u' being rejected.

Oh, and 'zee'? I hate that. If I ever heard someone call NZ - that's En ZED, folks - 'En Zee', I'd ... not be impressed, to say the least.
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I've noticed a general difference between people from the Outback and those on the eastern seaboard. I don't suppose I've actually met many people from Perth, but all the eastern states sound as if they have the same accent to me.
Sydney people sound more nasally than Melbournites.

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"Mangled grammar" is part of the slow evolution of language. That's probably why, over the centuries, "Old English" and current English are completely different from each other.

I have to wonder if English 1000 years from now will be vastly different or not.

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Checkout Firefly, you have the Anglo-Sino alliance and that is reflected in the langauge and the clothing, peppering the speech with bits of Chinese and neologisms such as corpsified.

It will be on the big screen in September so check out Serenity!

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Oh God, dont get me started on Z. It's bad enough it replaces S so often, but at least fucking pronounce it correctly!!


Ok, I'm getting annoyed lol...
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Sydney people sound more nasally than Melbournites.

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I was brought up in Sydney until I was 8 and then moved to Melbourne, going from saying Swimmers to Bathers was weird
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Sydney people sound more nasally than Melbournites.

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All of you Aussies sound nasally.
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lol

I grew up in NSW, then Queensland, then WA so I went from swimmers to togs to bathers.

And don't forget case to port to bag lol
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I was brought up in Sydney until I was 8 and then moved to Melbourne, going from saying Swimmers to Bathers was weird
They're togs I tell you, togs!

Though from living in Queensland for 7.5 years, I've gotten used to calling them swimmers.
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I must confess that the internet and Microsoft Word have forced me at times to screw around with my spelling especially with Z, although I do say 'zed' and not 'zee' and my elocution is very good.
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All of you Aussies sound nasally.
It's totally choice eh bro

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