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  1. Profile photo of peppysteve
    peppysteve Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 10:21 am
    Link: American Vs. British English - Check please or bill please? ON the weekend or AT the weekend? And more goofy difference between the two tongues.
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    SparkleBabys Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:04 am
    It took me 7 seconds to develop a fear complex due to that man. o.o
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:07 am
    hehehe BJ oh will i ever grow up....
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    joeyhndc Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:10 am
    That was umm, pretty good, you know, I didn`t know about the weekend thing, okay?
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    Aqua_Bird Female 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:10 am
    He missed....loads.

    Like when Americans leave out the `and` in sentences such as:
    "I`m going to go (and) wash the car"
    Whereas a British person would leave it in.

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    meganopoullu Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:14 am
    m´k
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    Aj_ratboy Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:17 am
    well now i AM bored
  8. Profile photo of NeiltheSheep
    NeiltheSheep Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:19 am
    okay...so, okay....that was very odd...okay...bring back that scary midget...okay....it`s less creep than this guy...okay..
  9. Profile photo of BasuraBlanca
    BasuraBlanca Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:19 am
    Hmm.
    America, FTW!
  10. Profile photo of BrokenJohn
    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:22 am
    Why would you say "check please" when no actual cheques are involved? Doesn`t make sense to me.
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    shivarama Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:26 am
    uhmmm check is another way of saying bill, or the piece of paper with all the stuff you bought on it. but you also pay with a bill, as in a dollar bill... whoa i just realized what that guy was freaking saying

    thats confusing

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    davisboy Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:28 am
    The confusing thing is people in the south talk nothing like the people in the north. Me and my wife who are from different regions of America had the hardest time distinguishing what a submarine and a hogie sandwich were. I say a hogies are hot and subs are cold. but she insists that subs are hot and hogies are cold. Other things we talk differently about are soda and pop. suckers and lollipops, and you all,yall and you-ins.

    Now she talks like I do because we live in the area I grew up in.

  13. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:32 am
    Meh. It`s our language. If you didn`t have so many nukes and a predilection for `liberating` people, the term `American English` wouldn`t even exist. I appreciate we`d be speaking German at this point without that whole WW2 thing, but we firmly repaid that debt by showing Cagney and Lacey repeats for 15 years.
  14. Profile photo of BrokenJohn
    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:32 am
    "piece of paper with all the stuff you bought on it"

    So are you talking about a receipt? Americans call them bills? I`ve never seen that before.

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    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:33 am
    davisboy, a submarine is long and hard and full of seamen. sorry, couldn`t resist.
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    JDeppfan321 Female 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:33 am
    This guy annoys me. Seriously. I don`t know why.
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    habbazoot
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:33 am
    you brits are all topsy-turvey with your "cheques" and your "fish n` chips". where are the chips?(that was a joke, in case you didn`t know).

    the thing said "and more". This just had those 2.?

    and that guy looked like what my social studies teacher would if he was 40.weird

  18. Profile photo of yellowsquare
    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:35 am
    I`m not a violent person, but that man makes me want to punch him.

    If a South Korean person is in the United States speaking British English, it`s not going to be a major disaster. People will still understand him/her quite well. And I`m sure its okay for a South Korean to speak American English in the UK.

    English learners are really torn up about how to say something correctly in Am. or Brit. English, but really, learning one and using it correctly will work in both countries.

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    JazzyPiano Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:36 am
    "Like when Americans leave out the `and` in sentences such as:
    `I`m going to go (and) wash the car`"

    Or in Pittsburgh where we just say "The car needs washed." It bugs everyone not from here when we leave out the "to be"...

  20. Profile photo of yellowsquare
    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:36 am
    BrokenJohn: a piece of paper with all the stuff you bought on it is called a receipt in most circumstances.

    When you`re in a restaurant, however, it magically turns into a check...for some stupid reason :)

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    ianbeany1989 Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:37 am
    "So are you talking about a receipt? Americans call them bills? I`ve never seen that before."

    No, we (assuming your British) call them bills if you get them in a restaurant. A reciept is usually a confirmation of a transation, where as the bill is the amount of money owed.
    So in a restaurant they bring the bill with how much you owe, then you give them the money and you could take a reciept if you need it.

