Oi! Yanks! No!

Oi! Yanks! No!

- or, things to avoid if at all possible.

This is a general guide to random bits of Britishness. Some will be true for some people, some not. [the site is being written by a middle-class twenty-something from southern England] If you want some idea of what's happening in Britain politically, culturally, etc, a good place to go is the BBC news site.

Oh, and one thing to remember : we're right. We're always right. What language is it we're speaking again? That's right. *English*.

If you think English makes no sense, or if you hear us using words that appear to be a completely different language altogether (the language spoken in the British Isles also changes fastest, slang-wise, than any other dialect of it, including American), just remember this quote from James D. Nicoll :

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle through their pockets for new vocabulary."

For the linguistic geeks (which I am one of), if you really think English makes no sense as a language, just remember that it's a Germanic/Danish language with Old French laid over the top, with a tiny smidgen of Gaelic and a whole truckload of words stolen from other languages. Got that? Okay, now take that, then look at our grammar, then go and beat Dr. Johnson over the head with his bloody dictionary for his completely unlogical approach to spelling.

If you've got anything you want explaining or feel needs putting up here, mail me. It's still in progress, though.

This was brought to you mostly by Heather, but added poking and inspiration from Lou, Megs, Kate and Dolores.