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Re: Decisions, decisons

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 26, 2008 at 07:59:

In Reply to: Re: Decisions, decisons posted by RRC on March 25, 2008 at 19:51:

: : : : Is decision-taking just as acceptable as decision-making?
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: : : The former has long been the British preference, and the latter the American, but television has melded them and now each may use either.

: : "Now each may use either": When did that change occur? I missed the announcement. "Decision taking" still sounds foreign to me. ~rb (U.S.)

: I agree. "Decision taking" is rare in the US. UK TV shows are not very commonly watched in the US, mostly segregated to BBC America cable channel (which is usually on the pay-more-than-the-minimum package) and late night PBS. If there's a really good UK show, we just make a horrible re-make of it instead of watching the real thing (e.g. Changing Rooms -> Trading Spaces).

There's a difference between using a phrase yourself and understanding it when used by others. When we hear some Britisher talk about "taking a decision," we don't ask "take it where?" We know what he means, even if we would never say it ourselves.
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