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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Divided by a common language

You may be aware that Australia is playing host to the Obamessiah at the moment, and I probably wouldn't bother blog about it unless his car got stuck again apart from the fact that the leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott, has brought up the difference between the various flavours of English. Strine being mostly closer to English English than American English this is one I can understand.
Mr Abbott also talked about linguistic mix-ups, recounting his first visit to the US as an MP where a briefing that described him as a "ferocious liberal'' and "deeply anti-republican'' meant he spent a fortnight being introduced to communists.
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