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Russia: "Britain just a small island"


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#166    spud the mackem

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:54 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 08 September 2013 - 10:29 PM, said:

I think mainly it was the British, first to the US and Canada, then to Jamaica and other Caribbean locales, Singapore, most of the Pacific, large parts of Africa, and of course to the Indian Subcontinent.

The US took it to Hawaii and the Philippines and Vietnam and maybe it can be said to Japan, although that is mainly a Japanese decisioin.

Nowadays the dominance of English in science is mostly American caused.  The adoption by young people is largely cultural based on American films but both British and American music.  Businessmen deal all over the world so all the English-speaking countries play a role.
   Err...... Hawai'i was British before it was American, a guy called Captain Cook discovered it,a very British Sailor.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 12:21 AM

I suppose but the Hawaiians stayed with Hawaii until the Americans took over.


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 01:08 PM

View PostElfin, on 07 September 2013 - 04:07 PM, said:

That's a matter of opinion of course. There are worse examples, such as when Americans say "I don't got" instead of, in British English "I don't have" (formal register) or "I haven't got" (informal register).
"I don't/ain't got" sounds uneducated in American English as well.

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