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    #71

    Re: Weird US English Part 436

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I'm sometimes surprised how some British cousins feel that American English is a degraded form of their language. Actually, Anthony Burgess and others have studied the issue and found that American English has been far more conservative than British English; it is closer to Spencer and Shakespeare than modern British English.
    In the sixties and seventies, there was a lot of criticism of the impact of AmE from the language conservatives in Britain, who saw it as radical and forcing the rate of change, but you no longer hear them much. Much of that was a result of the massive increase in exposure that went with TV, music, etc. Many do assume that BrE is in some way more authentic as it's the original, though as you say it in many ways less close to the original than AmE. It's also interesting that most of the voices trying to act as a brake are from America as BrE merrily rips the rule book up. Nowadays the British conservatives blame the education system, especially progressive teaching methods, and not America for what they see as a decline in standards.

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    #72

    Re: Weird US English Part 436

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Yup. It sounds odd to me too.





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    Re: "I work a Job"

    I've heard it, but haven't yet used it.
    "I work a job" sound weird because job is singular. Let's put it this way" I work 3 jobs" sounds normal and common.

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    #73

    Re: Weird US English Part 436

    Quote Originally Posted by khaleed View Post
    "I work a job" sound weird because job is singular. Let's put it this way" I work 3 jobs" sounds normal and common.
    In this economy, you're right! (I'm almost certain you meant this to be as funny as I found it. Add an "s" to the first "sound" and I'd be positive).

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