pet peeves

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 20 23:10:32 UTC 2011

BBC finally put up its list of 50 "offensive" or "irritating" Americanisms
and it's every bit as ridiculous as was expected. Mark Liberman covered the
initial article on LL and Pullum followed up with a post on the 50. It's
hard not to read it without laughing--it's reminiscent of early days of
Wikipedia in that the information is unverified, at best, and represents
mostly very personal, non-extendable views.

High-school newspapers have better researched pieces. (Note, in particular,
that a substantial number of selections come from US-based correspondents
and obvious ESL correspondents.) The list tops off with "I could care less"
as one such "Americanism".


The American Dialect Society -

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