Analyzing the American language.............

by Sunnygal41 38 Replies latest social entertainment

  • Princess
    There's also pelican crossings.

    Oh dear. pelican = short e, short i, short a ?

    Please elaborate.

  • Englishman

    Some pelicans are luckier than others..


  • Valis
    So what's this with the use of that strange word, "prolly"?

    prolly like saying brolley instead of umbrella..

    or somem/sumpin instead of something..


    District Overbeer

  • Sunnygal41
    (which could be mistaken for "Tampon".).


    maybe this is one of those "bigger" differences in the American/British english........

    over here, we have a specific name for the area where a tampon goes.........and that would not equate with the area covered under the word "fanny" here in America.

  • Sunnygal41

    Trust the English to make a big howdy hoo about a simple "crosswalk" here in the USA.

  • Narkissos

    I'm learning a lot on this thread!

    The English bases I was taught in high school were mostly British. Then I was immersed in American WT literature for years. Aside from some spelling and lexical differences I have noticed, I haven't got a clue about either pronunciation of many words I can understand and use in written form, until I happen to hear someone (either American or British) articulate them (and I'm often quite surprised!).

    I remember the first time I came to London with some friends from the French Bethel and was completely lost with the Cockney accent I had never heard in my life. The only safe place to me, linguistically speaking, was the British Museum!

    I guess every "international English" speaker has his/her own blend of the language...

  • LittleToe


    over here, we have a specific name for the area where a tampon goes.........

    You do? How quaint
    I'm not even gonna ask how you pronounce it - LOL.

  • Mulan
    Hey mom, I noticed you didn't comment on the name "Randy". I thought for sure you'd defend yourself!

    Yes, we get that comment about Randy all the time. That is the name of our eldest son, and it is a very popular name in this country.

  • Princess

    I was just teasing you mom. I knew you'd defend Precious.

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