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  1. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    June 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    Link: I Could Care Less English PSA - Bah. We reckon it`s just sour grapes since the US topped England in their World Cup Group...
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    Pooptart19 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    I could care less about this video. :)
  3. Profile photo of Antithet
    Antithet Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    It`s not sour grapes this was before the world cup and this man doesn`t like football.
    It`s probably the fact you can`t understand a language you`ve had for over 200 years
  4. Profile photo of TopperHey
    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    What the hell is David Mitchell doing? Sounds like a right knobhead.

    And yes, he doesn`t care about football and this was posted to youtube over a month a go.

    And by-the-by, the USA v Ghana game is shockingly abismal. It`s awful.
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    kerryfairy82 Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    Yes i have noticed American`s saying that, even in a Greenday song
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    sn4000 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm
    This is more than a month old whoever made the caption needs to get a brain
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    sheaton319 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    lol that was great

    especially the herb part.

    Do Brits really pronounce the "h"?
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    LexiLeet Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    Lol@Bookworm going across screen at 2:55. XD
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    Neko_Sik Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    I hate it when people get the phrase "Couldn`t care less" wrong. I feel just like this guy on the subject.
  10. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    This is more than a month old whoever made the caption needs to get a brain
    I wrote the caption. I`m British. I know it`s a month old, I know who David Mitchell is, and I know he hates football. This is I-Am-Bored.com, not the f*cking Sunday Times. Christ.
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    dremkast Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    90% of America will never understand this.
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    Mantolwen Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm
    "lol that was great

    especially the herb part.

    Do Brits really pronounce the "h"?"

    Yes.
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    mamba Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm
    lol! awesome!
  14. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    and please...learn the destinction between a Boy-Toy and a Toy-Boy. Used in a sentance....

    Madonna is the original Boy-Toy.
    Anston Cusher is Demi Moore`s Toy-Boy.

    The Toy-Boy cannot be a Boy-Toy unless he is gay in which case the correct phrase is "Twinkie".

    Okay, got that?
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    matrixie Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    Yes we do sheaton319, because it isn`t a silent H...
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm
    Most of the people that I know that are aware of this are American. On that same vein, most of the people that I know that violate this are British.

    Both sides of the pond are respectively bad at grammar and their own brands of English.

  17. Profile photo of Seastone
    Seastone Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    I realized the "couldn`t care less" thing when I was quite young and have been saying it properly ever since, even though no one else on our side of the pond seems to get it.

    Also, can someone please make a counter-video explaining how British people say these words? I know they say aluminum very oddly, but what do they call the sidewalk? And how do they say research?

    Oh, and one last thing: is it just an American failing, or do other English speakers say etcetera "eck-set-er-a" as though there is no first T also? I hate that so much. It`s not ect. It`s etc.
  18. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    wow, me learning!
  19. Profile photo of APJ311
    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm
    I saw this ages ago, it`s not sour grapes..............Americans are just stupid. ;D

    I could care less though.
  20. Profile photo of APJ311
    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    @Seastone

    AluminIum - we spell it with an i in between the n and the u.

    Pavement = sidewalk.

    I say `research` in different ways depending on how I phrase the sentence:

    : I need to do some `ree-search`
    : I need to `ri-search` something (`ri` like wrist)

    I don`t really know how other people say it.
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm
    That was awesome.
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    MOTBO Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    Inchworm!!!!!!
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    Swisskid10 Male 13-17
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    @Seastone
    As already mentioned we say aluminium, because well that`s what it`s called (it says so on the periodic table) and to my knowledge I don`t know anyone who says ecksetera, but then again I live in Switzerland.
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    FIRST_poster Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    at 1:55 you clearly see that he`s got no balls
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    Heureux Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    The irony is that philologists state that American English is closer to correct or traditional English than British English is.

