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The American idiom gone missing?

Posted by Dhm on June 17, 2004

In Reply to: The American idiom gone missing? posted by Brian from Shawnee on June 17, 2004

: : : Here's an interesting article about the lack of the equivalent of phrases like "at the end of the day", "at university" and "gone missing" in American English.

: : : :)

: : Could we, like, pass a law in the U.S. against using British expressions? Now that we have BBC America things will really get out of hand.

: Watch out for young people screaming "Brilliant!" at each other. There is currently a series of Guiness TV adverts in the U.S. that feature two guys doing just that, as they engage in positive Guiness-related activities such as inventing the six-pack, drinking responsibly, etc.

The only britishism my teenagers seem to use freely is "wanker". Here in the DC area, children of Foreign Service families are a major source of alien slang.