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What the hell has happened to my fellow Brits? 'Gotten' is a ****ing ghastly word. If this was 1702 I'd say the exact same thing ...
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hJQsvoY6VU

I love this one as well..
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I must admit I didn't even know that "gotten" was not a current British word. I guess I've gotten used to it over the years and it's become a bit of a de facto standard.

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What the hell has happened to my fellow Brits? 'Gotten' is a ****ing ghastly word. If this was 1702 I'd say the exact same thing ...
It's so "ghastly" that I was forced to clutch my perfumed kerchief to my nose to ward off the vapors. Dear me.
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It's so "ghastly" that I was forced to clutch my perfumed kerchief to my nose to ward off the vapors. Dear me.
That's right, you're the one who thinks anyone who doesn't like something American is directing it at you personally. Do carry on. Or grow up, whichever one you wish to choose.
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That's right, you're the one who thinks anyone who doesn't like something American is directing it at you personally. Do carry on. Or grow up, whichever one you wish to choose.
??? It was a joke. You think gotten is silly, I think ghastly is silly. Lighten up a little.
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??? It was a joke. You think gotten is silly, I think ghastly is silly. Lighten up a little.
Meh. You're spoiling my entertainment now by giving up too easily.
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and the like.
The like that irritates me with the US population is the seeming inability to form a conditional sentence and--grammatically related--the failure to shift one tense backwards when expressing a wish.
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What the hell has happened to my fellow Brits? 'Gotten' is a ****ing ghastly word. If this was 1702 I'd say the exact same thing ...
That is one of the American English words I vehemently refuse to embrace.

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It's so "ghastly" that I was forced to clutch my perfumed kerchief to my nose to ward off the vapors. Dear me.
We Brits spell it "vapours", thank you so much. Anyway, what the heck is wrong with ghastly?
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That is one of the American English words I vehemently refuse to embrace.



We Brits spell it "vapours", thank you so much. Anyway, what the heck is wrong with ghastly?
Perhaps I should have gone all Belfast and said "****in' mingin'" instead
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Anyway, what the heck is wrong with ghastly?
Nothings wrong with it, I just thought that finding Americans strange for using "gotten" while at the same time using the word "ghastly" was a bit ironic. If "gotten" makes you sound like a moron in the UK, "ghastly" (in my opinion) makes you sound like a bit of a foppish dandy in the States. "Ghastly" is what the Jeeves says when confronted with a white dinner jacket with bright brass buttons.

Not that Jeeves is a foppish dandy... it's more that... I mean... ah **** it.

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The like that irritates me with the US population is the seeming inability to form a conditional sentence and--grammatically related--the failure to shift one tense backwards when expressing a wish.
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Nothings wrong with it, I just thought that finding Americans strange for using "gotten" while at the same time using the word "ghastly" was a bit ironic. If "gotten" makes you sound like a moron in the UK, "ghastly" (in my opinion) makes you sound like a bit of a foppish dandy in the States. "Ghastly" is what the Jeeves says when confronted with a white dinner jacket with bright brass buttons.
Geography is not part of the equation - one sounds like a twat for saying "gotten" anywhere in the world. Furthermore, there are worse people to sound like than Stephen Fry, to be perfectly honest. He, for example, knows how to use an apostrophe for a start ...
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Geography is not part of the equation - one sounds like a twat for saying "gotten" anywhere in the world.
I may sound like a ghastly, beastly brute for saying so but... "says you"!

Furthermore, there are worse people to sound like than Stephen Fry, to be perfectly honest. He, for example, knows how to use an apostrophe for a start ...
Yeah but then you sound like Stephen Fry shooting a magnum in that special he did: "My word!"

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I may sound like a ghastly, beastly brute for saying so but... "says you"!
No, you sound like a big girl.

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Yeah but then you sound like Stephen Fry shooting a magnum in that special he did: "My word!"
Being that I own a penis, I don't place much significance on the shooting of guns, magnums or otherwise.

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Also, we don' need no steenkin' high commas round these parts.
*sigh*

You should hook up with willmore, the two of you'd get on like a house on fire ...
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