This delight from Buzzfeed just popped up on my Twitter feed. I realise this was all written in humour (and humourous it is!) but the main thing I took away from this is that there is a certain demographic of (apparently) mainly American people who use the word ‘hate’ for relatively minor and trivial irritations.
'Fromezworth Bentley hates how British people says “schedule”.'
That’s a bit of a strong word there, Fromezworth. I wonder, does the British pronunciation of ‘schedule’ keep you up at night, leaving you frothing with rage? I doubt it.
'dominique. hates how British people say MUM instead of MOM.'
Again, Dominique, I think this is a ‘you say potato’ thing and has in fact never left you quivering with ire.
'rock elle hates how British people spell things. It's so annoying.'
Check yourself Rock Elle, lest you forget who gave you the language that you speak today. If anybody deviated from the ‘normal’ spelling of things, it’s you.
'big booty judy hates when British people say “right” before everything…'
I agree with you there big booty judy - over-repetition of any word is annoying, especially Americans seek affirmation of their statements with ‘y’know?’
'diana gilinsky hates when British people do american accent, because apparently they don't even sound like that…'
You’re right, it’s as if they were almost trying to parody your fruity accents! Whilst I dislike when Americans adopt a British accent worthy of Downton Abbey, I realise that it’s just a parody - I wouldn’t go so far as to hate it.
'Laney Griner hates when British people say how much something costs in pounds like they forgot how to speak American.'
Wow, Laney. Firstly, check your history. Secondly, I could say that I similarly ‘hate’ how Americans weigh everything in pounds when rounding up to stone would suffice, but I don’t.
'Pimparoo hates how British people say there're [sic] English. STFU you are British not a language.'
Erm, what? There is a stark difference between being British and being English. One could be seen as a geopolitical nationality, the other as an ethnic group (y’know, made up from a bunch of other nationalities that all decided, at some point or another to immigrate to the England - much like the Americans…).
I could say I ‘hate’ how most of the American tweeters have a rudimentary grasp of grammar and spelling, but I wouldn’t. That’s because I see it as a particular little folly that makes you you.