‘Britishisms’ Slowly Invading American English?

'Britishisms' Slowly Invading American EnglishThere is little that irks British defenders of the English language more than Americanisms, which they see creeping insidiously into newspaper columns and everyday conversation. But bit by bit British English is invading America too.

Spot on – it’s just ludicrous!” snaps Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist at the University of California at Berkeley. “You are just impersonating an Englishman when you say spot onWill do – I hear that from Americans. That should be put into quarantine,” he adds.

‘Took off like wildfire’

One new entrant into the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2012 was gastropub (a gentrified pub serving good food), which was first used, according to Kory Stamper, in London’s Evening Standard newspaper in 1996, and was first registered on American shores in 2000. Twee (excessively dainty or cute) is another “word of the moment”, says Stamper, as is metrosexual (a well-groomed and fashion-conscious heterosexual man) which “took off like wildfire”, after it was used in the American TV series Queer Eye.


‘Fairly pretentious’

We are not seeing a radical change to the American language, says Jesse Sheidlower, American editor at large of the Oxford English Dictionary – rather a “very small, but noticeable” trend. British TV shows like Top Gear, Dr Who, and Downton Abbey may be another reason more British words are slipping in, as well as the popularity (and easy access via the internet) of British news sources, such as The Guardian, The Economist, The Daily Mail – and the BBC.

Webster introduced the distinctive American spellings of words like “honour” (honor), “colour” (color), “defence” (defense), and “centre” (center), as well as including specifically American words like “skunk” and “chowder”.

Though a few people do take umbrage at the use of British words in American English, they are in the minority, says Sheidlower: “In the UK, the use of Americanisms is seen as a sign that culture is going to hell. But Americans think all British people are posh, so – aside from things that are fairly pretentious – no-one would mind.”

What other “Britishisms” of the American English have you noticed? Do you also catch yourself using one?

Source: BBC News

Image: Not One-off Britishisms

What The iPhone 5 Would Probably Be Like

Thinking about upgrading to a new iPhone? But you want to know if waiting for the next version is worth it? First, consider the rumors on what features it might have, new design ideas, and maybe most importantly, when pundits think it will be announced.

Design

Many of the new Android phones sport bigger 4-4.5 inch screens, so Apple is feeling the pressure to increase screen size. Rumors suggest a 4-inch screen — that’s .5 inches longer than the current 3.5-inch screen. Apple acquired the rights to use a product from a company called Liquid Metal Technologies in 2010 and many have predicted that the back of the new iPhone will be made from this material. Apple has also filed patents involving carbon fiber, which could also provide more strength to the phone’s body and an added benefit: color.

LTE

Another certainty with the iPhone is its inclusion of the super-fast LTE data connections. We saw it in the new iPad, and it is a clear trend in phone iterations for all platforms.


Processor

The new iPad sported the faster A5X processor, some predict an even faster A6 processor with a gig of RAM in the new iPhone. Hard to know which of these will make it into the iPhone, but you can bet it will be a lot snappier than the current iPhone.

Timing

Every year Apple hosts a developer conference in San Francisco in June. For many years, the company debuted the new version of the iPhone at this conference, but last year they waited until October to announce the iPhone 4S. This year, analysts are betting on October for a new release, primarily because a new version of IOS 6, the iPhone operating system (which is expected to be on the next iPhone), has not yet been released to developers.

What are your expectations for the iPhone 5? Share them with us!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: iPhone5 Unlock