English usage in America

Well, there goes my theory. Unless the superpower is genetic, and originated at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

In England you sometimes cannot only define a place but even a person by one's dialect, e.g. I think most people of my generation when hearing "Oi'll give it foive!" instantly know where and who ;)


no no no..sorry..pony is not rhyming's slang for 25 quid,me old china.

Oh I thought I had already partly concceeded that point earlier.
However as you seem to wish to press the point

The most widely recognised Cockney rhyming slang terms for money include ‘pony’ which is £25, a ‘ton’ is £100 and a ‘monkey’, which equals £500.
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How can this possibly be challenged as it is on offer from both Twitter AND Facebook ;)
Awright my son, job done

The difference in accents in the UK is pretty crazy. I met someone from Sunderland once & I honestly thought he was speaking another language. I just smiled & nodded my way through a brief exchange and left having no idea what he was talking about.

I agree those northeners are difficult to understand.
One other thing I noticed is that when I meet another Yorkie we immediately go into a stronger local dialect
For example,
I was in the supermarket recently and had occasion to speak to another shopper. He then asked me where in Yorkshire I was from. I rerplied "A port city called Hull" Oh, I'm from North Ferriby he replied. Oh, the posh side of town said I. No no he replied, my Mum was from Hessle Road. So working class roots being proven we went on to have a good natter.

Similar in the states. I'm from California, and can try to pick out various accents, some quite distinct.. I'm thinking Boston, Brooklyn, the South, of course, out west though... No accents. There's some crazy town in California, in the gold country, where for some reason there's a distinct but archaic language.. Only a few still speak it...

As native german speaker I'm interested in further remarks from other countries, like Jamaika. New Zealand, Australia, ... Thanks for opening this topic!

Interesting about the archaic language. Is there an example on Utube? I would like to hear it if so.
When I was up on the Isle of Skye in the 1960s there were said to be a few old people who only spoke Gallic on the smaller islands.
I also heard when I was in Paris that there were some old ladies living on the islands in the center of Paris who still talked about going into Paris if they left the Islands.
Of course NC was settled in the 17th c and so some older modes of speech still persist. Skillet for frying-pan is one example. And America never really went metric so fruit is still sold in pecks and wood sold in cords. These are all words I knew in England but had never used.

Ah also interesting. We will see how things develop.
A music hall Joke...1st Man " I say I say I say, my wife is going to the West Indies". 2nd Man, Oh yes? Jamaica? 1st Man, " No she wanted to go.