“Turn that off already“. Oh dear said Darren in Munich.
Turn that off already Turn that off already!
So, turn that off already meaning turn that off now, turn it off immediately. But already, no we don’t use it with now, do we? We use it with – like present perfect ‘I’ve already turned it off.’ But this is like with the imparative: Turn it off already! You can’t – grammatically it doesn’t work. You can’t say turn that off already. Just turn it off now, turn it off immediately.
Grammar Man says:
You may have a point!
So he kind of agrees with me basically.
And number 50
The last one and this is from Jonathan in Birmingham and I’m gonna do aBirminghamian accent for this one. . .
“I could care less” instead of “I couldn’t care less” has to be the worst. Opposite meaning of what they’re trying to say.
So I could care less instead of I couldn’t care less
Yeah, okay – it’s actually the opposite of what they are trying to say.
I couldn’t care less means I don’t care at all. But if you say: I could care less it means I could care less than what I care about now. So
Grammar Man says: You are without a doubt right. This is the second Americanism worthy of your scorn. As you point out, it means the opposite of what it is intended to mean.
Okay so final words from Grammar Man:
We Americans appreciate the language you Brits gave us. We only wish you would appreciate the improvements we’ve made since then.
Haa very good Grammar Man. So he is saying that these language changes are improvements.
Well, some of them are - some of them might not be, but they are all just parts of the way in which English changes and there are two and more than two – many more nuances than things in the language but generally speaking you may say there are sort of two versions of English - American English and British English. You also get things like South African English, Australian English, New Zealand English and other types of English but American English is the most dominant than also British English too. They are just different. You as a learner of English just have to be aware of the differences. But the main thing I would say is just try, make sure it stays grammatically correct and make sure it’s clear and efficient and functional.
That’s it, I think from this episode of the podcast. Look forward to more episodes soon. In fact I hope to do a follow-up episode to this one which will all be about Britishisms. Those are British bits of language which are invading American English and it’s quite interesting to note the differences. So for example in the UK people basically are a bit hositle towards Americanisms.They hate them. They think they are ugly and wrong and a disgrace whereas in America they look at Britishisms and they see them as being quite cool, quite trendy, quite cute. I suppose it’s because British English poses less of a thread to American English or maybe it’s because Americans are a little bit more open-minded about influence on their language.
to pose threat:Gefahr darstellen
Okay, that’s it from this episode. Thank you very very much for listening. If you managed to listen all way to the end then well done. You should just have a cake or a biscuit or something as a way of congratulating yourself – yourself or just – congratulating yourselves or congratulation yourself.