British vs American English

Attributed to John Cleese: NOTICE OF REVOCATION OF INDEPENDENCE Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. (Except Utah, which she does not fancy.) Your new prime minister will appoint a minister for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be […]

At last!

Even the BBC gave up on RP (received pronunciation), and now it seems Africa is catching on that you don’t have to sound like you swallowed a dictionary in order to convey your intelligence.Ghana calls to an end to the Queen’s English.

Sorry to be mean, but …

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton. She went to school at St Andrew’s School – then attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire then she studied at the British Institute in Florence, Italy, and in 2005, she graduated with a degree in History of Art from the University of St Andrews […]

If PHP were written in British English

When Rasmus Lerdorf first put PHP together, he – quite sensibly, despite his heritage – chose not to write it in Greenlandic or Danish. Good job too – that would have been rather unpleasant to work with. He opted instead, being in Canada at the time, for the local tongue. No, not French, he used […]

Traditional British words dying out

In a study carried out to mark the launch of Planet Word, a book by JP Davidson, it seems that a string of traditionally British words such as cripes and balderdash are dying out amid the popularity of shortened text-style terms. Researchers also found that only 82 per cent are familiar with the word raconteur […]