Yeah, I can relate to that. My given name is Randall. I lived in Spain
for a while and spent a good bit of time at the British Club in
Barcelona. It took @6 months for anyone to clue me in to why introducing
myself saying "Hi I'm Randy" brought smiles and smirks from my new
John Rumm wrote:
'English', not British, was the language that your founding fathers
brought to your shore. Was it the Mayflower that was one of the first
ships to land and populate that land?
It was you that chose to bastardise it, by ignoring the changes that we
made to it over the years. Hence we talk the same language, but do not
understand each other
Oh, hell, the French, the Spaniards, and the Dutch had been here for years
before the Mayflower. Except for the Dutch, they were here for nearly a
century before the English settlement at Jamestown, for that matter. The
English were come-latelies to North America.
I don't think we have much trouble understanding you. As for the differences
in punctuation and spelling, your source of today's accepted standards is
the same as ours: typesetters of the 17th and 18th centuries. We just had
different typesetters. And we had Noah Webster. <g>
Now Dave, don't get your shorts all knotted up.
The main US language is still English. We both have idioms that the
other does not understand.
We also have a segment that is unintelligible even to us, like you and
your cockney, and that rhyming thing that no one understands.
Besides, you no longer talk like the Pilgrims either. And let's not
mention Beowulf and the Canterbury Tales.
They might as well have been written in German.
When it is important, we speak the same language.
Lets see..as I recall..yall also broght slavery, small pox, syphillis
and broken promises just to name a few...
And you think thats a good thing?
Well..you did give my people "scalping" for which We are forever
Gunner, Native American
Actually that was the Spanish that started all that. By the time the
British arrived small pox, syphilis, and broken promises were well
established. The slavery part the indigenous population had already
figured out on their own.
And the Spanish put an end to that whole human sacrifice thing.
By the time anybody started giving "smallpox infected blankets" to the
Indians the indigenous population had already been decimated. Sad
fact, Native Americans, North and South, had no immunity--it spread
As for bounties on scalps, I'm not sure what your point is. Where the
Spanish arrived it wasn't scalps, it was hearts, and on a production
And how exactly are the English responsible for that?
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