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.