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An American linguist teaching in England explores the sibling rivalry between British and American English English accents are the sexiest Americans have ruined the English language Such claims about the English language are often repeated but rarely examined Professor Lynne Murphy is on the linguistic front line In The Prodigal Tongue she explores the fiction and re. This author is such a sneering hypocrite She might have lived for 20 years in the UK because of her husband but she has no love for the British She is talking about the words toilet loo and lavatory she has forgotten bog WC khazi only old soldiers say this and brick shit house which is not used in polite company What all these British words for poo places have in common is that they are euphemistic They make reference to washing and water but they don t mention naked bottoms and what comes out of themThe British tendency to verbally tiptoe around these topics is so greatSo the author thinks the Americanisms restroom bathroom little girls room and washroom are direct Restroom which is the most common sign in stores for the toilets is hardly straightforward Unless you like sitting on the pot doing the crossword surrounded by the miasma of strangers defecating and pissing is your idea of a good rest then it is a euphemismIt s amazing how much a simple phrase can give away The author is contrasting the differing pronunciation of words in American and British English She is using as her source The Daily Mail The subject is how Ira is pronounced She says the Mail incorrectly says that Americans say Eyerack Apparently they ve never heard Barack Obama Bill or Hillary Clinton say Ira Maybe eyerack sayers George W Bush and Sarah Palin are the Daily Mail s styleSo what the author has given away from this is that she doesn t like Republicans who stupidly mispronounce things but does like Democrats and that the Mail is an unreliable right wing news source So why the fuck is she using it then There are endless web sites devoted to American v British English pronunciations she could have chosen If this book was designed for entertainment that would be acceptable but in a book that contains much academic research and texts No Americans might not know about the Daily Mail aka The Daily Rag Knowing what it is makes it an even worse source for a very long entry The Daily Mail serves two purposes Firstly all its stories are click bait designed to provoke reaction It s generally right wing but might change that stance if being liberal means that they will incite anger They are very cynical first a story slanted this way then one that The result of this is the best comments section on the internet very funny full of spittingly angry people who ve fallen for the bait However even the comments section is fake as it is often moderated ie designed to reflect a particular view and inflame people further It is also the main vehicle for spin for celebrities and other self promoters from film stars to WAGS They have at least 10 Kardashian trash stories a week but that is eclipsed by Meghan Markle and how much all her new clothes are costing the British tax payer All of this is of course designed to get people to view the ads The comments to read to join in on the the ads get viewed and the the Mail can charge for them It is viewed by many as a scurrilous ragThe author has lived in the UK for 20 years she knows what the Daily Mail is about Is she also into provoking reactions from Americans about how the British really hate Americans view spoilerActually yes she uotes figures which I doubt detailing the various amount of hatred felt by various European countries towards the US hide spoiler

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L political and linguistic forces that have driven American and British English in different directions how Americans got from centre to center why British accents are growing away from American ones and what different things we mean when we say estate frown or middle class Is anyone winning this war of the words Will Yanks and Brits ever really understand each other. What fun I was surprised to discover how many words I thought were american but were british and how many I thought were british were actually american She writes with a fun sense of humor making this a pleasure to read And there are uizzes at the endShe has a blog on this topic which I discovered reading this book so I am delighted that I can continue learning about such a fun topic

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Ality of the special relationship between British and American English By examining the causes and symptoms of American Verbal Inferiority Complex and its flipside British Verbal Superiority Complex Murphy unravels the prejudices stereotypes and insecurities that shape our attitudes to our own languageWith great humour and new insights Lynne Murphy looks at the socia. It seems that the author is trying to maintain a balance between British English and American English throughout the whole book But as a reader I can still detect that the author is defending consciously or unconsciously American English her native tongue against the accusations made by linguistically superior British peopleIt s a good book I basically agree with the author s main point American English and British English are both great nationlect it s impossible and meaningless to argue which one is better But hey you may know about the English language but you misunderstand the English people to some extent English people ridicule everything American English is just one of the American things that English people enjoy ridiculing they will always mock anything American as possible as they can


10 thoughts on “The Prodigal Tongue

  1. says:

    This author is such a sneering hypocrite She might have lived for 20 years in the UK because of her husband but sh

  2. says:

    This is a British review of the British editionA lot of ink and paper has gone into books and articles about the differences between British and American English A lot of hot air has gone into complaining at least

  3. says:

    I am fascinated by the English language its dialects and accents so I was always going to love this book The author is an American linguist who has lived in England for 20 years so she knows what she's writing about Many of my prejudices about Americanisms have been uashed there are lots of words and phrases I thought wer

  4. says:

    I love the chatty sort of language book that is eual parts academic and colorful examples John McWhorter is a favorite and David Crystal Lynne Murphy was already a favorite of mine because of her language blog Se

  5. says:

    This books first half was hilarious It got serious in the second half but was still very easy to read as a non fiction book An absolute must for Americans in England or Brits in America Or anyone with experience

  6. says:

    It seems that the author is trying to maintain a balance between British English and American English throughout the whole book But as a reader I can still detect that the author is defending consciously or unconsc

  7. says:

    This was one of those books that felt like it came into my life at exactly the moment it was meant to Yes I am one of many Anglophiles that admits to having an inferiority complex about my Americanisms or American English as the author so fascinatingly delves into with this intelligent and engaging book Highly recommended

  8. says:

    Well I unwrapped this book Christmas Eve and finished it this afternoon so you know I'm back to my original rate of production This was great fun Whenever I pick up a book about language I'm braced for an onslaught of whi

  9. says:

    What fun I was surprised to discover how many words I thought were 'american' but were 'british' and how many I thought were 'british' were actually 'american' She writes with a fun sense of humor making this a pleasure to read And there are uizzes at the endShe has a blog on this topic which I discovered reading this book so I am delighted that I can continue learning about such a fun topic

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    By far my favourite book so far this year This is the book I wish I could carry with me and show to people when they claim a certain word phrase or syntax is an Americanism 8 times out of 10 I bet they would be wrong Not that the sort of people who complain about Americanisms are open to new knowledge but a girl can try This book is comprehensive covering a wide range of facts with common myths and historical events to r