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89 Responses to David Mitchell Writes…“Dear America“

  1. Profile photo of Sez86
    Sez86 Female 18-29
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    October 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    Link: David Mitchell Writes...``Dear America`` - British comedian gives us permission to do with the queens English as we please. Except for...
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    SPARTAKITTY Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:10 am
    I love the Brits.
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:13 am
    http://www.i-am-bored.com /bored_link.cfm?link_id=50643

    Four months doesn`t feel that long ago, does it?
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    NDLOgan Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:17 am
    Wow... that was stupid. I don`t know anyone that actually makes those mistakes. FAIL
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    denmarkcm Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:18 am
    definitely a re-post
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    QH_girl Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:18 am
    I absolutely love this because the phrase "could care less" has bothered me for years - and the couple times I`ve called people out on it not making sense, I`ve been shot down as "it`s just a phrase"
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    freedan104 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:24 am
    Ha! Me and my wife got into an argument a little while ago about the whole `couldn`t care less` saying. As always I was right. :-)

    BTW: Anyone else getting some weird `cpasecurity check` redirect when they click on links sometimes? Wondering if its just me...
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:25 am
    ive seen this before, on IAB, only a few months ago
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    xKiesix Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:28 am
    How come I get like 5 emails a week telling me that a link I submitted has already been posted (after never being able to find said link on IAB) but this passes through your radar undetected?
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    keith2 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:41 am
    dear god i couldn`t take it anymore around 1:42-ish
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    CrzyWhtGrl Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 10:43 am
    Oh my God, that made my day.
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    NobodyAkagi Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:00 am
    good video but repost from at least 6 months ago
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:02 am
    "hold down the fort" is actually more correct because it originates from nautical terms, where the "fort" is the steering deck and "holding it down" means that you take over for the guy steering, more literally referring to the fact that without your help, especially in rough seas, the "fort" will go flailing about everywhere. Sorry, Brits, you are wrong on that one.
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    dork649 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:03 am
    "Could care less" == "Sarcasm". Are people really that dense?
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    Isafan Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:15 am
    The British (Englanders) are just jealous of us. Their great empire has been stripped away, they see all the countries they used to rule become richer, stronger, and more technologically advanced.

    The British need to stop hating and become a `proud` father figure. Everytime someone talks of the greatness of the U.S. they should proudly say, "The English are the reason why."
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:21 am
    Not this again.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:35 am
    i actually feel the exact same way
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Repost!
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    Pallal Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 11:52 am
    @Isafan and Volsunga:

    The British (Englanders) are just jealous of us.
    Sorry, Brits, you are wrong on that one.

    Im sorry, when exactly did i become jealous and make a statement? This person doesn`t convey all our opinions, just his. Get off your high horses and stop being so foolish.
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm
    There are a million expressions that make absolutely no sense, and you could dissect them and argue over which version makes `more` sense. But in the end, where does it get you? I know what you mean if you say "hold down the fort" or "could care less". This is how language evolves.

    /rant
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    PFCGino Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    Everybody just shut up - he`s a well known British comedian (a funny one at that), so just enjoy the joke for what it is....
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    comrade_b Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    peep show anyone? with more popularity he seems to have finally been able to see a dentist.
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    GuiStuie Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    "There are a million expressions that make absolutely no sense, and you could dissect them and argue over which version makes `more` sense. But in the end, where does it get you? I know what you mean if you say "hold down the fort" or "could care less". This is how language evolves.

    /rant"

    I wasn`t going to say anything until I read your post. You drating make me sick. That`s how the we evolve, huh? We evolve into mindless dumbpoos blabbering on about stupid poo that nobody can understand.

    I wake up every morning hoping something new in this freakish nightmare of an existence will arise and renew my hope for mankind, but I am slapped in the face with more and more ignorance as I grow older, which at the current rate will kill me some time next week.

    drating idiocracy. In 1000 years we`re all either going to be dead or de-evolved into cave men.
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    I consider myself rather lignuistically interested, and, to some extent, a wordsmith. OK, mainly by my mom, but whatever. But I`d actually never thought about that, he does have a good point. Lesson learned.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    really really old skit
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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm
    well sir,piss off. (explain that one!)
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm
    @GuiStule

    Woah. Chill out. Yes, this is how language evolves. If you`d like me to explain this to you, that`s fine, but insults aren`t necessary.
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    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm
    I have thought about the "couldn`t care less" vs "could care less" I always use the former but I`m kind of a smart ass when I hear the latter like oh so you care a little?
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm
    yeah repost, still good tho :P
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    Sedgejavwick Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    @GuiStuie

    "drating idiocracy. In 1000 years we`re all either going to be dead or de-evolved into cave men."

    I wasn`t going to say anything until I read your post. You drating make me sick. De-evolution isn`t a word or a scientific phenomena. However, its use is a good way to identify someone who has a limited understanding of biology and a poor vocabulary.
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    PsychGeek Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm
    "drating idiocracy. In 1000 years we`re all either going to be dead or de-evolved into cave men."

