Since then, we've been hypnotized sorry, hypnotised by the Queen's English, plus or minus such Kenyanisms as "My names arehellip", "Even me", "Isn't it?" and "Are you getting me?"But clearly, NMG journalists are struggling to keep Americanisms
from creeping into their stories.
I suspect agreeing to differ is the only real outcome of this, but if Chris is really bothered by Americanisms
can he please turn his attention the use of the term "can I get" when a person means "can I have..." or better still "may I have..." which seems to have become an accepted term people use when purchasing items from shops or ordering food etc.
However we must beware as some words claimed to be Americanisms
such as "railroad" and "swell" are early British 19th century coinings.
However, telling every customer to "have a nice day" is not being kind or friendly - it is doing what that checkout operator is trained to do - trotting out a false Americanism
! If I ring a supplier to ask a question about something, I don't expect to be asked "How are you today?" When responding to "Who is speaking?" with "Mrs Delgado" I resent the next question being "What is your first name"?
She has won many awards, but her greatest honor came earlier this year when she was asked to be the Guatemalan reviewer of the Dictionary of Americanisms
. She received a sabbatical from the embassy and traveled to the Madrid offices of the Royal Spanish Academy, the oldest of the Spanish language academies.
To give further examples, talented and influential are two once-loathed Americanisms
in a lengthy list.
slang and uniquely 'American' terms are covered here in Slang: The Topical Dictionary of Americanisms
: a revised, updated version of a classic slang dictionary arranged by topic.
Moore's ear for dialogue, on the other hand, remains Helen Kelleresque, with Dorothy Gale's Americanisms
standing out as an embarrassment.
which have crept into our language include: Liberation (used to be called Invasion).
This epic story is filled with the culture of Sumer as well as many Americanisms
as Chloe, with humor, remarks on the similarities between Sumer and modern-day America.
Labour backbencher Harry Barnes wants broadcasters to be given a list of Americanisms
they should not use - similar to one issued in France to preserve the beauty of the French language.
After this come contributions on British and Irish antecedents, the influence of other languages used by later immigrants, Americanisms
, slang, dialect, African-American English, changing grammatical usages, spe lling, usage, Canadian English, Newfoundland English and, finally, the spread of American English round the world in which British ire at the invasion of Americanisms
into the Mother Tongue is carefully, and sometimes humorously examined.
" referring to popular sports terms such as "ballpark figure," "do an end-run," "get to first base." Substitute simple words for more complex ones.
Mr Green goes on to complain about Americanisms
, adopting a pick and mix attitude to those he likes and dislikes.
The Guide to the Dictionary is super user-friendly in that its content is presented as questions: What are AMERICANISMS
? What are HOMOGRAPHS?