Re: two nations divided by a common tongue

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2000 - 11:31:21 MST

In this particular case, I heard Damien's Oz/Anglo voice (or rather, the
generic plug-in voice I have for that) in my head and got his meaning
first time. But it does make me wonder how many times I *fail* to do
that. Food for thought, and one more notch in the "affectlessness log"
of ASCII media. wrote:
> In a message dated 1/22/00 10:01:47 PM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> > By `have a problem with' I meant `strenuously object to'; Greg and
> > QueenMuse read it, I think, as `are plagued by a high frequency of'. Just
> > the opposite of what I meant, or at least orthoganal.
> >
> > Damien (not fluent in American)
> Just shows to go you how subtle language is -- what you took as the primary
> and obvious meaning of your phrase would be a secondary and very
> context-driven one in American English (but would have been consistent with
> the British usage, I believe).
> Back when my primary clientele was British, I used to have a fairly complete
> British-English usage module in my head and could switch pretty fluently
> between them, although it caused some cognitive dissonance from time to time,
> especially when the difference in usage pointed to a real (albeit usually
> very, very subtle) cultural difference between American and British
> perceptions and values.
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