    Do Americans get bills for gas and electric, or do you get checks?

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    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:38 am
    @ ianbeany1989: they`re bills in that circumstance.
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    craig9999 Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:40 am
    i like how he says they (the british) have turned it around!
    we invented the fricking language!
    but because cus ur all dumb as mules!
    you americans changed it so it not so complex!
  24. Profile photo of davisboy
    davisboy Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:40 am
    I have a friend who is british and she was telling about here mum. For the longest time I thought see was talking about a flower she had in her house.
  25. Profile photo of JDeppfan321
    JDeppfan321 Female 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:44 am
    craig9999, insulting people makes you smarter? Look, it`s not our fault the language is like this. Personally, I don`t see a problem with it. It`s basically just a different dialect.
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    craig9999 Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:47 am
    true, i retract my statement.lol
  27. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:48 am
    Craig9999: The British did not invent the English language. It`s Germanic in origin. In fact: "English is a West Germanic language that originated from the Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Britain by Germanic settlers and Roman auxiliary troops from various parts of what is now northwest Germany and the Northern Netherlands." American English and British English are just dialects of English. One is not more right than the other. :/
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    joeyhndc Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:49 am
    As pointed out above, american english has subdivisions, and goes far beyond substituting words for other words, so i can`t speak for everybody. In Canada, it`s bill for gas/electric, check for restaurants, and tab for drinks, even though we retain the british spelling for most words (colour instead of color).
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    JAXLEY Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:55 am
    ROFL, i was talking to an american person (on xbox live), he was going on about my "weird" accent (which is actually totally normal British) and he thought he had no accent whatsoever. Everyone has an accent, and he had a huge drawl. What a dumbass! Then again, most people on xbox live are. (not me :P)
  30. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:55 am
    Arcee, c`mon - as far as the world is concerned it belongs to the English. Hence the name. You`ve only your hands on the thing for a few hundred years and your dropping vowels like they`re going out of fashion. How the letter `u` hasn`t written a formal statement of complaint is beyond me.
  31. Profile photo of JDeppfan321
    JDeppfan321 Female 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:56 am
    Yeah, even in America people say things differently in different regions.
  32. Profile photo of Quik2TheStab
    Quik2TheStab Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 11:59 am
    I am once again reminded that the voice in my head sounds almost exactly like Yahtzee Croshaw`s voice. WHY MUST MY THOUGHTS BE BRITISH?!
  33. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:01 pm
    number696969: As far as you may be concerned it belongs to the British, but to others, like Linguists all over the world, it`s just another language that is spoken by over 300 million people. Languages evolve to accommodate its speakers. Why do you think we had Old and Middle English? Why do you think English was invented? It didn`t just appear.
  34. Profile photo of patthebaker
    patthebaker Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:01 pm
    "britan can suck my old man balls"
  35. Profile photo of shivarama
    shivarama Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm
    so uhmm everybody answered the questions they had to me after i explained a check and bill

    i gotta be alot faster now on

  36. Profile photo of Aqua_Bird
    Aqua_Bird Female 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:03 pm
    I`d say in MOST countries people say different things in different areas.

    And, Jaxley, I`ve also come across yanks that believe they have no accent...oh god.

  37. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:10 pm
    Arcee: I think I love you. However, I said it belongs to the English, not to the British. The British have several other native languages, consisting as they do of different nationalities. The reason it got to be spoken by over 300 million people was primarily a little thing called the British Empire.
    Besides, if those pilgrims had missed by a couple of degrees, you might be speaking Russian or Mandarin by now.
  38. Profile photo of Shoyz
    Shoyz Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:13 pm
    I don`t think I have an accent.

    http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_american_ac...

    This test says:
    "You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don`t have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio."

    Apparently I don`t have an accent!

  39. Profile photo of Shoyz
    Shoyz Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:18 pm
    I`m also from Massachusetts.
  40. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:20 pm
    number696969: I suppose in your study of the history of the English language you`ve come across this thing called the Norman invasion too...which came before the Pilgrims decided to escape religious prosecution, among other things. I`m not saying that American English didn`t become a derivative of British English, but to claim that the English consider themselves the "owner" of the English language is ignorant, at best.
  41. Profile photo of yellowsquare
    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm
    Lies, shoyz.

