ₓ Format Kindle Read [ The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English ] ₤ By Lynne Murphy ⃚ ₓ Format Kindle Read [ The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English ] ₤ By Lynne Murphy ⃚ 1The Queen s English, CorruptedIf there is a hideous language on the face of the earth than the American form of English, I should like to know what it is Baron Somers, in the House of Lords 1979 Americans are ruining the English language I know this because people go out of their way to tell me so I am a magnet for such comments an American who dares to teach English Language and Linguistics at a British university and who has the chutzpah to write about American and British language differences on the internet But you don t need me to tell you about the wrecking ball that is American English the talking heads of Britain have been pointing it out for years English is under attack from American words that are mindless the Mail on Sunday , ugly and pointless BBC Magazine , infectious, destructive and virulent the Daily Mail American words infect, invade, and pollute The Times Even Prince Charles has assessed the situation, warning that American English is very corrupting Perhaps you had thought someone or something else was causing English s demise Maybe it s inarticulate young people, bent on creating a future English that consists of little than strings of so like kinda this and stuff Or is technology responsible BBC journalist John Humphrys likens text messagers to Genghis Khan they are vandals who are pillaging our punctuation savaging our sentences raping our vocabulary Business jargon is another likely suspect Don Watson, in his book Gobbledygook, argues that management speak expressions sterilise the language and kill imagination and clarity In fact, the plain language promoters at Clarity International blame business jargon for the financial crisis of 2008 the language of banking had become so meaningless that customers could not understand the risks they were signing up for.But look closer and you may decide that all these dangers to English are just symptoms of a linguistic malady whose ground zero is the United States For instance, if young people are ruining the Queen s English, should we blame them, or blame America The United States invented 20th century childhood, which continues to shape culture worldwide in the 21st century The seen but not heard Victorian girls and boys of Britain have been replaced by the American inventions of the teenager and the tween Children born in Essex or Edinburgh or Aberystwyth live part of their lives in a virtual America, home of hip hop, Disney princesses, caped superheroes, and fast food The situation is bad enough that in 2007 the British media regulator Ofcom the equivalent of the US Federal Communications Commission called for a national debate on the proliferation of American children s television on British screens We don t want our children growing up with American accents, proclaimed former BBC Play School presenter Baroness Floella Benjamin It may be too late British young people, like their American counterparts are, like, ending their statements as if they were, like, questions And the youthful English speakers are not all that young any As Oscar Wilde observed The youth of America is their oldest tradition It has been going on now for three hundred years More than a hundred years after Wilde s quip, the lines between childhood and adulthood have become blurred by adults refusal to put away childish things, with the US leading the way The American invention of the word kidult underscores the point In kidulthood, grown up speech becomes casual no one wants to be called Mister or ma am We feel free to mumble our gonnas and lemmes And everything is awesome.Technology and business are similar stealth American invasions into global English American technology spills foreignisms throughout the anglophonic world We talk of uploads, of microwaving food, of personal computers The technologies crossed oceans and so did the words Microsoft Word asks British users to set the font color Facebook teaches us to unfriend people and unlike things, then puts a grumpy red line under perfectly good English spellings like practise with an s and travelled with double l This increasingly technologized, globalized world brings us business jargon, the language of optimism and obfuscation Surely going forward, reaching out, and leveraging our real time client synergy is the fault of go getting, pop psychologizing American suits.We can actually quantify the horror that American English arouses After using a thesaurus in order to find adjectives meaning good, useful, bad, and useless, I searched the internet for the phrase a n _____ Americanism, inserting the synonyms into the blank I m happy to report that on that particular day the worldwide web knew of 227 lovely Americanisms, 73 apt ones, and even 5 elegant ones But the top six not so flattering adjectives are slightly numerous I ve lived in England long enough to have mastered the ironic understatement The internet s top six adjectives modifying AmericanismFlattering Not so flattering227 Lovely Ugly 7,780231 Nice Horrible 4,780100 Useful Vile 3,61073 Apt Awful 1,70025 Delightful Dreadful 9635 Elegant Nasty 373That s nearly thirty times as many not so flattering adjectives as flattering ones, just looking at the top six After the top six, the flattering list stops, but the not so flattering one goes on And on.American English the language of my childhood, my dear mom and dad, the teachers who introduced me to Shakespeare the language of Sesame Street, Barack Obama, Maya Angelou, and Mark Twain is Linguistic Public Enemy Number 1 in much of the English speaking world So far we ve seen it described as a pollution, a disease, a destructive force, an aesthetic horror The repetition of these refrains in my adopted country makes it difficult for me to maintain a stereotype that Americans hold dear that the British are a polite and intelligent people.Is American English really a disease that infects other languages, particularly the mother tongue of England Or are we seeing the influence of linguistic hypochondriacs, diagnosing idiocy and destruction where there is none Are Americanisms evil pollutants