I was over at Emma’s blog and she had a funny post on Canadianisms and how “Canadian English is a mixture of both British and American English”. It reminded me of some
arguments conversations in our home over this very topic.
Now, as a disclaimer, I will say at the top that I love the English accent. It is what attracted me to Adrian in the first place. 15 years ago, his accent was much stronger and I was an impressionable little 19 year old. I could listen to him for hours. Of course, I couldn’t understand half of what he said and I’d just nod and say “uh huh”. And then there’s his blue eyes, but – eh hem – I digress.
There are – uh – complications that come with talking to/living with a Brit. Turns out they’re kinda arrogant about their language. (When I say ‘they’ I mean Adrian) They seem to think that they invented it or something and that the way they say stuff IS the only right way. (again, they = Adrian) Well, maybe I’ll give them the inventing part. I don’t know anything about the evolution of the English language but it IS called the ENGLISH language, I guess.
argument side of the calm discussion is that language evolves and changes. For ex., nobody says thee and thou anymore right??
We’ve had several “discussions” on how to say the word “dawn”. Our neighbour and friend is named DON. There is no problem there – we agree on how you say it. “D-o-n” (o as in not). But when it comes to “dawn”, as in the sun rising in the morning, we have a major disagreement. Sometimes friendly, sometimes not so much. I think you pronounce the two words pretty much the same way. He, however, thinks that “dawn” should be pronounced as “d-oe-w-n” (the aw said like o in note and then still adding a ‘w’ sound???).Adrian: You don’t say ‘ahhhhh‘ for ‘aw‘. Me: Yes you dooo!!! It’s certainly not ‘oe‘. How do you say “lawn”? “L-oe-w-n”??? Adrian: Yes!!!! Me: Gimme a break.
And now, conveniently, we’ve become friends with our other neighbour who happens to be…Dawn .Me: Dawn’s here to pick me up for the meeting! Bye! Adrian: You mean, D-oe-w-n? Me: Oh, give it up! <slam>
Don’t be rolling your eyes! This is important stuff. Try teaching your kids to read or spell with him in the room.Me: That’s right, sweetie. (speaking to my child who is writing me a lovely card) It is spelled, M-o-m. Adrian: You mean, m-u-m. Me: Noooo. We’re in Canada. Not England. Herrrre it’s m-O-m. Adrian: You don’t say, mawwwm. Me: Yes..I…DO!!!! Adrian: Well, that’s wrong. You should say, muhm Me: Are you telling me how I should speak now???? Adrian: No, I’m just telling you that you say it wrong. If we hadn’t come over here you Colonials would still be speaking ‘bear’ or something. Me: Ex-cusssse ME???!!! My poor innocent child: Ummm. So how do I spell it??
See? Complications.Note: Events may have been exaggerated for dramatic effect. No, they weren’t. Yes, there were. No. Yes.