Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bloody well, then

Apparently some Brits are upset about Americanisms slipping onto their shores.

OK, fine if it's something really stupid and trendy, but what's wrong with words like "hospitalize" and "ouster"? I love that they are angry with "wrench" for "spanner," since the only time I ever heard "spanner" was in Dire Straits' "Industrial Disease." (Thanks to Alex for the link!)


Anonymous said...

Funny, I know the word "spanner" from the Smiths song "The Queen Is Dead."

So I broke into the palace
with a sponge and a rusty spanner
She said, "Eh, I know you and you cannot sing"
I said, "That's nothing - you should hear me play piano"

jenmoon said...

So what about me saying words like "bloody" and "bugger," then? Is it good or bad when I start having my language infected by Britishisms?

Actually that's deliberate: I like to say, "Hey, technically that's not swearing in America!" This would probably get me into trouble in England, but I'm probably never going there so who cares anyway? :)