    Guistuie, you might want to read your comment...

    for one who is ranting on the ignorance of society, you should no better than to, 1) use the non-existent word of "de-evolved", and 2) twist Darwinian evolution to make it seem like it should have some sort of direction.

    Darwin did not believe in directional evolution; environments merely change, and so should the organisms in that environment. the ones best suited for that particular area survive. but it has no "good" or "bad" direction.

    might want to read up a bit before you make another comment :)
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm
    this is old, and im pretty sure it was on IAB that i saw it on. but still, I love this guy :D so funny
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    thebandit Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    the phrase "i could care less" is supposed to used as sarcastic politeness...
  34. Profile photo of ruthless1990
    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    also i like to read these comments, some Americans, not all, seem to have got really wound up by this joke, calm guys its all in the name of fun :)
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    Rangerahab Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    He isn`t as funny on his Soapbox as he is in say,Mock the Week,QI,Peep Show or his appearances on BFQOTY. Oh and my contribution on Darwin,he had a awesome beard.Take this for what it is,David Mitchell being funny.Or at least trying to be.
  36. Profile photo of sbeelz
    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    @PsychGeek- You should know the difference between "no" and "know."
  37. Profile photo of PsychGeek
    PsychGeek Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    lmao good point, sbeelz. my mistake! at least "no" is a word, even though I used it incorrectly--normally I`m much better about that and I catch my mistakes before I post. my apologies!
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    no_need Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    As something of a `Queen`s English` Grammar Nazi, I thought this was brilliant. Mitchell`s not my favourite comedian (give me some Bill Bailey any day!) but always entertaining nonetheless :)
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    nastynate15 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    If he really wanted to make this funny he should have taken a random sip of tea
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    Cartunze Male 60-69
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    October 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    along the lines of the gorilla walking through the group of the basketball passers yesterday, did you see the worm in the background?
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    sheaton319 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm
    this was just posted a few months ago
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    DMoneys36 Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    I`ve never said "could care less" anyway
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    Djarum Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm
    And I don`t have a flying fuque to give to your senseless ramblings.
  44. Profile photo of ToxicPunk
    ToxicPunk Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    DAVID MITCHELL IS A COMEDIC GENIUS (;
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm
    I had to watch this did i. i think not!
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    October 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm
    "erb" strikes me as strange too. You`re using the English spelling with the French pronunciation. Why? It doesn`t make any sense. Both are from the Latin `herba`, one modified to fit better into French and one modified to fit better into English. The American chimera doesn`t fit into either.
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    BuzzKillingt Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm
    i dont think that man is funny in the slightest but in this i absolutely agree
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    alexander_xx Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm
    @djarum:

    uhh his ramblings arent senseless... thats kind of the point...
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    Simcoe Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm
    IAB REPOST!!
    Another day, another repost!
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    LithiumOne Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm
    Repostomania. Anywho, what the Hell? "I could care less" is totally NOT an American thing. I`ve heard many a whimpy, Brit-faced "arsehole" improperly use that expression... and what`s the deal with Aluminum? Really?! There`s only ONE `I` in Aluminum. It`s NOT Alliuminium! Snobfaced dickweeds...
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    PsychGeek Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm
    okay everyone, we KNOW it`s a repost, so it doesn`t have to be repeated 100 times.

    so it`s a repost. get over it.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm
    did he just contradict himself at the end? or was that the joke?.

    f*cking brits and their dry sense of humor....oh i`m sorry...humour....ridiculous!
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    alexander_xx Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm
    @lithiumone:

    really? one i? a simple google search for the periodic timetable will prove the spelling of aluminium is totally dependant on the country the table is from...

    same as things like colour/color...
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm
    Comedy has an amazing ability to make people angry. Seriously? This wasn`t even about religion or politics!
  55. Profile photo of SlothOfDoom
    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    October 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm
    I love the people trying to argue that this is wrong. It is not. Please try to be fluent in at least one language, thank you.

    As for aluminum vs aluminium (not sure where you got "Alliuminium" from....my god man)maybe this aticle will clear it up a bit for you:

    Aluminium vs Aluminum

    Perhaps you will even realise that the British pronunciation actually makes more sense (although to be truthful I use the American pronunciation).

    I could care less.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm
    This is how language evolves.
    Through ignorance? "Could care less" means the exact opposite of what it is intended to mean. That`s not evolving language, it`s stupidity. If words take on the exact opposite of what they actually mean, that`s retarding our ability to communicate, not advancing it.

    I would also have added "irregardless" to this lesson.
    "Regardless" basically means "despite X". The prefix "ir-" is a negating prefix. So "irregardless" means "not regardless", meaning "taking X into account". Which is the exact opposite of how people use it.
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm
    Yes it`s a repost... WE KNOW THIS, WE DON`T CARE THOUGH, MOVE ON!!
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    mitha Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm
    The man is right. I wonder how he gets any screentime for stuff like this though oO
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    Wizard77 Male 40-49
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    October 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm
    The one I love is "past credit history".