that disintegrate minds Or do they inoculate English against a wasting atrophy The answers to these questions are complicated than the linguistic Chicken Littles The sky is falling The language is imploding are willing to admit.This book provides an arsenal of facts and an armful of interpretations that, I hope, might heighten our enjoyment of our common language and our pride in it What if, instead of worrying about the ruination of English by young people, jargonistas, or Americans, we celebrated English for being robust enough to allow such growth and variety What if instead of judging people including ourselves on the basis of pronunciation or grammar, we listened to what they had to say and enjoyed how they said it What if instead of tutting, we marveled Humor me with that for the length of this book Then, if you must, you can go back to complaining.Statements like British is best or American is simpler are just too glib to do our language justice The ideas to be pilloried in the following chapters include One kind of English is pure than another.One kind of English is precise than the other.American and British English differences amount to just a few spellings and some funny words.British English is older than American English.American and British English will soon be indistinguishable.English can be hurt by speaking it wrong.Maybe you hold some of those beliefs You certainly know people who do They re harder beliefs to hold once you ve looked closely at the full range of linguistic differences and similarities These differences are superficial and deep, simple and complex, blatant and sneaky the spelling of colo u r, the pronunciation of garage, the meaning of frown, whether you eat mashed potato or mashed potatoes They touch on the language s relationships with time, with the landscape, with other languages, and especially with social class and self image They raise questions about what we value in our language Is tradition important than efficiency Do we judge good English by what authorities say about it or by how people actually talk Is it better to have many different ways to English, or would we be better off with a uniform language I m not going to try to answer those questions for you In fact, if I get my way, you may be unsettled about these issues than when you picked up this book Whether you value tradition or innovation, efficiency or poeticism, localness or universality, you may find that those things are harder to pin down once you dig deep into the mire that is English.Anti Americanism ism There is no such thing as American English There is English And there are mistakes QueenUK not Her Majesty When it became clear that American independence on American terms was inevitable, King George III vowed to keep the rebels harassed, anxious, and poor, until the day when, by a natural and inevitable process, discontent and disappointment are converted into penitence and remorse But with other colonies to manage and Napoleon coming on the scene, the harassment did not last long Today, with our bloody tax and governance dispute well behind us, the Anglo American special relationship is one of the strongest allegiances in the world David Cameron and Barack Obama took time in 2012 to write in the Washington Post The alliance between the United States and Great Britain is a partnership of the heart, bound by the history, traditions and values we share But what makes our relationship special a unique and essential asset is that we join hands across so many endeavors Put simply, we count on each other and the world counts on our alliance.Notably absent from their list of what binds us is language We can only guess how much Cameron cringed when he saw a u less endeavor in a piece he had coauthored No one is really sure who first quipped that the two countries are separated by a common language, but our linguistic differences have long been noted and stewed over In 1756, just after the publication of his great dictionary but before there was a United States , Samuel Johnson referred to the trace of corruption in the language of an American book he reviewed That he enjoyed the book at all is a testament to its author s skill and elegance, for as a loyal subject of the monarchy Johnson was no fan of the uppity colonists Had we treated the Americans as we ought, and as they deserved, we should have at once razed all their towns and let them enjoy their forests All its life, the United States has had European naysayers In the past century, distaste for America and its exports has been couched in terms of resistance to American cultural imperialism Before that, it was America s radical rejection of the old inheritance based roots of power that struck fear and disgust in the hearts of many European anti Americanism was born out of astonishment over the new society in which for the first time social stratification had no value, according to Dutch historian Jan Schulte Nordholt Titles and family connections were much less important in the new country what mattered was what an individual could achieve and accrue in their lifetime Soon one of the fixed stereotypes about America was that everything there was determined by money and everything could be had for a price It may be hard for us in individualistic, democratic, western societies of the 21st century to appreciate how unsettling American independence was These days, we roll our eyes at the Declaration of Independence s contention that all men are created equal and point out that its authors kept slaves But for many 18th century Europeans, the complete rejection of monarchy, aristocracy, and state religion looked like something very dangerous indeed How could authority come from the people, when the people might very well have parochial interests, uneven education, and different ideas about God Many, like Samuel Johnson, thought it ungrateful and unseemly that American colonists protested British laws and taxes, considering that they had benefited from the British crown s protection in disputes with other colonial powers and Native Americans in the New World.Feelings against America were and are in no way limited to British monarchists Even those who admired the United States democratic project came to doubt the value of its people and