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    Smile Is British English...

    Hello everyone. (I hope you can understand me and forgive my grammatical mistakes.)

    Have you got the feeling that modern BrE is heavily influenced by AmE? As if film to movie and 'Have you...?' to 'Do you...?' etc

    I'm wondering if you(British) are willing to accept or not?


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    Yes, there is considerable influence from the US, largely through TV. And no, it is not regarded as a "good thing". As to accepting, since most of the influence is on young people to whom US slang is always the latest and best thing, there is very little that can be done to stop it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes, there is considerable influence from the US, largely through TV. And no, it is not regarded as a "good thing". As to accepting, since most of the influence is on young people to whom US slang is always the latest and best thing, there is very little that can be done to stop it.


    Thanks to Anglika...but why not?! Why don't the guys in charge do Sth to stop that? Those fond of BrE prefer to hear and see less of this so-called Americanism, and there seems to be the need to do Sth about it...(no offence to AmE users )


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    How would you set about stopping it? And who are these "guys in charge"?

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    There's Queen Victoria's "We are not amused."


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    And who are these "guys in charge"?
    Exactly. When you stop and think about it, we are the guys in charge. Every single one of us. A language rightfully belongs to those who speak it...it's ours to use as we choose.

    Greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    Exactly. When you stop and think about it, we are the guys in charge. Every single one of us. A language rightfully belongs to those who speak it...it's ours to use as we choose.

    Greg
    Yes we are, but there are certain standards to be upheld, it is our duty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes we are, but there are certain standards to be upheld, it is our duty.
    I agree. A language belongs more to those who respect and nurture it than it does to those who know it but abuse it. Those who feel at liberty to do whatever they like with it can expect to be censured if it's mistreated. A language, like any other living thing, only really 'belongs' to those who care about it.

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    This thread is proceeding under the assumption that British English is superior to American English. Both have substandard forms.


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    What I mean is that everybody who speaks a language has a part in making it what it is. Standard usage is known by its acceptance among educated native speakers; however, it's also known by its contrast with nonstandard and substandard usage characteristic of less educated, less discriminating, less skilled speakers. Obviously, I don't mean that everybody is free to speak English any old way they please and that it should be accepted as correct. If it weren't for nonstandard and substandard usage, we English teachers would have nobody to wag our bony fingers at.

    Greg
    Last edited by dragn; 03-Aug-2009 at 04:02.

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