    And the Queen speaks ebonics off-camera.
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    NotAllowed Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm
    lol..david mitchell rocks!
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    Arayta Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    Ahahaha! I never got why people say "I could care less," because it really only raises the question as to how much you do care. I`m an American and I`ve always said "I couldn`t care less" because, well, it always seemed to make more sense to me.

    Anyway, as for other things (such as differences in spelling and pronunciation), I couldn`t care less! As Americans, we have a different dialect, and that`s fine. Just as the Spanish language has different dialects in the various countries in which it is spoken.

    Actually, I wonder if the Spanish are as petty about the origins of their language as some English people are.
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    RecycleElf Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm
    I often used "i could care less" but atleast i used it in the right way.

    him: Do you really care if the car is red or blue?
    me: no, but i could care less.
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    100stories Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    "Oh, and one last thing: is it just an American failing, or do other English speakers say etcetera "eck-set-er-a" as though there is no first T also? I hate that so much. It`s not ect. It`s etc."

    I`ve never heard anyone pronounce it that way... Are you sure you haven`t just been hearing it wrong? Etc is short for et cetera and that`s how I pronounce it.

    In other news: I love David Mitchell. As in, I really fancy him. I wish he would marry me.

    *swoon*
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    grahamm Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    "Bah. We reckon it`s just sour grapes since the US topped England in their World Cup Group.."

    how`d that work out for you?
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    ajr2006 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm
    Orrrr the fort is just really poorly constructed and is more or less just a tent and you`re holding it down in case a strong gust of wind comes by to take down your fort.
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    IAmTheMoose Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    which means you should wait for the wind to knock it down, and then HOLD it down..?
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    ajr2006 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm
    @iamthe moose NO, you hold down the fort so the wind doesn`t blow it over. ;)
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    Oscola Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    You should delete the sub-title for this link seeming as the USA just got battered by Ghana
  35. Profile photo of ajr2006
    ajr2006 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    Oscola does that change the fact that the U.S. beat England in the first round?
  36. Profile photo of IAmTheMoose
    IAmTheMoose Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm
    why do you need the modifier `down` in the expression for it to be used? it doesn`t mean anything, and if it did the only logical ways it could be used imply that the fort is going to come down
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    DrMambo Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    Huzzah David Mitchell! Clever humor is good.
  38. Profile photo of poofydoom
    poofydoom Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    This was way too long and annoying.
  39. Profile photo of MagsHeadroom
    MagsHeadroom Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:35 pm
    ajr2006, I`m afraid your country can`t say much until we lose horribly tomorrow
  40. Profile photo of Antithet
    Antithet Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    Also why do people say: "you do the math" It`s maths! ssssss! It`s not called mathematic it`s called mathematics. Plus why wouldn`t you pronounce the `h`?
    Anyway people should remember, myself included, that the English language does maintain certain rules however the English language is also very organic in the sense that it grows and changes to adapt to contempary culture.
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    grahamm Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    "Oscola does that change the fact that the U.S. beat England in the first round?"

    you didnt. we both drew 2 games and won 1.

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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    I found it funny, but there`s one problem. We (in the US) DON`T speak The Queen`s English. We speak a dialect called American English. While is point is valid about caring less, to speakers of American English, holding down the fort makes perfect sense. We`re not literally holding it down. I could make a similar argument about "holding the fort" making no sense. You don`t actually hold onto the fort, you`re holding it in a military sense. For that reason, saying I`m holding down the fort makes just as much sense, assuming the term holding down is understood to mean the same thing. And, in American English, it does.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    "`Oscola does that change the fact that the U.S. beat England in the first round?`

    "you didnt. we both drew 2 games and won 1."

    We (The US) were ranked higher because we had more goals. But now we`re out of it, so it doesn`t really matter.
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    Nahh, it`s David Mitchell, he literally COULDN`T care less about football, being the privately educated gentleman that he is.
    And ajr2006, you obviously don`t even follow the footy, because:
    1) USA 1 - 1 England, is a draw... NOT a win. Learn to count you plebeian
    2) It`s the `group stage`, not the first round. Round implies that it is a knockout stage.
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    The one that grates on me is the superfluous "at" in phrases such as "Where are you at?", as "Where are you" conveys exactly the same information.

