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#1 Edited by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

I mean really how in the fuck did we go from cheque to check? Or honour to honor? Fucking Americans, you know its bad when you're ashamed of the country you were born in.

#2 Posted by emergency (1190 posts) -

Wait, the american english for Cheque is Check? Well that's unnecessarily confusing :P

#3 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@emergency said:

Wait, the american english for Cheque is Check? Well that's unnecessarily confusing :P

I think they changed that because otherwise, it would be pronounced "che-kway."

#4 Posted by StormTrooper (41 posts) -

@BigChickenDinner said:

you know its bad when your ashamed of the country you were born in.

you're. it's a contraction for "you are" - or is that different in the queen's english, as well?

#5 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@emergency said:

Wait, the american english for Cheque is Check? Well that's unnecessarily confusing :P

Imagine how I feel >_<'

#6 Posted by thevigilanteoflove (514 posts) -

I think the differences in the language have probably been developing for hundreds of years, and it doesn't really seem like something to get angry about. The differences are so small and insignificant that it doesn't really affect reading or speaking the language at all.

#7 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

IRONY!

#8 Posted by TooWalrus (13257 posts) -

Languages change and evolve, man. Here's a news flash- modern British English didn't exist a few hundred years ago, either.

#9 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@StormTrooper said:

@BigChickenDinner said:

you know its bad when your ashamed of the country you were born in.

you're. it's a contraction for "you are" - or is that different in the queen's english, as well?

Thank god for my friendly spell checker, its hard to type, eat, and talk on the phone all at the same time you know!

Oh and thank you for shaming us Americans once again, not catching the fact that I am, you know, an American.

#10 Edited by Juvenfly (125 posts) -

Many of those spelling changes you reference were proposed by Noah Webster. People thought they made sense, so they adopted them. There have been very few successful attempts to reform the English spelling system (which is atrocious) on either side of the pond, but Webster, for whatever reason, was successful at least in those few areas.

#11 Posted by Ramone (2976 posts) -

Can everyone just ignore BigChickenDinner from now on? He keeps making really dumb threads.

#12 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@Ramone said:

Can everyone just ignore BigChickenDinner from now on? He keeps making really dumb threads.

Until I took an arrow to the knee.

#13 Posted by Xolare (1285 posts) -

@BigChickenDinner said:

@Ramone said:

Can everyone just ignore BigChickenDinner from now on? He keeps making really dumb threads.

Until I took an arrow to the knee.

Yep. Get the fuck out.

#14 Posted by thevigilanteoflove (514 posts) -

@Ramone said:

Can everyone just ignore BigChickenDinner from now on? He keeps making really dumb threads.

This.

#15 Posted by Metric_Outlaw (1173 posts) -

I was born in America...

#16 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@Juvenfly said:

Many of those spelling changes you reference were proposed by Noah Webster. People thought they made sense, so they adopted them. There have been very few successful attempts to reform the English spelling system (which is atrocious) on either side of the pond, but Webster, for whatever reason, was successful at least in those few areas.

This is a nice, productive post, thank you@Ramone said:

Can everyone just ignore BigChickenDinner from now on? He keeps making really dumb threads.

You sir are a dick, if you don't find interest in a thread there is no need to bash the OP or declare the topic is dumb. Gooday' to you.<-- see what I did there?

#17 Posted by Animasta (14726 posts) -

yeah you're making too many topics and they are about dumb things, so... you are a Bad Poster

#18 Posted by laserbolts (5368 posts) -

Some people just shouldn't make threads.

#19 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@Animasta said:

yeah you're making too many topics and they are about dumb things, so... you are a Bad Poster

Psst... I know who you are..... Hail Sithis

#20 Edited by Xtrememuffinman (958 posts) -

Americans just fucking hate the letter "U".

#21 Posted by GreggD (4515 posts) -

I will say this. The British usage of s' in words instead of z's is bullshit. the letter z already has limited use, so why limit it even further?

#22 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Then move somewhere else you stupid fuck.

@Xtrememuffinman said:

Americans just fucking hates the letter "U".

Also this.

#23 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@GreggD said:

I will say this. The British usage of s' in words instead of z's is bullshit. the letter z already has limited use, so why limit it even further?

My question is why do they call z, zed?

#24 Posted by nixatron (126 posts) -

@BigChickenDinner: Oh go fuck yourself with your stupid little skyrim meme that isnt even that funny. I bet you thought you were really fucking clever when you came up with that one all by yourself. except its been used about a billion times over again and isnt orginal or funny.

#25 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@nixatron said:

@BigChickenDinner: Oh go fuck yourself with your stupid little skyrim meme that isnt even that funny. I bet you thought you were really fucking clever when you came up with that one all by yourself. except its been used about a billion times over again and isnt orginal or funny.

Yes, I can feel your teenage angst raging inside of you, JOIN THE DARK SIDE LITTLE ONE!!!

#26 Posted by spartanlolz92 (511 posts) -

its that he dislike this topic its the op comes off ass snide. the way i see it the dictionary consider both right

#27 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -
@spartanlolz92

its that he dislike this topic its the op comes off ass snide. the way i see it the dictionary consider both right

An asshole Dave Snider or Dave Sniders ass?
#28 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

@BigChickenDinner said:

@nixatron said:

@BigChickenDinner: Oh go fuck yourself with your stupid little skyrim meme that isnt even that funny. I bet you thought you were really fucking clever when you came up with that one all by yourself. except its been used about a billion times over again and isnt orginal or funny.

Yes, I can feel your teenage angst raging inside of you, JOIN THE DARK SIDE LITTLE ONE!!!

I don't think you can talk about teenage angst when you make threads whining about how the music you like is getting popular.

