Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:08 AM
We in the UK get enough of your culture rammed down our throats and are aware of the butchery to our language enough to know the differences. Ha ha, nah just kidding, I am aware that language must constantly evolve for people to, and that Anglo-Saxons would consider modern UK English as a butchery of thier language.
Thier is enough American culture in most places to not think it strange to hear "steal a garbage truck" or "tomayto". The only American term that refuses to stay in my brain no matter how many times I hear it and figure it out - it is gone next time I read it or hear it, and that is in telling the time when you say quarter OF 2 etc. We never say the word OF, we say quarter PAST (12.15) or quarter TO (12.45).
Naturally, Us English do get annoyed with one or two changes to pronunciation, most commonly Alluminum instead of Alluminium (as in most other soft metals: CalcIUM, SodIUM, MagnesIUM etc.), and Jagwar instaed of Jag-you-ar.
Whislt there is a small debate on British V American Comedy, I must wade in and defend my country. English comedy shows are on a whole other level. Sure, every now and then you get an American comedy that gets it right (Cheers, Friends, Family Guy, Early Simpsons etc) but we get Comedy Central and some of the trash on that is appauling. Mike & Molly, Whitney, 2 & a half men, The US office - I HATED the UK version of the office even more than I HATE Ricky Gervais, but the US version, I would rather have a labotomy than watch that.
In terms of Comedians, there are a few really funny American/Canadian comedians, Rich Hall is my favourite.