    The extra "at" adds no meaning, and just makes the speaker sound uneducated (in the same way that "ain`t" does).
  46. Profile photo of Jowsh
    Jowsh Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    "and please...learn the destinction between a Boy-Toy and a Toy-Boy. Used in a sentance....

    Madonna is the original Boy-Toy.
    Anston Cusher is Demi Moore`s Toy-Boy.

    The Toy-Boy cannot be a Boy-Toy unless he is gay in which case the correct phrase is "Twinkie".

    Okay, got that?"

    I hate to be a spelling nazi, but in the case of a language thread...
  47. Profile photo of Hammersley19
    Hammersley19 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    The term "I could care less" would convey not being able to care less if the speaker was being sarcastic. We all know how sarcastic those Americans are!

    Unlucky going out USA, I was rooting for you!
  48. Profile photo of MissMage
    MissMage Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    "Holding down the fort" is NOT a stupid expression. It`s a metaphor. You`re holding it down so it won`t get away from you and into the enemies hands. Sure it`s an extra word, but I see nothing wrong with that.

    "Also, can someone please make a counter-video explaining how British people say these words? I know they say aluminum very oddly, but what do they call the sidewalk? And how do they say research? "

    Al-oo-MIN-ee-um

    A sidewalk in England is technically called a footway, but most just call it pavement.

    As for how they say research it`s not THAT different. Reh-SEARCH.
    We Americans say "REE-search".
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    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    the one that gets me is the people who say supposably when its supposedly, the other term that makes me cringe is "ain`t never"
  50. Profile photo of tenty
    tenty Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    I got asked in Florida if I knew the queen.... Then the woman went off to tell her husband what a lovely "Australian" she met.
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    Jowsh Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm
    ps `oftentimes` as a word.. grr
  52. Profile photo of GHudston
    GHudston Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    "I know they say aluminum very oddly"

    We pronounce it "Al-ewe-min-ee-um" because it`s spelled "AluminIum". The "ium" is used as a suffix in a LOT of elements in the periodic table.

    You wouldn`t say Iridum, Helum, Uranum, Potassum, Sodum etc., so why say Aluminum?
  53. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    You wouldn`t say Iridum, Helum, Uranum, Potassum, Sodum etc., so why say Aluminum?

    If I recall correctly, `aluminum` was a printing error that somehow stuck.
  54. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    A sidewalk in England is technically called a footway, but most just call it pavement.

    To head off the "why do they call it that?" posts, it`s because a pavement is a paved area and the pedestrian sections alongside roads were originally paved, at least in Britain.
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    Xenophonix Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm
    I am so glad someone finally put straight that could care less issue, it`s been annoying me that people say that for years...

    As the great Eddie Izzard said: "We say HERBS because it has a *%!$ing "H" in it." XD
  56. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    "Oscola does that change the fact that the U.S. beat England in the first round?"

    you didnt. we both drew 2 games and won 1.

    Look at the group results. USA beat England on the standard second tie-break criterion - goals scored in that part of the tournament.

    They`re out, but they played well and showed something new - the USA now has a world class football team.
  57. Profile photo of Billy62
    Billy62 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    We say aluminum because that`s how it`s spelled over here. Wikipedia knows all.
  58. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm
    The irony is that philologists state that American English is closer to correct or traditional English than British English is.

    If you`re looking for tradition, no modern form of English is at all close to traditional English. Modern German is closer to traditional English.

    If you`re looking at something more modern and you really want a correct version, then the most correct version of English is English English. The tautology should make that obvious. English from England, the country that English is named for.

    Is American English a legitimate dialect? Yes, of course.