    Accents are all about relativity. To you and your region, you have no accent. But here in Minnesota, you would have a terrible east coast accent!!! :)

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    m0527j3 Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:32 pm
    This guy is sort of a freak
  43. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    Arcee: It`s not ignorant. Ask the rest of Europe if they`d like to lay claim to having any input into the development of the English language. The noise of mass choking on croisants, sausages, pasta and herring would be enough of an answer for most people:) Besides, the Normans brought us a plethora of legal jargon for which they should still pay. Along with the bloody Romans.
  44. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    And yes, I can`t spell croissants :)
  45. Profile photo of shivarama
    shivarama Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    o yea i have a western accent, which unless im a SoCal surfer, sounds like everybody else

    thats cuz im from california! i wonder how accurate that quiz really is (for other poeple)

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    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:49 pm
    Well, if the rest of Europe is so arrogant to lay claims to ANY language, I`m glad to be American. Hmm...something is fishy about that sentence. :p Perhaps I`m all alone in my modesty.
  47. Profile photo of Shoyz
    Shoyz Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:51 pm
    So my no-accent accent would seem like an accent to people who have accents, Yellow?

    Yow, beat me on that point.

  48. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:54 pm
    Arcee: Can I buy you dinner? We can finish the evening with a snog (do you `snog` in the US?) or an arm wrestle. Your choice :)
  49. Profile photo of chadders42
    chadders42 Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm
    Being british i have always wondered why a pavement is called a pavement...

    Sidewalk makes so much more sense to me... You walk at the side of the road.. You don`t pave mints on the side of the road do you?

  50. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:04 pm
    Arcee, I think you undermined your argument when you wrote "but to claim that the English consider themselves the "owner" of the English language is ignorant, at best."

    English is English. It was heavily modified by other languages centuries ago, a large part of the reason for the big difference between Old English and modern English, but it`s English. American English is a dialect derived from English English <-- note the tautology. It`s purely a matter of national power that makes American English more prevalent than English English and it`s purely a matter of national power that will revise history to create the idea that English is American.

  51. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:06 pm
    number696969: We don`t snog in America. We make out. I have no idea where THAT idea originated from. But, you can buy me dinner? Should I send you my paypal info? ;)

    And to murrymalty: That may be your opinion, but it`s certainly not everyone`s. :/ Although I do have a fondness for spelling theatre and centre with `re`...even if my American counterparts find it a bit pretentious.

  52. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:06 pm
    the correct english known as CE (common english) or queens english is not spoken by either the Brits or the US.
    It`s what spellcheck would speak like (if it could)
    both US and Brit english are colloquialised (is that a word?) dialects. Both are more correct than the other depending on the circumstance, as well as local dialects.
    phew.
  53. Profile photo of BrokenJohn
    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:07 pm
    BJ= BrokenJohn of course.

    One thing that never made sense to me is why people pronounce "herb" without the h.

  54. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    chadders42: A pavement is a paved area. When areas by the sides of roads were first made hard areas for pedestrians, as opposed to just being the edge of a road, it was done by paving them, i.e. making them pavements. So they became called pavements and the name remained when, much later, different methods were used.
  55. Profile photo of kikij
    kikij Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    1. number696969 - don`t buy into that we`d be speaking German bullpoo, it is absolutely NOT TRUE. The American`s didn`t win the war. If any of you were educated you`d be thanking the Russians who had won the war back in 1941 before America even got involved, the rest was just fighting to the death on Germany`s part.

