Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Australian Disease

London, UK

What's your solution to the problem which has been thrust upon us from Australia? Would you agree that Correct Usage of English lessons for our friends who visit us from downunder?

5 comments:

Meg said...

LOL! Do we really do that? (yes that was a question);)

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Yes, and it's extremely annoying. The Americans do it as well.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

This from Alan Caruba:

In a message dated 1/24/2009 6:24:30 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, jeremy@jeremyjacobs.com writes:
Just CTRL & click here: Australian Chatter

An amusing send-up of the Australian manner of speaking.

I can understand Aussies most of the time, but some are incomprehensible. I could say the same of some English lower-class accents. I have watched some British dramas with sub-titles in order to understand what was being said! Americans have a similar problem, of course. This is especially true of lower-class Black Americans who swallow their words or speak so nasally that it is impossible to understand them. So to answer your question, yes, there are accents and manners of speaking that are incomprehensible to highly educated, snooty folks like us.
AC

Colin Campbell said...

Piss Off Mate and go back to your toffy chats.

We Aussies will be continuing the discussion around the barbie for Australia Day. :)

Did you have any haggis with your Scottish cousins? And talking of tonal languages. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you too.

Have a beaut one mate.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Thank you for your contribution Mr Campbell