    Is American English more correct English than English English? No, of course not.
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    oxyl Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm
    the queen can suck it
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm
    especially the herb part.

    Do Brits really pronounce the "h"?

    Yes, because it`s there. It wasn`t until I watched a USA cookery program and momentarily wondered what they were talking about that I found out that Americans ignore the `h`.

    Are there any other words beginning with `h` that you pronounce without it? Or any other words for which you ignore the first letter? Seems pretty odd to me - why not change the spelling to `erb`?
  61. Profile photo of DDJay
    DDJay Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm
    i have watched the USA lose to Ghana with a very good american friend, he is gutted. he has been in the UK for 10 years and he still insists on calling the footpath `the sidewalk`. we argue about it regularly. I, of course, insist it is a path that you use your feet on. he, of course, insists that you walk on the side of the road, hence a sidewalk. obviously he is wrong. end of argument.
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    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm
    Pip pip cheerio. Jolly good sir!
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    LightShaded Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm
    I could care less.
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    DDJay Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    also the dropping of letters in speech. i`m from essex and we rarely say our `h`es. and many others in day to day speak. for example ` I have had enough. i am going to go home.` would proberly become ` i`ve `ad nuff. i`m go en `ome.` its clearly hard to convey in text. but i hope you get the gist of what i mean.
  65. Profile photo of Matwix_2004
    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm
    Haha, I was thinking about this earlier today and getting quite annoyed at people who do that.
    :D
  66. Profile photo of DDJay
    DDJay Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    it is commonly called estuary english. and as with any language it evolves. if language didn`t evolve we would still be talk or type to be more exact `ye olde english` and thou wouldnst likest that me thinks.
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    TheNineXXX Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    Received Pronunciation FTW!
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    DDJay Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 5:41 pm
    Oh fair play Sir. RP. one has endeavoured to find the definition and you have come up trumps. good show.
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    CallofKtulu Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    Actually, DDJay, I`m pretty confident that if we currently spoke "ye olde English", we actually "wouldst like that me thinks." That`s like saying that, given we were all currently speaking old English, we wouldn`t like speaking modern English. Which I`m pretty sure isn`t something that`s really objectionable. It just is what it is. We couldn`t care less.
  70. Profile photo of DDJay
    DDJay Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm
    fair point. i didn`t mean to be objectionable. i was reacting to the previous replies. i really dont mind how people express themselves. although i do have a pet hate of `lol` at the end of every sentance, lol.
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    Mahaloth Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm
    Couldn`t care less.
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    Harleq Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm
    For the Record, Old English isn`t that "Whilst thou thee" stuff, If you were to try and read it you`d be confused as all hell.

    i.e. "Si þin nama gehalgod" = Hallowed be thy name
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    JayElDoubleU Male 13-17
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    June 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm
    Distracted by horrible teeth that looked somewhat fake. Did he add them in making fun of the stereotypes or are those his actual teeth?
  74. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    if language didn`t evolve we would still be talk or type to be more exact `ye olde english` and thou wouldnst likest that me thinks.

    i) That`s early modern English, not old English. Not even middle English.

    ii) It`s also wrong for early modern English. I`m far from an expert, but my attempt would be `methinks thou wouldst not liketh that.`

    Two famous passages:

    Old English:

    Hwæt! We Gardena in geardagum,
    þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon,
    hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon.
    Oft Scyld Scefing sceaþena þreatum,

    *late* middle English, i.e. relatively close to modern English:

    Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote
    The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
    Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
    Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
    Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

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    -LuckyDucky- Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm
    Hold on one cottin pickin second her. If you tell someone that you could care less and you clearly don`t care very much at all wouldn`t that be correctly used? You`d be saying that the way you`re acting currently is you caring at least a little bit, and you could actually drop lower on the not caring scale.
  76. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    June 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm
    If you`re go for really old English, you wouldn`t even get a semi-Romanic alphabet. Runic script back then. Furthorc, if I recall correctly.
  77. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    June 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm
    and another thing!

    the is no "X" in espresso!!!!!
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 8:32 pm
    "Erbs? Really? You`re French now are you?" XD

    Huh, I only heard it "hold down the fort" never heard the other version before.
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    Mothrog Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    at least we say earth not earf
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    Skellan Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm
    He is talking pish.

