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    British English vs American English

    English is the de facto world language and the third largest language in the world in terms of first language speakers (the largest spoken in the world if you include second and third language speakers). English largely owes this honour to the success of the British Empire and the 'superpower' status held by the predominantly English speaking United States.

    However, the two most spoken dialects of English, British English and American English, have key differences:

    British English / American English

    Crisps / Potato chips
    Football / Soccer
    American football / Football
    Arse / Ass
    Bum / Butt
    Lift / Elevator


    Also, there are etiquette differences: In Britain, when asked for coffee, you'd say 'I don't mind', whereas in America, you'd say 'I don't care'. Either sounds odd to the other.

    So, the question is- which dialect is better? I'd say British English, but not just because I'm biased- it makes more sense (ie football is actually a ball game played with the foot), and it's the original.

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    British>English

    Arse rolls off the tongue (Insert rimming gag) where as Ass is about donkeys


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    Both do things horribly strangely in specific situations.

    I tend to drift in and out of phrases used in both, and I think it'd be better if they were more mingled and those stupid XBox Live episodes wouldn't happen.

    Oh, and

    Crisps > chips
    Chips > fries
    Football > Soccer
    Football = Football (We're smart enough to know that you mean the *other* football)
    Arse = Ass (It's just your stupid accent that adds the R)
    Bum / Butt
    Lift / Elevator

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    Oh please, us English think this all the time. We don't need a thread to clarify that we're right.

    English is the language of the English, at least, it was. I don't think Americans, or any English-variant-speaking other can comment and say that the way the English (generally) speak the language is wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brawny View Post
    Arse = Ass (It's just your stupid accent that adds the R)
    Nope ARSE is a word you can say in polite companys (well I do) and it feels good to say it

    Try it now

    ARSE!


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    Well obviously it's gotta be the British dialect, hasn't it? Our "football" is actually about using your feet, and "arse" really does sound better with that 'r' in it.

    And of course, there's the fact that we can spell properly ('colour', 'analogue', 'cheque', 'plough', etc.).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Napalmbrain View Post
    Well obviously it's gotta be the British dialect, hasn't it? Our "football" is actually about using your feet, and "arse" really does sound better with that 'r' in it.

    And of course, there's the fact that we can spell properly ('colour', 'analogue', 'cheque', 'plough', etc.).
    How else would the Americans spell Plough?

    D=

    Enoch was right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DRMARIO View Post
    How else would the Americans spell Plough?
    "Plow" (it pains me to type it thay way).



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    Oh my..

    Enoch was right.


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    The fricking way you pronounce it?

    PLOOOOWWWWWWWW

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