    2. I am still bored. :D

  56. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    oh Arcee, u look kinda sillt now cos i deleted that post and replaced it with something cleva
    Sory :-P
  57. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:10 pm
    Angilion: English WAS modified by other languages centuries ago, but it wasn`t an original language. English didn`t start out as Old English and progress to Modern English. And I`m not saying that American English didn`t derive from English English. I`m just saying that for the English, that is people born in England, to lay claim over it simply because it was spoken there before it was spoken in America isn`t true. My opinion is that it doesn`t belong to anyone. It`s a matter of evolution to me.
  58. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:10 pm
    (i meant silly, not sillt)
    and kikil is right bout the war
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    Alex_84 Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:11 pm
    What`s wrong with this guy? It seems 50% of the words he said are useless. What`s with all of those "okay`s"?
  60. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:11 pm
    I guess I do look "sillt." :/
  61. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm
    um sillt is british for...um...uh...human!
    yes you`re all looking very sillt today, except Alex 84 and angillion, u look like cartoons
  62. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:14 pm
    And I don`t believe that number696969 was referring to WWII in regards to his comment that Americans might be speaking German (and to be honest, he said Russian and Mandarin, I believe). He was referring to when the pilgrims came to America - suggesting that if they had missed their mark by a few degrees, some other country might have pursued North America., namely Russia and China?
  63. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:19 pm
    well i do believe that he meant wot you said he didn`t mean...i think i do?
  64. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:21 pm
    That`s too simplified, kikij. The Allies won WW2, and the word "allies" is the key point. The Soviets (not just Russians) played a big part in that, but they didn`t beat the Germans alone. Britain played a big part, directly with its own power, as a rallying point (there were, for example, tens of thousands of French soldiers fighting under the British flag) and via the remnants of empire (vast numbers of Indians fought in WW2) and with its world-leading science and engineering (most of which was used as part of the payment to the USA for help - yes, we *bought* USA help). Poles helped a lot with codebreaking, Norwegians undermined the Nazi nuclear bomb project, ANZAC always fought bravely...etc. Allies. Then Japan and Germany declared war on the USA and the USA played a big part in the allied fight. Allied. I can`t stress that enough - it was an allied victory.
  65. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:21 pm
    Well, I see that you have a firm grasp on the English language. Bravo! There was some Italian for you. :)
  66. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:24 pm
    Arcee, I`m afraid kikij is speaking about my original tongue-in-cheek posting with references to WWII and Cagney and Lacey. It`s a very British style of humour called `taking the piss`. Sadly the rest of the world didn`t seem to take to that export either :(
    And kikij, to consider 1941 effectively the end of the war in Europe, when the failed German summer offensive on Stalingrad in 1942 was considered much more of a turning point shows you to be a little lacking in education yourself ;) I`m sure the thousands who died after that date can consider themselves `just a bit unlucky` to get caught in the after party.
  67. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:24 pm
    allow the war, its in the past and aint really overly connected with this
  68. Profile photo of Arcee
    Arcee Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:25 pm
    number696969: Well, I tried to back you up and failed miserably.
  69. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:25 pm
    I think German was considered as a possible official language for the USA, back when it was formed. But as Arcee pointed out, the post was referring to earlier than that.
  70. Profile photo of BrokenJohn
    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:29 pm
    Also, you can`t call it British English, as English in Britain varies between different regions. Up North, people say things like "Give it to us" instead of "Give it to me". They also stress their O`s, so "coke" would sound like "coooke". In and around London (urban areas), teenagers called their houses "yards" and they called their friends "blood". I know quite a few people who speak like that. In Northern Ireland people replace "yes" with "aye" etc.
  71. Profile photo of number696969
    number696969 Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:31 pm
    Arcee, I can only throw myself upon the mercy of the court. It`s been fun and a very worthwhile history lesson for me, though. Until we meet again..... x
  72. Profile photo of murrymalty
    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm
    im from S/E UK (not london)
    and i say blud(friend) and i go back yard (home) to munch up(eat) and get liquid (drink) and i say my old man(dad) and old women (mum)
  73. Profile photo of campin_chris
    campin_chris Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm
    Someone above said, "English English" and I was instantly reminded of this clip:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=PgPH0tYXJrA

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    hooray4hazel Female 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm
    now i`m especially bored.
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    TicaVerde Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm
    the title said there would be more phrases. lie!
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    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm
    He makes me want to punch babies.
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    limphotdog Female 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm
    Wow. That guy was pretty creepy.
    It was still pretty interesting and informative, though.
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    deathbringer Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    okay?
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    wake_n_bake Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:31 pm
    This is just stupid.
    Sometimes I ask for a check, sometimes I ask for a bill.

    And who the hell says on the weekend? Over the weekend, dammit!