    ...talking P.I.S.H.
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    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    Austin: Listen, dad, if you are are going to say naughty things in front of these American girls then at least speak English English.

    Nigel: All right, my son: I could`ve had it away with this cracking Julie, my old China.
    Austin: Are you telling a bunch pork-pies and a bag of trout? Because if you are feeling quigly, why not just have a J. Arthur?
    Nigel: What, billy no mates?
    Austin: Too right, youth.
    Nigel: Don`t you remember the crimbo din-din we had with the grotty Scots bint?
    Austin: Oh, the one that was all sixes and sevens!
    Nigel: Yeah, yeah, she was the trouble and strife of the Morris dancer what lived up the apples and pears!
    Austin: She was the barrister what become a bobby in a lorry and...

    Austin & Nigel:-tea kettle!
    Nigel: And then, and then--
    Austin & Nigel: She shat on a turtle!
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    mrpuddle Male 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm
    Gerry1of1 thank God someone else gets it. :)
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    June 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm
    Angilion - Another word where we drop the initial h is hour (our). I can`t think of any others but I know from a young age I was taught hour has a silent h and that herb can be pronounced with or without the h sound (though typically without, here).
    Just looked it up, some others are heir (air) and honor (onor).
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    Max_Normal Male 30-39
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    June 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    Nobody in England really gives a damn how Americans speak, very few of us give a damn about whether the Queen even exists, very few of us speak like David Mitchell anyway (typical Oxbridge graduate dominating BBC comedy as they always have done), and abosultely none of us whatsoever speak like American stereotypes of British English (which seem to be based on WW2 newsreels and 1960`s British TV). Still if it makes you happy, go for it. please watch this www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmp8cLu7UWI
  85. Profile photo of TR-Wolf
    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
    1557 posts
    June 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    Love David Mitchell :)
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
    1557 posts
    June 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm
    @Mothrog who says "earf" ?
  87. Profile photo of TR-Wolf
    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
    1557 posts
    June 26, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    Here, have some YouTube goodness on UK vs US English, by an Englishman... ME! :)

    UK vs US English
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    June 26, 2010 at 11:32 pm
    vv Ha, I watched that one of yours before Wolf. It`s a good `un!
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    chunkymonkie Male 13-17
    670 posts
    June 26, 2010 at 11:53 pm
    lets just say she doesn`t give a f*ck
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    r3tr0r0ck3r Male 18-29
    187 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 12:54 am
    Yes, that`s right, it`s all about the football...
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    jayme21 Male 18-29
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    June 27, 2010 at 12:59 am
    There has been a trend to diverge from the Queens and move to estuary english which has kind of absorbed bits of roosterney. Many people started speaking it in an attempt to fit in be a self made man rather then rich. Then it just spread outwards from London.

    Plus its "H"erb, erb just sounds like a term for some weed.

    @whoever said it , Hold the fort makes more sense then hold down the fort. You`re holding onto your position at the fort from the besieging enemy. Holding down onto your position doesn`t make sense.

    @Max Normal , A lot of people do care about the Queen, Making common mistake many people do about issues. Just because the minority that don`t care are most vocal doesn`t mean they`re the biggest. Ever heard of the silent Majority.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
    3001 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 1:06 am
    love it XD
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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 1:49 am
    Yes, that`s right, it`s all about the football...
    Shhh, don`t tell anyone, but that was what`s known colloquially as "a joke". We know it`s not about football. It was an (apparently poor) attempt at mild topical humour.

    Or humor.
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 3:05 am
    Maybe David`s next rant can be on the existence of time and how it organizes our events.

