Friday, February 09, 2007

Two nations divided by a common language

Quip of the week: older readers may remember the late Alistair Cooke's Letter from America on British radio, a long-running weekly feature in which Cooke, a British-born naturalised American, wittily explained his adopted country to his country of birth.

My brother and his wife are currently spending a year in the arms of American academia, and being trained sociologists with a keen eye for social detail, are keeping friends and family entertained with a periodic Email from America along the same lines. In this week's edition, they report that her parents have just arrived for a visit, adding wryly that "It’s nice to have some people to talk English to".

By the way, will someone please tell the Americans that "leverage" is a noun, not a verb?


Spike said...

Face it, you lost control of the language just as you lost most of the empire, lah!

Private Beach said...

As will you Americans when Spanish becomes the most widely spoken language in the US. That should happen in less than a century based on current trends.