Are you fascinated by small differences in English? I am. I grew up in a very American household, but my grandma had learned a more British English in Europe when she was growing up. Needless to say, there was some disagreement on what word one should use for certain things 😉 Even Mr. Blogthings and I have a different vocabulary from growing up in different areas of the United States – but I suppose that’s another quiz for another time.
There are so many ways to categorize the type of English any of us speak, but I thought it would be fun to look at American vs British. I’ve noticed that it’s very trendy for some Americans to adopt Britishisms… I wonder if it works the other way in Britain as well. (If it does, let me know!) Some people simply like British words, which I admit to my American ears sound pretty great. (“Loo”, for example, is a lot classier than “toilet.”) I’ve also noticed people using British spellings that are American, which I guess is okay too – but I would just get confused if I try it. We can probably blame this trend on Downton Abbey, right?
So which do you speak? American or British English? Take my latest quiz to find out: Is Your English British Or American? And as always, comment below to let me know what you got 🙂
Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):
- What do you get on Is Your English British Or American? Is it true for you?
- What sort of words do you like to borrow from other English speaking countries?
- How has your English been influenced, if at all, by a region other than where you grew up? (I’m thinking of having relatives from different areas, liking certain films, etc as contributors.)
- Take What Kind of American English Do You Speak? What do you think of your result?