    Like how this was on youtube in May, yet apparently is a response to something that occurred only in June.
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    jimbobsthebe Male 18-29
    639 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 3:36 am
    Oh and another one that annoys me, `They got beat`. No they didn`t. they were beaten.
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 4:06 am
    Also, luckyducky:

    "You`d be saying that is you "

    If "Acting like you care" and "care" were the same, sure.

    They`re not.

    "I could care less" is almost universally used to mean "stop talking to me about it", or "I don`t care", or one of many synonyms.

    If someone tells me "I could care less", I`m going to keep talking to them, sending them the newsletter, and showing them pictures of it.

    After all, they care, at least a little bit right? If they could care less, so what? They don`t CURRENTLY care less, they just could at some future point.

    When that future point coincides with them using proper English, they`ll be able to convey to the rest of the world what they mean.
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    Kaonin-Kun Male 13-17
    49 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 5:07 am
    England ftw
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    lukas1051 Male 18-29
    3428 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 6:12 am
    I never knew Americans said this anyway, but yeah, there`s no logic whatsoever.
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    pariahnola Male 18-29
    649 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 6:23 am
    I would just like to point out the fact to all of you British folk out there that you people invented the English language and yet at least half of what y`all say makes no damn sense at all. And yes I used y`all.........hows that for the queens English huh lol................just saying
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 6:34 am
    drating yes, you should get the rest of Davis podcast, its amazing
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    amonamarth20 Male 18-29
    250 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 6:39 am
    ahh mitchell

    if anyone liked this you should checkout something called peepshow and mitchell and webb
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    amonamarth20 Male 18-29
    250 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 6:40 am
    it probably makes no sense to you paria because your variation of "english" is so far away from our way of "english" that our english almost seems like another languange despite being the origin of your variation of english
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    fnkychkn Female 40-49
    855 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 7:20 am
    well, again, the comments were better than the post...thanks youse guys...
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    patchouly Male 40-49
    4746 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 7:34 am
    LOL! I love the English!
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7421 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 8:30 am
    I agree with the `could care less` issue! erb- oh come on- please- it sounds silly!
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    Smileyguy1 Male 30-39
    124 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 8:31 am
    That was hilarious.
  107. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 8:55 am
    LillianDulci:

    Thanks for the reply. Those other examples of a silent leading `h` are the same in English. Which gave me a clue about `herb`. English `herb` comes direct from the Latin, American `erb` comes from the French (which comes from the Latin).

    But it should be spelt `erb` or `erbe` in American English.
  108. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 9:03 am
    Max_Normal:

    i) Many of us give a damn about the Queen. Firstly, monarchy is a part of our cultural heritage. I realise it`s currently fashionable to deride our own culture while embracing everyone else`s, but I don`t give a damn about being fashional. Secondly, the monarchy brings a fortune into the country. We make a big profit off them, and the Queen is the guts of the monarchy.

    ii) None of the Americans I`ve spoken with seemed at all surprised by my speech, which is not like the stereotype you describe. The few I`ve met who`ve come here have been surprised by how much English accents vary over such a short distance, though.

    iii) Plenty of people in England give a damn about how Americans speak. It`s interesting to people who are interested in language.

    We`re not all parochial oafs dismissive of our own culture and ignorant of everyone`s culture including our own.
  109. Profile photo of Midnightlake
    Midnightlake Female 18-29
    449 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 9:32 am
    Haha I love David Mitchell.
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    YLE Female 18-29
    961 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 9:38 am
    lol i have s secret tunnel and false beard.

    note he has stereotypical british teeth
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
    1452 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 9:47 am
    "and another thing!

    the is no "X" in espresso!!!!!"

    Gerry, I completely agree on this one. But sadly that`s Italian and you`re an idiot.
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    techgeek07 Male 30-39
    2594 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 10:38 am
    The Brits don`t have hover forts? Man, it must be like living in a third world country.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36213 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 10:39 am
    @Spider_sol

    english is comprised of many languages. and eXpresso is wrong in any language.

