Friday, June 09, 2006
The language barrier - a grey/gray area?
Bored with the lettuce nibblers at lunchtime I stuck my head in a box of education mags that no one ever looks at. After nearly giving up on the infernal, whining drivel I came across an article that nearly dislocated my eyebrows.
Apparently the American children are having trouble understanding English!
No, no, let me explain. Kids in the States are having trouble with English-English (so good they named it twice!) but Australian kids understand English-English because their language, Australian-English is closer to it. Are you with me?
Have I just slipped off the edge and unbeknown to me the Americans are now speaking a different language?
Just because one of our illiterate English emigrants failed to put the 'e' in gray and missed out the 'u' in colour, does this mean that we are not communicating properly?
Oh, I know you lot like to refer to your trousers as 'pants' and you call your biscuits 'cookies' but I am quite at home with these terms and don't have much difficulty with translation. There are far worse things creeping into our beautiful language.
At a meeting the other day a powerfully dressed woman introduced me to her 'cosiate' (her colleague and associate!). Call me a cloth eared bint, who's dafter than a bag of spanners, but isn't this taking it just a little too far.
Still that's English-English for you!!