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English isn't one language anymore. I am reading a novel set in Ireland. The line reads:"you were looking at her bum when she left". I would say:"you wuz checking out her ass"
 
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By that logic, which spoken language is?
 
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I heard a quote one time, by whom I don't know, that says something like:

"The USA and the UK are two nations divided by a common language"
 
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Get a native Texan and a Bostonian in the same room.
 
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Henry Higgins wrote:There even are places where English completely disappears.
Well, in America, they haven't used it for years!

 
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Tim Cooke wrote:I heard a quote one time, by whom I don't know, that says something like:

"The USA and the UK are two nations divided by a common language"


I think it was George Bernard Shaw.
 
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I love that video. That was pretty much my point. I especially liked the part about Americans haven't spoke english for years. Lol
 
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For me the hardest American accent to understand is Louisiana. Besides that though there are different words. An American would use French derrière before calling it a bum :^)
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:

Henry Higgins wrote:. . .

Sang, surely? He also sang

Hoxton

which the subtitles showed as Hawkestone.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Sang, surely?


I am unaware of any "sang" tags we may have implemented. Quote tags were the best I could do.

;-)

Edit - Rex Harrison was also not really known for singing. He really does mostly speak the lyrics in time to the music.
 
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fred rosenberger wrote:. . . Rex Harrison was also not really known for singing. . . .

You're right there. It was Julie Andrews wot sung woznit guv?

It was Julie Andrews, wasn't it? No, I see it was Audrey Hepburn who played Eliza. Julie Andrews sang Eliza in the stage version in London in the late 1950s/early 1960s, before the film. I remember my parents going to see it. The programme had a very ghostly looking GBS pulling Strings and Eliza and Iggins as marionettes on the cover.

I see from that Wikipedia link that the same people sang the same rôles in the Broadway production before it came to London.
 
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I understand that Taggart had to be subtitled before being sent across the Pond because the Glaswegian accents were so incomprehensible. They were scarcely easier to understand in England; my brother‑in‑law kept asking me to interpret Taggart on the TV about twenty years ago.

My father came from about 15 miles from Glasgow, so I had no trouble with the accents.
 
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I find most American accents much easier to understand than British accents. Even so, I prefer to watch all English spoken shows with subtitles, because my hearing isn't all that.
 
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:My father came from about 15 miles from Glasgow, so I had no trouble with the accents.


When I lived in Glasgow for work, it took me a couple of weeks to work out that I wasn't going to get nutted (a.k.a. a "Glasgow Kiss") every five minutes; the accent sounds very fierce if you're not used to it. In fact, Glaswegians - and Scots in general - are incredibly friendly; they just sound tough.

BTW, one of my favourite detectives is Inspector Rebus (way better than Morse, IMO), and I actually went to 'The Oxford' a few times while I was living in Edinburgh.

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Randall Twede wrote: I would say:"you wuz checking out her ass"

I would say: your intelligence have been hijacked by Hormones.
 
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Randall Twede wrote:English isn't one language anymore. I am reading a novel set in Ireland. The line reads:"you were looking at her bum when she left". I would say:"you wuz checking out her ass"



Nevertheless, the female curves language is universal!



 
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