What ho, dearest cousins in the Western Colonies. You appear to be increasingly using the vernacular of the mother country
. Splendid! [more inside]
The Guardian is knocked for six by American sport references in British media
Creeping cultural imperialism? The effect of internet media from foreign news outlets? Or just Guardian handwringing about something no one else notices? Is British media alone in this trend?
Land of the Free, home of the geek.
Steven Schofield takes photos of british sci-fi fans, dressed in character in their homes. He treats it as 'found' photography, which seems to illustrate the subjects vulnerability. The title of the work is Land of the Free - and illustrates how American culture infiltrates, with the ironic edge of questioning the idea of the freedom of choosing to copy the look of these fictional characters. via kottke
Some movie villains aren't necessarily bad
, they're just accented that way
. But what criteria
do we use to determine a truly, uniquely bad film accent
? Obviously, it helps if an actor
annoys you to begin with, but some bad accents are simply indisputably painful
to watch. Kind of like a mashup of everything in The Speech Accent Archive
with a little bit of Received Pronounciation
thrown in here and there. Yes it's true, even the average American enjoys trying to rock
a ridiculously fake British tone
once in a while (there are dialects
?). But believe it or not, there are average people in this world actually trying
to learn how to sound American
too! OK well, on second thought, it's more likely that they're just trying to sound less "foreign"
while they're here so we don't mock them.
Now here's the obligatory Fun Quiz portion of the post: what American accent do YOU have
Do Most Of You Yanks Really Understand What The Brits Here Are On About?
Although the cultural mistranslations are probably more a question of tone and habits of irony and understatement, Jeremy Smith's online American·British
, to be published next September, might be of some assistance. Although I still prefer Terry Gliedt's older but pithier United Kingdom English For The American Novice
and even Scotsman Chris Rae's English-to-American Dictionary
. Here's a little BBC quiz
to test your skills. It seems that Canadians
and [another cute quiz coming up!
] New Zealanders
are the only Metafilterians to completely capture all the varieties of English usage here. Perhaps it all comes down to the fact that non-U.S. users know much, much less about England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand et caetera than vice-versa? Does anyone else get the occasional feeling we're not exactly speaking the same language here?
"A cowboy who had gone out on a jolly"
British soldiers talk about surviving friendly fire, and call for the US pilot who attacked them to be prosecuted for manslaughter.
Is American TV funnier than British TV?
Who watches both? I really don't know but describing American comedies as "machine-tooled one-liners" is pretty damn accurate. (via boingboing.net)
"...the sad truth is
there really are no great differences
between British and American campaigns."