However, I prefer BE accents (which includes SA accent)
:onfire: Whats the difference between American English and English American?
English is English - Don't get me started
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Someone please advise Mr. Cleese that we will consider his porposals once the UK can provide ice cubes for soft drinks that are readily available and not tiny, underfed weird gray things. And once all public buildings and transport methods (including Tube stations, hotels, trains and buses) are barrier-free and accessible by folks of all levels of mobility. And maybe throw in free ketchup packets at McDonalds, and air-condition your shops (your humidity can be pretty stifling). And when your puny little petrol stations, very few of which are open 24 hours, much less on Sundays, can provide not only fuel but also free rest rooms, a selection of groceries, ice cold soft drinks and beer, made-to-order sandwiches and pizza, birth control devices and books on tape, as do our typical US gas stations, then we'll talk. ;-)
However, regarding the handicapped access thing....for many years I ventured over to the UK for a convention in Southport, and one of my traveling companions was somewhat disabled (birth defects, arthritis, etc.) She could walk unaided, albeit at a very slow pace, but stairs were extremely difficult for her, and I lost count at the number of places where I actually had to half-carry her up the stairs at train stations, hotels and shops because there were no elevators. Not to mention having to lift her up onto buses and British Rail trains and getting yelled at by employees because we were holding things up. In the US, public transport by law must have wheelchair lifts and other accoutrements for the handicapped. I'm blessed in that I've never had to make use of those facilities myself, but I've seen first-hand how they can allow a wheel-chair bound person the freedom to live and travel unaided.
When all is said and done, I must admit that one thing the US has done "right" (and there are many things we've done wrong) is the Americans with Disabilities Act, which provides for a barrier-free environment, which means that public buildings are fully accessible by folks in wheelchairs. That means ramps at the entrances as well as handicapped stalls in public restrooms and pay phones at wheelchair level. It also ensures such things as Braille in elevators and on ATM machines for the blind, and TTY telephone access at public rest stops for the deaf.
Now, can you kindly explain what the British have against cold drinks? :-D Why is beer served at room temperature, and canned pop stored on a shelf and not in a refrigerator? And what about the ice shortage....?
Now your clutching at straws :-D We have everything that you have. Regarding beer at room temperature. Thats the way its supposed to be.
But other than that, everything's great about the UK, then? ;-)