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Americans ruin their jokes with two simple letters. Miserable twits. I can’t abide “just kidding.” It’s an exculpatory waiver, a spoiler alert, which bludgeons spontaneity. It regulates humour, robbing us of the joy of discovering it ourselves. Surely we can discern shades of seriousness, unaided.
posted by modernnomad on Jun 12, 2015 - 109 comments

When Is a Robin Not a Robin? When It's a Thrush.

With spring just around the corner (Mother Nature swears for real this time), North Americans are eagerly on the lookout for one of the earliest migratory harbingers of spring, the robin.

Wait, what? Robins are a Christmas bird! Hey, that's not a robin at all! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Mar 3, 2015 - 42 comments

Maybe I Can Finally Finish an Episode of AbFab!

Do you find British slang perplexing? Can't get all the way through an entire episode of Absolutely Fabulous or the original Channel 4 Shameless? Maybe this will help.
posted by double block and bleed on Apr 5, 2013 - 80 comments

Class distinctions in the US and UK

Social Class in the US and UK Lynne Murphy, a linguist from the US living in the UK, looks at the differences in class distinctions through the lens of the language we use to talk about them.
posted by mosessis on Apr 30, 2008 - 51 comments

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