    As for me being an idiot...well, I`ve heard that a lot so who am I to buck popular opinion
  114. Profile photo of Bioshocker
    Bioshocker Male 13-17
    593 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 11:56 am
    David Mitchell FTW!!!
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    krazyfreak58 Female 13-17
    246 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm
    the `could care less` ting annoys me and im from america!
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    Tarquin_Duck Male 18-29
    45 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm
    I love David Mitchell. I agree with everything he just said :D I would add in the thing about Americans calling fillets fillays too (I know that`s not how it`s spelt but that`s how it sounds)
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
    2868 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    I was born and raised in the US and I am constantly baffled by the linguistic inadequacies of my coinhabitants here. For fcuks sake, we had a president who said "nucular" for eight goddamn years. That`s how fcuking Homer Simpson pronounces it. Half the time Bush sounded like Early Cotton from Squidbillies.
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    Morgoth Male 18-29
    7 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    David, I can`t help but notice your ironic choice of seating in the chart. Why don`t you remove that bar that’s up your ass, stop putting things in laitance form in attempts to insult our intelligence, work on your soccer skills, and go get some ortho work done like the rest of America.
    Thanks
    P.S. Seriously, those soccer skills really need to improve. See you in four years.

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    piiink1 Female 13-17
    179 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    I`m from the US and I`ve understood many things that are said like the I could care less thing
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
    2029 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    hahahaha `erbs.
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    fivezones Male 40-49
    1021 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 2:39 pm
    First half was funny "I couldn`t care less" but the second half on holding the fort was dull and pointless. Like the English soccer team.
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    Dr_Sexy Male 30-39
    1597 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    fivezones .... football you cretin
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    DickenMcHunt Male 18-29
    1299 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    I couldn`t give a poo about twat that twat twas saying...

    P.S. for David Mitchell, Peep Show is boring- please start doing comedy again.
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    SSSNNAAAKKEE Male 13-17
    8 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm
    watching this guy 30 seconds made me want to stab him with a pitch fork
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    D3rAnG3d Male 18-29
    1598 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm
    Austin: Listen, dad, if you are are going to say naughty things in front of these American girls then at least speak English English.

    Nigel: All right, my son: I could`ve had it away with this cracking Julie, my old China.
    Austin: Are you telling a bunch pork-pies and a bag of trout? Because if you are feeling quigly, why not just have a J. Arthur?
    Nigel: What, billy no mates?
    Austin: Too right, youth.
    Nigel: Don`t you remember the crimbo din-din we had with the grotty Scots bint?
    Austin: Oh, the one that was all sixes and sevens!
    Nigel: Yeah, yeah, she was the trouble and strife of the Morris dancer what lived up the apples and pears!
    Austin: She was the barrister what become a bobby in a lorry and...

    Austin & Nigel:-tea kettle!
    Nigel: And then, and then--
    Austin & Nigel: She shat on a turtle!
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    IkeRay Male 18-29
    2705 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm
    I was sooooo mad during a recent sports game (don`t remember if it was world cup or just a baseball game, might`ve even been just a news show sports highlight) and the idiot said "they could care less what thinks", I facepalmed and then yelled at the TV...I`m so tired of idiots in this world. if you don`t know the phrase, or are too stupid to break it down, don`t use it. one of my favorite radio personalities corrected someone on air about it, it`s one of the reasons he`s my favorite...
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    SpitfireFaye Female 18-29
    71 posts
    June 27, 2010 at 10:29 pm
    Hahahaha YESSS. Thank you video! As an American who was raised by a Brit I identify with the frustration of nonsensical American sayings xD
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    PikoParty Male 13-17
    102 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 5:10 am
    i like it
  129. Profile photo of Mikeado
    Mikeado Male 18-29
    2160 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 5:50 am
    "watching this guy 30 seconds made me want to stab him with a pitch fork"