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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm
    I made a better video of this, 2 videos in fact, check YouTube for them under the name TRWolf.
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    wake_n_bake Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm
    Btw, I love how people are talking about how they invented the english langauge and americans just changed it.

    YOU didn`t invent it. Your ancestors did, not you. And that`s assuming you didn`t immigrate.

  82. Profile photo of SirKevin
    SirKevin Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm
    "britan can suck my old man balls"

    And you can learn to f*cking type.
    Look, British English would be the original, as although many, many different cultures made it up, it was fine tuned and completed in england. Thank you.

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    donridds Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm
    i think we fliped it around they invented the language
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    July 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm
    I think he was trying to undress me with his eyes...
  85. Profile photo of randomer
    randomer Male 13-17
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    July 7, 2008 at 3:13 pm
    Does he think every British person speaks like f**king Prince Charles? What a fricking stereotype.
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    elkingo Male 30-39
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    July 7, 2008 at 3:24 pm
    I don`t know about the "check please" thing. I always ask for my bill, and pay with a check. Sometimes I use cash.. as in the dollar bill.. but I don`t think of it that way. I dunno.. it just seemed like a poor assessment of American ways of restaurant etiquette. I don`t think I have ever heard anyone yell out "check please" around here.
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    Giligadi Male 40-49
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    July 7, 2008 at 4:28 pm
    i hate this guy`s `teaching` style. and only two differences? what a screaming waste of my time.
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    Shellie84 Female 18-29
    4197 posts
    July 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm
    We have our own version of english. Johnno`s gone walkabout, We`ll have a barbie on the weekend, Mum went troppo when she found out I chundered on the carpet, Those bogan`s wrecked my car this arvo, The neighbours damn dog bailed me up yesterday, We bought a new esky - it has a radio built in.

    Etc etc :D

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    canda1985 Male 18-29
    118 posts
    July 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm
    i am getting abit anoyd now if instead of arguing you actually did some reading you could stop this bickering this is how the language came about we did have a language in times of old it was abit like gaylic but over time we were invaded and picked up words from various tongs such as Latin, french, douche, dains etc but we made it are own the point im trying to make is that we don`t speak dutch or french we speak ENGLISH a language made by the English so im pretty sure us britts can call it are own and you yanks copied it pretty much word for word so don`t say we don`t own the language woo feel better now
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    Paul1582 Male 13-17
    670 posts
    July 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm
    Gay. You wasted my life.
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    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
    2513 posts
    July 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm
    sick of the british v american stuff now, thought you had learned your lessons by now...obviously alot of you need to grow up. if i see another british v american post i will personally hunt the poster down and chop off his hands. thus taking away his posting ability. seems to me someone is sitting behind the protection of thier computer saying "this will get a right agument going" then sitting tossing himself off to it and your all giving him wanking material. shame on you.
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    Shoyz Male 13-17
    1228 posts
    July 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm
    Lol @ Sirkevin getting his panties in a bunch.

    Britain can suck my old man balls too.

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    jolindie Female 18-29
    100 posts
    July 7, 2008 at 8:10 pm
    don`t care who "owns" the language. truth is, i can`t stand listening to accents from anywhere overseas. just like i HATE east coast accents and GAG when i hear the actual russian language. BAA to people that leave the r`s out of their speech...the same to overly rolled r`s and back-of-the-throat phlegm incorporated into every word and AHHHHHH this is why i space out when people talk to me and instead play a beautiful song in my head...and sing along...
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    i-am-emo Female 70 & Over
    1264 posts
    July 7, 2008 at 9:27 pm
    Really? This again? I stopped the video when the question came up.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5195 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 12:00 am
    Man, that guy made my skin crawl. The only reason I checked the comments was to see if he creeped anyone else out. Yep. Creepy annoying git. He should just shoot himself for being so creepy and horrible and weird.
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    Gluggr Male 18-29
    422 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 2:47 am
    This man is really, really annoying. If he were my teacher I guess I would have quit learning English a long time ago... The facts are cool though. Escpecialy since I try to use a rather british-style English. (No, I have nothing against Americans or Canadians, but my Girlfriend is British and I try to fit in ;))
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    ecpkngt Female 18-29
    150 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 3:43 am
    "Besides, if those pilgrims had missed by a couple of degrees, you might be speaking Russian or Mandarin by now."
    ???

