Saturday, June 19, 2004
As if any more evidence were needed that I am deeply pretentious, we have this disapproving article about Americans who use British idioms. Not only do I use almost all of the expressions in the article, but I was actually not aware that several of them were Britishisms. "Sell-by date" is British? So are "run up" and "at the end of the day"? I had no idea. I may be so affected that I can't keep track of my affectations.
Personally, I'm in favor of the promiscious exchange of idioms. I don't think anyone ever suffers for having too many words or expressions at her disposal. But that may just be because, at the end of the day, I am pretentious. I can deal with that.
I read that article a couple of days ago and it annoyed me, too. I didn't know half those things were considered Britishisms. I did find myself saying a few things no one understood when I first moved to the US, such as asking someone to "ring me up" instead of "call me." But sell-by date? WTF??