John Cowan cowan at
Mon Aug 27 14:53:16 CEST 2007

Caoimhin O Donnaile scripsit:

> I reckon that the main use of the tags en-GB and en-US is for the
> written language, to distinguish British spelling (colour, neighbour,
> centre) from US spelling (color, neighbor, center), and that they
> would not form a good basis for spoken language categorisation.
> The difference between Scottish Standard English pronunciation and
> South of England pronunciation is probably as great as trans-Atlantic
> differences.

Pronunciation, fair enough; vocabulary and idiom, definitely not.  That
two hundred years of political (and 5,000 km of physical) separation
has made a huge difference.  I like to say that you don't understand
North American English unless you know both the meaning and the
implicatures of "Johnny went to the bathroom in his pants."

John Cowan  cowan at
The penguin geeks is happy / As under the waves they lark
The closed-source geeks ain't happy / They sad cause they in the dark
But geeks in the dark is lucky / They in for a worser treat
One day when the Borg go belly-up / Guess who wind up on the street.

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