Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Two Countries separated by a Common Language

To any American journalists lurking around here, please take note:

There is no such thing as the “London Subway”. It’s called the “London Underground” or, to the 8 million Londoners who live in this fair city, it’s “The Tube”. Don’t try and bend our language to fit your lazy journalistic standards.

4 comments:

Bert said...

Pedant

AKA said...

And proud of it

DG said...

You wait in a que, we stand in line.
Your news reports that people went to hospital, our news reports that people went to the hospital.

You hire a car, we rent a car (you hire labor, you rent things. . . aka you rent a car and drive it yourself, you hire a taxi.)

The London Underground or tube is the subway of London, as subway refers to an underground train system.

I read something once about two countries seperated by a common language. For the most part we are able to commnicate, but we have to stop and translate from time to time.

I spent 11 weeks looking for a job once, it was no fun, I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Then I took a job working for a crazed Austrailian. I should have looked longer. Good Luck!

DG (friend of Bert)

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