    Is there another sort of history? A "future credit history" maybe?

    The other one is "attorney at law". I know of no other sort of attorney.
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm
    I think the "Could care less" bit originated as a sarcastic tone, but some goofball started saying it seriously.

    But I think the point is "Has communication been successful? Yes? Then I could care less of how you speak." (<--- intentional)
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    October 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm
    "This isn`t the standard tedious British sneering..."

    Yes it is.
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    ACTIONjakson Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    Another grammar nazi, I`ll fix the way I talk when you fix you teeth, is he a comedian or English teacher?
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    Nocciolina Female 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    I actually couldn`t care less about what he`s saying... see? I learned!
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm
    "Through ignorance?"

    Yes in fact. In many languages (including English), mistakes/changes in pronunciation have led to their own derivatives, and derivatives beyond that.
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    razlem Male 13-17
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    October 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm
    But yeah, phrases like "irregardless" are just silly :P
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    swaffire Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 8:44 pm
    inflatible hover fort ftw!!!!
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    Djer Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm
    I love British humor...so sarcastic!
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    JHSpring26 Male 18-29
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    October 3, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    "So that`s the one thing I really want, the Queen really want`s you to stop saying." Love it!
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    DickenMcHunt Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 12:09 am
    Repost?
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    nerocon Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 12:19 am
    I love this guy, but this was not funny.
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    a103276 Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 1:53 am
    "Erbs? Really?! You`re french now are you? With your erbal teas and your erbal remedies. Well fine. Whatever makes you appy."
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    TxTnViolence Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2010 at 6:10 am
    See there`s something you pansies don`t get about Americans, we are creative with everything we can get our hands and minds on whether that is language or computers. Why? Because we have rebel blood coarsing through our veins. We are the decendents of rebels, real men that had enough balls to leave that $h!t hole of a country and smart enough to start all over from scratch. The pussies and tards stayed behind. That`s why we use English the way we do, we don`t need permission to talk the way we want any more than our ancestors needed permission to kick yer arses back to that poo hole ya`ll came from. THE END :)
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    TheJigsaw Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 6:30 am
    LOL@ TxTnViolence

    It was religious types that fled to America because they were threatened.

    And you`re not being `creative` you`re being stupid and ignorant. That`s like saying I`m being creative if I smear poo on my face.

    Nice little finish btw `the end` with a smiley that says I have no idea what I just said or if any of it was true, but it made me feel better.
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    edana42 Female 50-59
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    October 4, 2010 at 7:11 am
    BOOKWORM!!!
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    alley228 Female 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 7:45 am
    lol its true we have the strangest sayings. and I have always thought the phrase "i could care less" was strange!
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2010 at 8:05 am
    See there`s something you pansies don`t get about Americans, we are creative with everything we can get our hands and minds on whether that is language or computers. Why? Because we have rebel blood coarsing through our veins.
    *coursing.
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    Siora Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 9:09 am
    @Davymid

    lol.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    October 4, 2010 at 11:00 am
    Only the Brits could find a English lesson funny the rest of us COULD CARE LESS!
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    hammerdrop Male 13-17
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    October 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    It`s funny, I`m American yet I say most of these things like the British do. That`s not to say I have a British accent, which I definitely do not, but for example I say "Herb" not "erb", or I say aluminium instead of aluminum.

    I feel bad though, I`ve always said "hold down the fort" and never gave it a second thought, though now that I think about it it definitely makes more sense to say "hold the fort"
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    skyblue_15 Female 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    This is a repost from a looong time ago.
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    October 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    jeez.... to read some of the comments on here from dickhead yanks, you`d have thought david mitchell had just pissed on your christmas presents instead of just mocked you a little.

    Take your heads from up your asses just a little so you can see the funny side once in a while.

    The really funny bit of this post is in the comments where a `13-17` year old earlier was offering lessons in language evolution..... jeezuz, i`ve got belly button fluff older than that - and it`s got a better grasp of humour too.
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    GreyYes Female 18-29
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    October 4, 2010 at 7:06 pm
    I dont know why the british care so much about what americans do and say when we really dont give a poo about them. same with canada. in 250 years of course we have modified the language a bit. just like how no one speaks the same kind of arabic or spanish all over the world.
  83. Profile photo of pyrrhios
    pyrrhios Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    Dear McGovern: Obviously you have taken his lesson in understanding English to heart. Definitely funny.
  84. Profile photo of Max13007
    Max13007 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    haha funny cause it`s true. I`ve always been annoyed by that "could care less" thing
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    geek_kittie Female 30-39
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    October 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    Love me some David Mitchell. I would do things to him... Like read him books and wash his hair.
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    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm
    well in defence of the saying: the B17 was a flying fortress was it not? so you would need to hold that fort down.
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    chinesemath Female 18-29
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    October 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    pshh I could care less
  88. Profile photo of Hat-Trick
    Hat-Trick Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm
    So "I ain`t never gonna" is fine?
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm
    nice

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