their products Charles Dickens had hoped to find in America less social stratification than he knew in London Instead, he found nitwits I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States Many have suspected that the immigrants who populated the new country were not the best and the brightest that Europe had to offer, but were instead, as American journalist H L Mencken described them, incompetents who could not get on at home The immigrant mlange of America could not be trusted to bring refined manners, learned culture, or the best English among other languages to the New World.But those who worry about the dclass Americans tend to be those who have the most invested in and the most to gain from the traditions and language that are associated with the British upper classes The anti British establishment United States, its products, and its ideas were popular with the commoners cum working classes of Europe than with those further up the social ladder That hasn t really changed At the close of the 20th century, journalist Alexander Chancellor observed that the British upper class has been generally anti American than the working class because it felt directly affronted by America s assumption of Britain s former role as a world power European distaste for all things American often has an air of befuddled paternalism to it How can a culture exist without a history Those from ancient cultures might look upon the United States as a parent might judge a toddler The tot might be adorable and precocious in saying his ABCs, but he s still just a child We re not going to hang his finger paintings alongside the Mona Lisa His ideas and language are limited by the extent of his tiny experience, and so we don t have to take them too seriously But then reality kicks in that New World upstart is actually an influential player And those words he spouts Are they some kind of stealth weapon against all that is good and true in English From anti Americanism ism to amerilexicophobiaFor shame, Mr Jefferson we will forgive all your attacks, impotent as they are illiberal, upon our national character but for the future, spare O spare, we beseech you, our mother tongue European Magazine and London Review 1797 What crime against English had Thomas Jefferson committed that raised such ire in London literary circles How did he perpetually trample upon the very grammar of our language He had it seems invented the word belittle Jefferson had been incensed by the Count de Buffon s theory that the wildlife and people of the New World including the transplanted Europeans could only ever be inferior in size to those of Eurasia, and so he wrote So far the Count de Buffon has carried this new theory of the tendency of nature to belittle her productions on this side of the Atlantic.The books chief pleasure is a simple one Instead of sending the language to school, it savors a great many words and phrases that are staples on one side of the pond and unfamiliar on the otherher essential argument is that the plurality of English, a result of the riotous drama of history, is something to extol Wall Street Journal The Prodigal Tongue is a delightful and useful book, going beyond the mere variations in the two dialects to explain historical development of the language, the linguistic underpinnings, and the social dimension, all explained conversationally Rather than fret over Englands imagined superiority and Americas imagined inferiority, or repine over divergent developments in English over the past couple of centuries, Lynne Murphy would have us understand how rich and sturdy English is, that we may come to understand and delight in the richness of our differences Buy the book The Balti Sun Thoughtful, funny, and approachableThe books momentum comes from Murphys witty presentation, but its real power comes from its commitment to inquiry and its profound belief that communication involves a million little acts of faith Publishers Weekly Lynne Murphy has a delightfully sardonic style A passionate defense or is it defence of the fantastically flexible medium that is English Kirkus Reviews Murphys delivery is sparkling, her approach mischievous, her material brightened by the unexpecteda potpourri of enchanting, counterintuitive surprises The Prodigal Tongue is playful, funny, smart and often humbling before the apocalypse, you could do worse than read Lynne Murphys delightful book T imes Literary Supplement How did we get our knickers in such a twist The British sneer at creeping Americanisms that are neither creeping nor American Meanwhile, theircousins in the US have an inferiority complex about their English and lust after those plummy British accents EnterLynne Murphy, a linguist who has afoot in each culture and a unique understanding of the Great Divide TheProdigal Tongueis great funimpeccably researched and outright funny at thesame time it should be required reading for Prince Charles, the quintessential sneerer Murphy is one smart cookie, or should I say biscuit Patricia T.O Conner, author of Woe Is Iand, with Stewart Kellerman, Origins of the SpeciousThe war of words waged between Americans and Brits has been filled with dour pedantry on both sideswhich is what makes Murphy s book such a welcome and refreshing revelation Murphy playfully and expertly pokes at the linguistic chauvinism displayed on both sides of the Atlantic, slyly overturning false assumptions and explaining the linguistic ins and outs of each other s speech with candor and humor She pulls back the curtain not just on our language, but our shared quirks, loves, and frustrations, and in the process, extols our linguistic differences as part of the rich history of English and the nations that speak it With wit and expertise, The Prodigal Tongue calls all English speakers home to a language big enough for both fries and chips, bumbershoots and brollies Kory Stamper, author of Word by Word Forget the usual bumbershoots and lifts and lorriesLynne Murphy s book on the difference between English in America and English in England is full of much interesting things Did you know that increasing numbers of Brits are saying haitch instead of aitch for the name of the letter H Or that Americans are using the 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