#29 Posted by PillClinton (3297 posts) -

I thought this was going to be about the differences between the sort of flat, direct sounding American/Canadian accent and the more rounded, kind of "flourishy" sounding accents of just about every other English speaking nation. That, I find quite a bit more interesting.

#30 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@spartanlolz92 said:

its that he dislike this topic its the op comes off ass snide. the way i see it the dictionary consider both right

Sorry, your terribly broken English does not work in the Queens English or American English.

#31 Posted by BigChickenDinner (761 posts) -

@PeasantAbuse said:

@BigChickenDinner said:

@nixatron said:

@BigChickenDinner: Oh go fuck yourself with your stupid little skyrim meme that isnt even that funny. I bet you thought you were really fucking clever when you came up with that one all by yourself. except its been used about a billion times over again and isnt orginal or funny.

Yes, I can feel your teenage angst raging inside of you, JOIN THE DARK SIDE LITTLE ONE!!!

I don't think you can talk about teenage angst when you make threads whining about how the music you like is getting popular.

Well, I haven't made that thread yet, you might have confused my thread about the dangers of the rave scene becoming so popular, the lack of informed ravers and little kids dying, ruining the vibe of raving, with some other thread about music.

#32 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

You and Yagami should get together and talk about how super awesome and misunderstood you both are.

#33 Posted by Helimocopter (369 posts) -

Cos way back in the revlusonary war Murrca was all like, fuck you King Britto, we want our own tee!

Christ that kind of hurt to type.

#34 Posted by bibamatt (1090 posts) -
@GreggD

I will say this. The British usage of s' in words instead of z's is bullshit. the letter z already has limited use, so why limit it even further?

You do realise that it's been 's' in those words for a loooong time before Americans decided to replace them with 'z' (as pointed out in a previous post in the thread)...? The English aren't 'limiting' z's use, they're using it in the correct form of the English language. Just not (newer, altered) American English.
#35 Posted by Brendan (8151 posts) -

@McGhee said:

You and Yagami should get together and talk about how super awesome and misunderstood you both are.

He's officially joined the ignorant club. There's four members now, try to guess who the other two are.

#36 Posted by mylifeforAiur (3489 posts) -

The difference really isn't that significant. You should probably find something more worthwhile to fulminate about, lad.

#37 Posted by McGhee (6075 posts) -

@Brendan said:

@McGhee said:

You and Yagami should get together and talk about how super awesome and misunderstood you both are.

He's officially joined the ignorant club. There's four members now, try to guess who the other two are.

Heh, I definitely know of one other, but the fourth I'm not so sure. But I'll not single the one out. I've already bashed him enough. I'll just wait until he posts another particularly idiotic rant.

#38 Posted by Matfei90 (1288 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

@emergency said:

Wait, the american english for Cheque is Check? Well that's unnecessarily confusing :P

I think they changed that because otherwise, it would be pronounced "che-kway."

Doesn't explain the odd pronunciations like 'Arkansas'. Cheque is a far easier jump to make than that.

#39 Posted by JasonR86 (9728 posts) -

I love the title to this thread.

#40 Posted by Helimocopter (369 posts) -

@Brendan:

Its ryan and patrick right?

#41 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I read an article awhile back in Nat Geo that the the British dialect has changed more so than the American dialect During the revolutionary war, every essentially spoke 'american', its the British dialect that has changed over the years.

#42 Posted by Beforet (2934 posts) -

Can any one explain to me why the Scots are so different from the Brits? Can any one explain to me why the 1920s hated Jews? Can anyone explain to me why poor people in New York pronounce /r/ differently from rich people?

Can anyone explain culture to me?

#43 Posted by MiniPato (2752 posts) -

You're ashamed to be an American because words are spelled different? Must be nice to be you with such minor worries.

#44 Posted by Gerhabio (1977 posts) -

Arbitrary differences created by distance and time.

Also, prescriptive language is for uneducated losers.

#45 Posted by Blackout62 (1410 posts) -

Well when an empire and one its colonies dislike each other very much they start arguing over the representation of the rights of the colony till eventually the colony engages in action to assert itself as a sovereign nation. Once that sovereign nation has formed remnants of the original reigning empire such as language remain. Over 300 years later the once similar language has now become different within the two lands due to culture, regional influence, and a really big body of water.

#46 Posted by chrismafuchris (1080 posts) -

From what I understand Ben Franklin posed the alternate spellings as an easier writin system to curb illiteracy in then mostly rural country.

#47 Posted by GreggD (4515 posts) -

@bibamatt said:

@GreggD

I will say this. The British usage of s' in words instead of z's is bullshit. the letter z already has limited use, so why limit it even further?

You do realise that it's been 's' in those words for a loooong time before Americans decided to replace them with 'z' (as pointed out in a previous post in the thread)...? The English aren't 'limiting' z's use, they're using it in the correct form of the English language. Just not (newer, altered) American English.

I'm speaking retroactively, of course. The fact that Z has always had such limited use in traditional British dialect is nonsense.

#48 Posted by chrismafuchris (1080 posts) -

One of the most sickening disparities between the dialects is the two obscenely divergent definitions of the word "flapjack". Here in good old 'Murrika, we know damn well that a flapjack is a pancake, but the English, for some God forsaken reason, had the audacity to proclaim that a flapjack is rather an oat bar. Bastards.

#49 Posted by wafflez (528 posts) -

If you dont like American talk, then get off our internet.   Colour?!  So unnecessary

#50 Posted by Turambar (6898 posts) -

@chrismafuchris said:

One of the most sickening disparities between the dialects is the two obscenely divergent definitions of the word "flapjack". Here in good old 'Murrika, we know damn well that a flapjack is a pancake, but the English, for some God forsaken reason, had the audacity to proclaim that a flapjack is rather an oat bar. Bastards.

What the hell is an oat bar.