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'Make' when its used to describe having a poo. I HATE IT.
Probably the word 'awesome', when used to describe something like a cup of tea. I know the word 'awesome' is from the English language, but Americans weakened the meaning, and southerners took it on too.
Also: statements suddenly becoming questions. I reckon 95% of DiSers are guilty of it too. It makes me shudder.
My heart was broken when I went to visit a mate and he'd adopted that end-of-statement increase in pitch.
My housemate said it four times in a six word sentence last night. The other three girls didn't even pick up on it. It's like accepted now, yeah?
example sentence please?
Make a poo?
though to be fair no Americanism annoys me as much as people who say 'would of' when they mean 'would have'
I just saw it in a work email (!) the other day and it's been irking me ever since.
People who use 'can I get' rather than 'can I have' probably secretly wish they were in Sex and the City though.
step down? what?? ho iz dis posibul?
Having said that, "I'll write you" really pisses me off. I'll write TO you, fool.
Why do Americans use it then? What is it a Mexicanism???
(oh and I used to live in the good ol' USA so, like, there)
everywhere when they wrote to eachother. My old old old ancestor people used to say it to eachother in the 30s and 40s, because I've read the things they wrote.
Maybe its an example of Northern / American crossovers. Like pants?
Or the word 'poo' used by anyone from North America who's over the age of six.
My bad = most irritating phrase.
and raise you a Joss Stone
I think Germany won the war for everyone else when they decided to start on Joseph. If America hadn't have got involved, Russia would still have probably just beat the Germans wouldn't they? Might have just taken a bit longer.
it means pretty much the opposite to what you are trying to say!
i gotta go potty
'fanny' meaning arse
have a nice day
'to axe a question'
a burger is not a 'patty', patty is a jovial term for cowpat
'im lovin it'
16% of americans believe joan of arc is..........noahs wife
bill & ted??
when we take the piss out of Americans.
they invented the word, so they're kind of allowed that one.
but the British made it better
I'm pretty sure I was talking bullshit though
instead of leftenant (spelt phonetically).
cos its never spelt leftennant, so it pisses me off to say left when they say loo
like that cool whip thing in family guy
And live in the US of A? Then it would be acceptable.
phontetically its correct. its the british which are stupid saying left.
im english btw. its just stooooooooopid
and often get it wrong. When I say often, I actually mean once perhaps as I'm not in the army so have no need to refer to people by their rank.
And cute meaning attractive.
pants are much, much different and much more fun
also a northernism which creates much hilarity when going to uni, much like the saying of barmcakes, baps, rolls, muffins, etc
I say pants for my lower half wear.
As for all that barmcake crap, that tends to come from Manchester.
I just use teacake. It covers the entire selection.
Excel date sorting is a right pain in the arse
My OED used to spell ised words with zs.
I heard that Britons used to spell words such as organize, socialize and demoralize, and somehow it was reversed.
I prefer the 's' though.
and our house style is "ize". And it's not American. Apparently that's a common misconception that makes publishing type people REALLY ANGRY!!!
instead of -isation.
but the powers that be changed it to -isation to be more french. so its not an americanism, rather ours is an anglicism.
You clearly got there before me. Should've just kept my head down (shakes said head)
gin drinkin, leg coverin opium fiends
It's made me insecure and worried I am only going to annoy you all with any turn of phrase I use. Also, some of you are wrong on what are Americanisms.
and I like you. Validation?
hell on earth^
Happens on here quite a bit too.
"So, I was in the bakers yesterday..."
"Really? Now fuck off"
'maaaan thats gonna smart'
smart means clever you ABSOLUTE WORTHLESS CUMBUBBLE
that smarts - that hurts - smart, meaning to suffer pain actually pre-dated all other 'smart' meanings. Smart (to suffer pain) first appeared around 1150 (Chambers) and is developed from the Old English word Smeorten, which is in turn from Proto-Germanic Smertanan, with cognates in Greek (Smerdnos = fearful), Latin (Mordere = to bite), and Sanskrit (Mardati = he destroys). These very early origins (thousands of years ago, essentially from ancient Indo-European languages) are the same roots which led to the more common modern use of the adjective or adverb word Smart, meaning sharp, neatly dressed, and clever/intelligent, which appeared a few years later than the 'suffer pain' verb. All modern 'smart' meanings are therefore derived from the pain and destruction-related origins.
you made my brain smart
and if I run into you all, I will be sure to use each and every one of these on you, you easily-annoyed little numpties. (Except the ones here that AREN'T ACTUALLY REAL.)
the more sensible American spellings of harbor/color etc.
like you wouldn't pronounce "flour" as "floor" or "hour" as "oar"
this is true
Sorry, do you have a lisp? Because it's 'maths', you stupid fucking fuck.
an 's' on the end of 'mathematics' doesn't mean it's a plural.
For christ's sake. 'Math', above all else, is just utterly cringeworthy.
you're so sensible and open-minded
and it didnt work
(not sports) teams and bands as 'it' rather than 'they';
"Manchester United is better than Chelsea"
"Black Sabbath is sick"
Really grinds my gears, that one.
Also; saying 'and oh' in a sporting context -
"Undertaker is 16 and 'Oh' at Wrestlemania"
It's pronounced "sixteen nil".
I am genuinely fascinated by our American cousins.
Not a plural noun.
They're right. We're wrong. Stop telling them they're wrong.
about Manchester United players of Manchester United fans, yes. But Manchester United on its own is a singular noun. As are all teams/organisations/bands that aren't plural nouns.
we dont say "the country of britain are better than america"
with whether you recognise that a team is made up of a collection of individuals, and thus making it plural or see the team as an individual entity, which by very nature of it being a team, it is not.
don't listen to anyone. This irks me too.
it's the words they don't use:
'a new film coming two thousand eight!'
Coming IN two thousand AND eight.
Congratulations! by eliminating those two monosyllabic words you've saved yourself valuable war-mongering time.
The ninth of November, reclaim those dates*
*Stewart Lee's not mine.
but it makes my blood boil with wrathful fury when Brits use it.
Its like a logical abbreviation.
Its arguably the most important international event that's happened to the entire world since WW2, and so its one of the most talked about.
Surely its pretty obvious to shorten 'the ninth of November' to 'nine eleven'. Seven syllables to four.
not the 9th November. Their fucked up date system
I hate the fucking Americans as much as much as I hate the fucking Romans.
e.g. PEAnut butter, TEE-v
2. Upsetting pronunciation of vowels
my least favourite being 'cosmos' pronounced 'caazmose'
3. Similarly despicable pronunciation of the letter S. I swear to god I've heard Americans pronounce 'Chinese' as 'chyneece'
are actually American.
It's fair to say that I probably use more Americanisms than people ten/twenty years older than me but I'm horrified by those of people younger than me, ie most of you lot. We forgive our own failings.
I'm quite sure that there's people older than me who've never forgiven us for adopting 'cool'.
"What do you mean when you say this gramophone record is 'cool'? Do you mean 'cool' to the touch?"