Originally Posted by Bazil
Pete - you know I'm not going to argue with you on that one!!
During the war, my grandmother had a couple of guys from Newcastle staying with her - I think they were working at one of the RAF bases near where she lived. She swore blind that during the time they were there (which was quite a few months) she never understood a single word they said!! :green:
But to be fair - I went to a very old fashioned public school (which for some reason actually means private school!!) so I think I speak English a little better than your average Geordie!! Actually "better" isn't fair - more correctly.
As for the language having changed over the last few years - I think that's true in America too. I'd honestly attribute a lot of the bastardisation of English in England (and I know you'll hate this!! :wink: ) to the appalling standard of English spoken on most American TV shows - of which we see a lot in England.
Yeah, the American networks are appalling when they support what is popular rather than what is correct (but the BBC is no better). I always cringe when someone wants to "axe" me a question. "Can I axe you a question?" "You just did. Would you like to axe me another one?" Can you actually believe that in California they wanted to recognize this getto talk as an official language and teach it in the schools? They call it Ebonics and said that was why the kids weren't doing well in school. They weren't speaking the same language. It was defeated so thank God Ebonics is not recognized as a seperate language. The official language of California is still Spanish. (Mexican Spanish, not the Spanish from Spain.)
As for the fine folks from Newcastle, I used to work in the North Sea and I had a Geordie crane operator. He called down to the control room one day and was like, "blah, blah, blah." I was like, "What?" He said, "blah blah, blah." I was like, "I'm not getting this, say it again." "BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!!" Now he's pissed. I was like, "I'm sorry, you are going to have to come down here and write it on paper. I have no idea what you are trying to say." So he comes down to the control room and starts in about how I'm an idiot because I can't understand English. I just looked at him and said, "Hey, you can understand what I am saying, I can't understand what you are saying. I don't think I'm the problem here."
So Bazil, I'm glad you got a good education and you are able to speak English almost as well as I can. :green: