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The Prodigal Tongue: The Love-Hate Relationship Between American and British English
By Lynne Murphy
- British newspapers and magazines often hold America responsible for the decline of the English language.
- Many Britons suffer from amerilexicophobia—the pathological fear of American English.
- Fear of American English has led to hypersensitivity and irrationality among the Brits.
- Americans have a verbal inferiority complex to match Britain’s verbal superiority complex.
- The British no more invented the English language than sports fans win football matches.
- British accents don’t signal the intelligence or sex appeal that they used to.
- In a globalized world, quibbling over “proper English” is pretty absurd.