21 February 2008

American VS English

*This is a tribute to my buddy in blogging Bluenoser. In appreciation of his added vowels and “eh’s”. He dropped me a line and spelled favor, “favour” and ended a sentence with “eh”. He’s Canadian, and it got me to thinking about a couple of things that we in America have sort of botched. I still think you guys up there have it right up there bro!

American vs. English – A while back I said I was going to talk about the things I think Americans have sort of corrupted. This is going to be a quick soapbox about where I think we have it all wrong. I want to preface this by saying that I love the US, and I mean no disrespect or ill feelings toward the US. I live here, I think for the most part it’s a great place to live, and we have a huge number of freedoms. With that said there are some things we ruined, I think we have a tendency to ruin things sometimes. With that, I give you my soapbox.

Subaru, Audi, Porsche (I could go on but digress) vs. Chevy, Ford, Chrysler. Need I say more?

I’m just going to say it once. In America we play a botched game of Rugby. In England and all over Europe they play football.

Finally, Language:
So the other day I got into this argument at work. I made the statement “we speak American”. I made this statement quite intentionally and by no means incorrectly, in my mind. You see, in my humble opinion we, in America, don’t really speak English any more. I say that because I think, and you can correct me if I am wrong, we have ruined the English language. Therefore I would like to propose that from this point forward we call what we speak what it is, American. Furthermore look at our spelling. Two, too, too. Or what about know, and no? Know and now? It’s just insanity!


Bluenoser said...

Beauty, eh.

Bluenoser said...

Here's another one. South Shore of NS. Everything is "you", as in, Do you have a drivers license? Yes, I've got one rite here in my pocket you.


beatrice said...

What continent is Canada? I must have messed up in my geography class big time, or there has been significant continental drift since I was in elementary school.