    I believe you mean "Watching this guy >>for<< 30 seconds" etc. Otherwise you could be implying that "30 seconds" is his name, when his name is actually David Mitchell. But I guess you could care less about that, right?
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
    3916 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 7:02 am
    "Don`t worry how i got passed the besieging enemy...i have a secret tunnel or false beard..."
    "it`s an inflatable hover fort!"

    lmao
  131. Profile photo of idiotfilter
    idiotfilter Male 18-29
    3916 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 7:06 am
    While we are on the topic....why does the saying:

    "You have your work cut out for ya!"

    ...mean that your work is going to be harder now?

    Because it seems to me like some work just got separated from the accumulated work and in turn...lessened the work-load....so what the f*ck?
  132. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 8:18 am
    Ho hum.
  133. Profile photo of jamie76
    jamie76 Male 30-39
    2346 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 8:47 am
    until the Brits stop pronoucing the letter "A" as the letter "R", they need to STFU about how to use the language.

    THe word is "Media", not "Medier". It is "idea", not "Ideer"...
  134. Profile photo of Dr_Sexy
    Dr_Sexy Male 30-39
    1597 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 10:21 am
    Jamie76, you sir are a buffoon
  135. Profile photo of liklepip
    liklepip Female 18-29
    136 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 11:23 am
    DickenMcHunt, Peep show is amazing. (:
  136. Profile photo of rybo89
    rybo89 Male 18-29
    25 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 11:41 am
    oh david mitchell i love you

    i don`t comment very often, but, jamie76...are you telling everyone that the ENGLISH are speaking ENGLISH wrong?

    i have heard no-one say "ideer"...that`s just stupid...

    Oh and Mikeado...good work lol
  137. Profile photo of Skyler92
    Skyler92 Female 18-29
    196 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 11:52 am
    jamie76 stop being such a buffoon you silly billy.
  138. Profile photo of enzo213
    enzo213 Male 18-29
    100 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm
    @Rybo89
    No, they are not telling everyone that the English are speaking English *wrong*. That would be bad grammar.
    They`re telling everyone that the English are speaking English incorrectly.
    /flex :D
  139. Profile photo of last-iconOC
    last-iconOC Male 13-17
    152 posts
    June 28, 2010 at 6:23 pm
    but what about negative caring? D:
  140. Profile photo of Creabhain
    Creabhain Male 40-49
    440 posts
    June 29, 2010 at 7:46 am
    This is also a pet peeve of mine. Well said Mitchell!
  141. Profile photo of stansown
    stansown Male 70 & Over
    1 post
    June 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm
    English are allowed to speak English incorrectly, ie., Mitchell`s, "Here is me" and "who for whom";
    Can I do it too? (Old guy from Florida)
  142. Profile photo of MadP
    MadP Female 18-29
    332 posts
    June 30, 2010 at 10:51 am
    What about "Good ON you?!" Brits? It`s "GOOD FOR YOU!!!"
  143. Profile photo of jamesrs
    jamesrs Male 18-29
    85 posts
    June 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm
    @madP
    That saying didnt origonate in england and even if it did it means wishing goodness upon you.
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    lyckosam Male 18-29
    193 posts
    July 4, 2010 at 6:10 am
    haha this was hilarious. i have to say i agree tho - most of what differs between american and english usage makes a LOT of sense (why do i have to spell colour with that "u" - what is it FOR!?). but yeah, could care less has always thrown me a bit.
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    17945 Male 18-29
    725 posts
    July 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    That "Couldn`t care less" thing is something I say to my friends all the time because they always ALWAYS say "I could care less" and it just gets on my nerves!

    And I"m American.
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    Paaahka Female 13-17
    125 posts
    October 5, 2010 at 4:50 pm
    Who cares?
    Tony could care less.

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