    Explain.

    And anyways, it`s not as if the Brits can even agree on one dialect amongst themselves. "Standard" English is a far cry from Scottish or Welsh English, and then you have your roosterney, Lancashire, Geordie and whatever the heck you call what all them farming types over in East Anglia speak... Meanwhile we`re split between our regular "newscaster" American, that Midwestern craziness, various twangs of Southern, and the 101 flavors of the Northeast... Why should Britain be able to diversify if you`re gonna pick on us for doing so?

    And so what if we leave the u out? We don`t like writing extra letters. Granted, it`s a bit lazy, but give us credit for efficiency. Though your way has character, I think.

    The language is a composite of German, French and Latin, anyway. There`s no purity to it in the first place.

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    ecpkngt Female 18-29
    150 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 3:47 am
    Aaa! It changed... (tries to figure out how to spell it without being edited again) Caukney to roosterney!

    Freaking hilarious.

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    loonygirl Female 13-17
    2 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 4:55 am
    that man is a freakshow.

    i have never spoken `Queen`s English` (proper english) in my life, i dont think anyone actually talks like that (apart from maybe the Queen lol) over here in england. there are so many accents, just like in the US.

    dumbass man.

    i just find American (no, not american english) such a funny way of talking, like al-LU-min-um instead of al-yu-mini-um.

    hehe just my view =]

    i went to germany for an exchange once, and the teacher was teaching the class english and he pronounced snow mobile as in `snow` and `mobile` and when we told he was wrong he disagreed with us (the english people) goes to show how thick some people are.

    x

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    buttersrules Male 40-49
    401 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 9:32 am
    For gods sake people! Learn to speak Doric, and awa wi a the fechtin.
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    simonb123 Male 13-17
    374 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 9:45 am
    so confusing, we should all just speak english english because im confused
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    Drakey616 Female 18-29
    88 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 9:54 am
    ungh, at the end of the day, americans speak english.....Britain,or mainly england has been speaking english for longer, so technically, ours is correct and the americans have taken it on board and made their own dialect...but even so, half of the idiots here in england cant even speak our own language properly....
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    swisstaco5 Male 18-29
    70 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 1:55 pm
    "but because cus ur all dumb as mules!
    you americans changed it so it not so complex!"

    irony?

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    bmanthe2 Male 13-17
    390 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm
    Does anybody else feel like punching this guy?
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    WolfStar Female 18-29
    455 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm
    This whole British Vs. American English argument is ridiculus. English is a mutt of a language with bits nicked from absolutely everywhere. US and Brit English aren`t different because Americans `changed our language`, they`re different because language is constantly evolving and the two have been separated for hundreds of years. Think of them like chimps and humans; they share a common ancestor, but have evolved to different, yet still similar, points. Have no other Brits out there read Shakespeare? Clearly we`ve changed the English language over the last few centuries too.

    Not all of us Brits are pompous dicks who think we`re better than you, honestly!

    Also, I didn`t even realise people learning English were taught to differentiate between the two types of English. I`ve got used to people learning to speak English with an American accent.

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    phasoo Male 18-29
    285 posts
    July 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm
    asking which dialect of english is better is like asking what happens when a tree falls in the woods.


    why would anyone care?

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    rychlee Female 18-29
    49 posts
    July 9, 2008 at 6:05 am
    oh my lordee... this was supposed to be one of those things you ponder and then go "hmm well.. okay" or maybe laugh at, not lauch a mass debate! (masterbate... hehehe...)

    ahem.. anyway.. if you would like to be apreciatied for your intelectual callibur, i would suggest somewhere slightly ore high brow than iab.

    (small not... make fun of my spelling and call me stupid because i never climed to hve any intelectual value whatsoever)

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    elkingo Male 30-39
    5480 posts
    July 9, 2008 at 10:02 am
    Yeah but America is bigger than England.
    =D
    Also, even though Canada is "British" it`s still our hat.
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    CmdrBittles Female 18-29
    1172 posts
    July 11, 2008 at 11:29 pm
    Everyone I know says bill not check. :/

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