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    BBC News - Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English

    Lovely article about British English words that are catching on in the US, and it tells us who to blame for some of the horrors that are coming back the other way.

    Lexicographer, author and editor Noah Webster was born in Connecticut in 1758
    Believed spellings were needlessly complicated, and tried to simplify them
    Many changes were adopted into American English - "traveled", "defense" and "color", for example
    He also wanted to change "women" to "wimmen" and "tongue" to "tung", but neither was adopted
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    Quote Originally Posted by doodab View Post
    BBC News - Britishisms and the Britishisation of American English

    Lovely article about British English words that are catching on in the US, and it tells us who to blame for some of the horrors that are coming back the other way.
    The Yanks didn't have gingers? Good to know Harry Potter is good for something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodab View Post
    He also wanted to change "women" to "wimmen" and "tongue" to "tung", but neither was adopted
    He'd still have got those wrong.

    It's wimmin. And in Lancashire it's tongg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sysman View Post
    He's still have got those wrong.

    It's wimmin. And in Lancashire it's tongg.
    I prefer the term bird and use it regularly.

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