has our vernacular gone pear-shaped?
Apparently us Americans are over-using Britishisms because of Harry Potter and Downton Abby. Okay there’s a bit more to the article than that, it’s worth the read.
I am definitely guilty of saying “cheers” instead of thanks (but I AM able to do it laconically, as the article recommends), but I don’t believe things are as bad as this guy thinks:
But borrowing from the Mother Tongue can be a slippery slope into absurdity, said David Coggins, a writer who lives in the West Village. “You find yourself calling your friends ‘lads,’ which is generally accepted,” said Mr. Coggins, 36. “The next thing you know, you’re calling them ‘chaps,’ which they might loosely tolerate. And then you say ‘tallyho’ and you’re greeted with a blank stare.”
Chill, dudes. We are still hella into our own words.