Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples

Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples

Some are useful, while some seem truly unnecessary, argued Matthew Engel in the article. Here are 50 of the most e-mailed.

1. When people ask for something, I often hear: ” Can I get a. ” It infuriates me. It’s not New York. It’s not the 90s. You’re not in Central Perk with the rest of the Friends. Really.” Steve, Rossendale, Lancashire

2. The next time someone tells you something is the ” least worst option”, tell them that their most best option is learning grammar. Mike Ayres, Bodmin, Cornwall

3. The phrase I’ve watched seep into the language (especially with broadcasters) is ” two-time” and ” three-time”. Have the words double, como usar DirtyRoulette triple etc, been totally lost? Grammatically it makes no sense, and is even worse when spoken. My pulse rises every time I hear or see it. Which is not healthy as it’s almost every day now. Argh! D Rochelle, Bath

4. Using 24/7 rather than “24 hours, 7 days a week” or even just plain “all day, every day”. Simon Ball, Worcester

5. The one I can’t stand is ” deplane”, meaning to disembark an aircraft, used in the phrase “you will be able to deplane momentarily”. TykeIntheHague, Den Haag, Holland

6. To ” wait on” instead of “wait for” when you’re not a waiter – once read a friend’s comment about being in a station waiting on a train. For him, the train had yet to arrive – I would have thought rather that it had got stuck at the station with the friend on board. T Balinski, Raglan, New Zealand

12. The word I hate to hear is ” leverage”. Pronounced lev-er-ig rather than lee-ver -ig. It seems to pop up in all aspects of work. Continue reading “Americanisms: 50 of your most noted examples”