I found this article in The New York Times to be hilarious. And, I’m totally guilting of using words that I picked up while living in Scotland…although I resisted the accent because I always thought it odd when native born Americans started sounding English. But words like “shattered” are just so much more effective for letting some one know you’re really tired. And the phrase “good enough” is particularly useful when you’re discussing a controversial topic and want to give a bit of ground but not completely concede your point. “Interesting” has become my go-to word when I’m no longer really interested in what a person is saying and “lovely” is just simply one of those words that I find endearing. So, yes, I’m guilty…are you? Here’s another link to the article “Americans are Barmy over Britishisms“.

Illustration by Alex McCauley for The New York Times

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Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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8 Responses to Guilty…

  1. Melissa says:

    I DO love “Britishisms” like “bloody fool”, and I do adore the word “lovely”. Maybe it is because I loved my two trips to the UK and enjoyed the people so much. Britishisms add such depth to a conversation!! Usually use “bloody fool” when some driver cuts me off or does something stupid. I am way over using the word “interesting”. I have a friend that always says he will ” take it under advisement” when he is trying to be nice but really means no way Jose!! Ha!! Thanks for the fun article!

  2. I’m guilty of using “whinging,” “lovely,” and saying “lit-trally,” instead of “litter-ally!”


  3. redjim99 says:

    Being British, it’s nice to see these things going in your direction. We normally collect Americanisms so have fun with the “English Language” . One of its greatest strengths has always been fluidity,



    • Rebecca says:

      Thank you Jim! The Brits have staged many cultural invasions and I think we’re the better for it! Downton Abbey is huge over here right now.

  4. Becky says:

    Totally guilty, but I think we have a good excuse. We did need to learn a new vocabulary so as not to sound like tourists and now it’s stuck! After all, do we really want to go back to saying ‘awesome’ and wearing ‘trainers’ 24/7? Nae!

    • Rebecca says:

      You’re right. I think we do have a valid excuse. And no, I don’t want to give up my morphed language. It’s so much more fun to go for “a coffee.”

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