This Englishman Is Disgusted [Pic]

Submitted by: 12chars 4 years ago in Funny

Maybe he should be, with his country.
There are 34 comments:
Female 437
Well you shouldn`t have enlisted the French, we`ve been fighting them for so long that they know exactly how to beat us they just can`t do it themselves
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Female 6,381
Gerry: That`s "uh" uhpinion. The word "an" isn`t even used by most of TV reporters these days, let alone the average schlub.
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Male 4,431
Not sure I understand what his beef is. Hell, we left the name of the language the same. Isn`t that enough for the cheeky bastard? ;-)
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Male 38,489

Might`a been englich once, but it`s `merican now.
Example:

"I`m gonna write me a lettra to my sisser in Hous`on and tell her `bout the swetruh I bot on credic wit no quafilications. I`ll ax her if she got an uhpinon."
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Male 159
Every single language on God`s Earth has been born of many older languages, there are no originals. Simplest definition: English is what English people speak
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Male 7,123
A lot of American dialects and accents are closer to what 16th/17th century Brits would have recognised than is modern British English. Innit?

Of course, a lot are also much further away.
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Male 92
What we need to do is change the name of the language we speak in the United States to `murican
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Female 2,509
hmmmmmmmmm google......

English evolved as German settlers and Scandinavian settlers came to the British Isles. Prior to the English language coming to the British Isles the people there spoke Celtic. The English language is a result of the invasions of the island of Britain over many hundreds of years.

curtsey
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Male 325
Oh... wait. Here it is. The flag of the English language:



Frankly, I`m cool with that, because dragons are awesome. And those living under that flag have more claims on inventing the language - the only determining factor of what flag should represent it, right?
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Male 325
@Canoas
"The English flag is the symbol for the English language. That is the only thing that makes sense."

Except apparently, from some perspectives, it`s not. And going with who`s using the language makes practical sense.

Tell you what: If the flag of England must be the flag of the language by right of invention, I assume you mean this flag:


After all, the modern U.K. - a rather new concept - can`t really lay claim to inventing "English" can it? Truth be told, old English probably predates even good old St. George`s Cross there, but we`ll compromise. :)
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Male 373
` Queen of England is technically the Head of the Commonwealth. `

Yes, what a powerful Empire, opt out, like, whenever.
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Male 14,334
I`d like to see you try to take a language back.
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Male 427
@Howler
"I do think numbers are as valid a measure as the country of origin for THIS context. In practical terms, if the purpose of using a flag is you want people who speak the language to be able to quickly identify it by flag, catering to a group of 225 million rather than one of 58 million is practical. I`m not sure being the country of origin necessitates exclusive and eternal political association for all purposes."

Again, no, it doesn`t. The English flag is the symbol for the English language. That is the only thing that makes sense. Just like Portuguese is not represented by a Brazilian flag and Spanish is not represented by a Mexican flag.
If you start eating sushi more than the Japanese does that make it an American food? Or if you eat pizza more than the Italian, which you probably do, does that make it an American food as well? No, it doesn`t. What matters is it`s origin, not who uses it the most.
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Male 530
Same as with Belgium, their language is often (officially) referred to as Dutch.
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Male 40
How about English is the language of the Commonwealth? That would be 2.5 billion speakers. And the Queen of England is technically the Head of the Commonwealth. Which kinda makes it Englands...
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Male 5,094
carmium: Or the Botswanan. Or the Pakistani, or the Singaporean, since they all too have English as their official language.
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Male 13,624
Lot worse flags to be pissed about
We are mostly the 51st state!!
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Male 464
Im going to hunt down whatever did this and ram a railroad spike through their brain.
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Male 322
Is it just me or does that look like a bathroom sign? If so, we must overthrow the bathroom people.
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Male 325
@carmium - The Bioware website does just that (Bioware being in Canada and all). The first time I got on their site I had that half-second grinding noise in my head before I realized what was going on. hehe
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Male 546
@carmium
Then you`d run the risk of pissing off the Danish, they`re the Canadians of europe.
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Female 6,381
You could always put a Canadian flag up for "English." That way neither the US nor Britain would be all that put out. Puzzled, perhaps, but not ticked off.
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Male 546
@Draculya
At least it`s more understandable than engrish and your dialect, douche.
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Male 14,834
It`s not English, it`s Americanish. Americanish is a hybrid between English and Ebonics
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Male 325
Ah, so you`re waiting for us to literally "speak Am-ur-ican" over here? Maybe so...LOL.

Alright, so adaptation argument aside (I overstated it,) I do think numbers are as valid a measure as the country of origin for THIS context. In practical terms, if the purpose of using a flag is you want people who speak the language to be able to quickly identify it by flag, catering to a group of 225 million rather than one of 58 million is practical. I`m not sure being the country of origin necessitates exclusive and eternal political association for all purposes.

For curiosity`s sake, I would like to see a study of which countries are adding new English words to the language at the quickest pace, though.
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Male 427
@Howler81
You are right about how languages change and adapt, becoming different from it`s origin, but that only serves to counter your own argument. If the language is changed then it becomes a dialect, it doesn`t remain the same language.
Take Latin as an example. It started as one language and was introduced to the whole Europe. With time it changed into Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian, and Latin itself died. However, Latin is still Latin. Portuguese is not Latin, Spanish is not Latin, French is not Latin, Italian is not Latin, the only language you can call Latin is the original.

So no, you don`t get to claim the English language as your own. You can use it and you can change it, but it still belongs to the British. And when your dialect suffers enough changes it`ll stop being English and start being something else. It won`t be the US who get to keep the name English for their language, it`ll be the British.
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Male 38,489

Howler, you assume the US is English speaking. Here on the west coast and in the southwest most speak Spanish with some broken English.

But then, what the scots do is not even close to English!
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Male 325
Greek, Latin, Spanish, French, German, Indian, American Indian... etc. Wherever English is spoken, it is changed. The longer the language endures, the more it adapts and becomes less tied to the British isles, and the less right anyone has to claim ownership of it.

Thus, choosing the flag of the country with the most native speakers is a perfectly valid choice for representing it.
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Male 325
Numerically, I would point out that in terms of English-speaking population, the U.K. is sixth behind the U.S., India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and the Philippines. In terms of purely native speakers, the U.K. is second to the U.S, which has four times as many.

Now I know there`s the "we invented the language" argument. Except not really. Why not?
1. Unless you`re a few centuries old, you inherited it, just like the people living in other countries did by geographic accident of birth. You invented nothing.
2. It came into being there - sure. But it was "invented" by having a constant stream of conquerors force new languages onto the people, creating a mishmash language with oddly diverse roots that thrives today only because Britain conquered lots of places and forced it on them. No inventor, merely a conflux of geopolitical/cultural events.
3. The language has changed. It`s got some Celtic and Gaelic root words? Great! It also has words from the
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Male 354
It would bother me if the sign was in the UK or a UK server. Actually no it wouldn`t. There`s plenty of other stuff to be pissed off at.
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Male 642
imagine how the chinese feel.. they surely don`t have a stick man on their flag.. or the man south american people from god knows how many countries that speak spanish, yet still have to see the european flag of spain.. you are not the only people in the world :P chill out
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Male 914
Wow, I feel dumb. Took me like 30 seconds to "get" it.
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Female 233
gnnnnnaaaaarghhhhh! this is second only to holding the union flag upside down!!!
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Male 906
Link: This Englishman Is Disgusted [Pic] [Rate Link] - Maybe he should be, with his country.
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