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British invasion of U.S. copy

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Football_Bat, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    The "hiccup girl" thread touched on this, but I thought it worthy enough to discuss here.

    We talked about "gone missing" and "moving house." I've thought of another phrase from the Fair Isles to pollute our banal Yank-speak.

    "Full-on." As in "with extreme intensity." I blame Taco Bell for the play-on-words "Get Full On Value."

    And, of course, I blame / credit soccer. ;D
  2. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    British-isms don't bother me much as long as the usage is organic. As long as something is concise, easy to understand and fills a void in our vocabulary, I say use it.

    That being said, anyone who says "Lift" for elevator, "flat" for apartment, "called" instead of named or other similar terms should be punched in the face repeatedly.
  3. How about "nil" instead of "nothing"?
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I found another one: "dodgy."

    Meaning questionable.
  5. jfs1000

    jfs1000 Member

    I do like going on holiday instead of vacation though. It seems to me a holiday is more important and festive.

    I hate nil. "He was sent off for dissent just at the end of an exciting nil-nil affair."

  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Bollocks on this thread.
  7. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I go on holidays, you bunch of wankers.

    I use "dodgy" all the time.

    And one of my fav expressions: "Queer as a three bob note"
  8. KG

    KG Active Member

    I like the idea of calling it a holiday too. It does seem more important. Although it makes me think back to the days when I was a nanny and frequently heard The Wiggles singing On Your Holiday. It's too soothing and now I'm sleepy.

    I use nil, but it's usually only when I'm being a smart alec.
  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    The most pissed off and bitter I've ever been in my career has its roots in using an English term. It's way too fucking stupid to post here.
  10. Never mind the bollocks, here's the Leinie's!
  11. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    I have a stringer who has used the word "defence."
    Still not sure if he's using the British spelling or just being sloppy.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Brilliant! Cracking good, mate.
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