Tuesday, July 26, 2011
In case you haven't seen it... here it is... the JSB Read Aloud Edition (just the same only extra gorgeous and big). The size of a picture book!
Zondervan wanted to make it bigger so you can read it to groups and everyone can see the pictures. Or just read it on your lap and enjoy it.
Monday, July 25, 2011
The BBC did an article all about why Americanisms are so irritating (here) and then did a column (here) where people in Britain were invited to write in with their least favorite Americanisms--their pet peeves.
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.
Is "physicality" a real word?
Transportation. What's wrong with Transport?
What kind of word is "gotten"? It makes me shudder.
And words sometimes have multiple meanings!
If you cannot understand metaphorical language, colliding with your keyboard is the least of your worries. A visit to the neurologist may be in order.
By that logic, could "one and a half million" not be 1 + 500,000, or 500,001?
That's enough peeving on peeving. Many of these are truly Americanisms, and many are (to my eye) annoying, too. But so many share one or more of these features:
1) selective hyper-literalism: refusal to understand idioms as such
2) amnesia, or else the " recency illusion": A belief that something quite old is new
3) simple anti-Americanism: the belief that if something is ugly, it must have come from the states
Since Matthew Engel and the Beeb's readers had so little trouble spouting dozens and dozens of "Americanisms" they dislike (the BBC closed comments after 1,295 had arrived), and since such a high proportion seem to be false Americanisms, I propose that this is a common thing, and thus deserves its own count noun. We all know what Americanisms are. From here on, Johnson will refer to false Americanisms used to take a cheap but ill-aimed transatlantic shot as "Anti-Americanisms".