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I hate meaningless Americanisms that are wrecking our language

1) If they say "Have a nice day"
Reply "No, I have something entirely different in mind"

2) If you ask someone how they are and they reply "I'm Good"
Say "I didn't ask for a smug self-appraisal of your moral worth, I was enquiring after your health"

Other I hate are "what goes around comes around"..which is pretty good as meaningless twaddle goes.

"Yo" seems pretty brainless

Are there any others that drive you up the wall..and any replies that might grind these banal comments into the dust?

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Re: Americanisms..and suitable responses

Can you post the British counterparts to really see how they stack up to each other?? Keep in mind, I'm neither from the US nor from the UK.
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I think 'What goes around, comes around' is a British saying. It means sooner or later some American geezer is going to come along and shoot your rant down in flames

Is 'Yo' any less brainless than 'Hi', or 'Hello' none of them have any more meaning that a greeting.

I'd rather someone replied 'I'm good', than, 'Well, I'm fine ,but i did have a slight bought of lumbago last week and gastroenteritis the week before that'

'Have a nice day' may be superficial, but at least it's pleasant.

You know what's coming next don't you........



















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I've a friend who insists on responding to
"How are you today?" in US gas stations
with, "I'm great, how are you?"

And then wonders why she's stuck talking to
guy or woman for 15 minutes.

Just say, "Fine, thanks." and leave it at that !!!
 
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Can you post the British counterparts to really see how they stack up to each other?? Keep in mind, I'm neither from the US nor from the UK.
I'll try:

American:
2) If you ask someone how they are and they reply "I'm Good"
Say "I didn't ask for a smug self-appraisal of your moral worth, I was enquiring after your health"

British EQ at least around where I live:

Awwright dawling?

Both meant not to ask how your health or anything else are I think, just meant as a way if acknowledging someone and I never thought when an American replies to how 'How are you?' "I'm good" never struck me as a smug self-appraisal but I guess it could be.

American:
"What goes around comes around"

British EQ:
"It's all just swings and round 'a' bouts"

American:
Yo

British:
Oye

Both sets of sayings above either UK or American have always kind of annoyed me depending on how they are used but only slightly

I'm sure others could chime in with more!

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The yanks also have a chuckle about
us using "cheers" instead of "thanks".

 
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American:
"What goes around comes around"

British EQ:
"It's all just swings and round 'a' bouts"
I like your thinking Boneman
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I work for an American company and it's full of people using daft expressions

I heard a new one only today: to "push the peanut". No idea what it means.

My (English) boss asks me to "reach out" to colleagues when I need their support.
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OK, I admit it 'Blue Skying' and 'Pushing the envelope' do annoy me
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Curiously, I understand all (but the peanuts one) American phrases, but don't get all the British ones. THOSE are the weird ones for me.
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Some good responses...I like the swings and roundabouts one..which I would contend is both graphic and poetic in comparison with the goes around excrescance. I'm enjoying this already...more more

I'm not anti American, far from it in most respects, but I am protective/defensive of what I see as the proper use of the English language. Most foreigners speak it very well (better than many Brits probably), so why can't the Americans (outside Harvard and Yale that is )

I don't really want to drag in the texan bloke in the White House, but his English is awful, whereas his fathers was just about OK, and JFK's English was quite excellent...but we are going back a bit.

Merril Streep can do it, so why can't her mate Merril Lynch

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I heard a new one only today: to "push the peanut". No idea what it means.
A game kids play with toothpicks. The race each other by pushing a peanut with a toothpick. Think that person was using the expression to mean some task was really arduous.
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Given I was born French, I'd rather leave a rabbit.

http://www.cestsoparis.com/language-...french-lessons


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I don't really want to drag in the texan bloke in the White House, but his English is awful, whereas his fathers was just about OK, and JFK's English was quite excellent...but we are going back a bit.
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Even more amazing given that he is supposed to have speech writers making sure that everything is correct.

Just to continue my theme of even-handedness.....Here are some where I live in East London that drive me crazy!!

'E done it.
I weren't 'aveing it

Many variations on this theme. Ghastly
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I am protective/defensive of what I see as the proper use of the English language.
I'm in agreement with your thoughts on this but I guess a language is open to evolution. The English language of today has changed from that of the language 3-4 hundred years ago. I get tired of receiving text messages with the abbreviations such as ur (your, you're) soz (sorry) but in time these may become part of our language.
 
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Given I was born French, I'd rather leave a rabbit.

http://www.boreme.com//funny-2007/cest-so-paris-p1.php

Linky is broken.

Poser un lapin sur la table?

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is "Have a nice day" any worse than "Bye bye"," ta-ta," "see you later", "bye for now", "take care", or in the North "Are y'right chuck"?

It's easy to poke fun at Americanisms but just think of the mindless junk you can spout without thinking.
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The only americanism that I find truly hideous is "nukular". Even Dubya uses it.

"Have a nice day" brings in mind a traffic cop that has just given you a ticket for speeding after having pushed you on the hood of your car and frisked you.
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I think the American business idioms iritate most as the became almost accepted shorthand.

"Ducks in a row" only every other day.....

"Lets' fly this up the flagpole and see who salutes" ( I actually heard a ****** say this in a meeting this year for God's sake!)

There are loads but sorry guys I'm just too hacked off tonight to think about them.
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Curiously, I don't get all the British ones. THOSE are the weird ones for me.
And this surprises you because......

The level of BS used is beyond beliefe. I find myself talking to customers on the phone and saying 'See you later' at the end of a call. When, even if I did, it would make no diffence as I've never met them in the fist place. So, don't know what they look like
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The only americanism that I find truly hideous is "nukular". Even Dubya uses it.
I thought it was a speech impediment You mean he actually intends to mispronounce it?
 
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how about jagwar and aluminum
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If we are fair to our friends across the pond (ok there's a stupid british expression to start with) then we are just as bad as them with language abuse.

It just depends what you have grown up with.

Australians are 'guilty' as well. After living there for a year I still find myself saying 'No worries' and saying 'can I get' when ordering instead of the British 'can I have'.

I drove past a sign outside a pub yesterday which said...

'Honk if you have actually seen anyone say Boo to a Goose!'.

Says it all really!
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'Standing shoulder to shoulder' - overused post September 11th by Bush,Blair,Howard....'9/11' also overused and Americans have already no idea when(year,month) the attacks happened

'like whatever' is brilliant
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I think the American business idioms iritate most as the became almost accepted shorthand.

"Ducks in a row" only every other day.....
Used to shoot them with a "slug gun' at the Agricutural Shows when I was a Kid The metal ducks that is...



Like shooting ducks on a log!!!!!!

And I am 'not too bad', if you want to know and I 'had a bugger of a morning' and 'see ya'
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