1) A Britishism, Adj. The correct, though
often counter-intuitive, spelling of a word in English
that is widely misspelt in the United State’s version of the English
2) A Britishism, Adj. The correct, though
again admittedly counter-intuitive, pronunciation of certain words that are expressed differently
in the States: due to the deviation of evolution in our separate linguistic developments (or lack thereof). Some scholars
believe that certain American dialects are closer
to the original forms
than those currently spoken in England, largely
due to the xenophobic nature of a nation afraid
of change. Other scholars
disagree. Others simply do not care.
3)Briticism, noun. The view taken of Britain
by America, through the distorting lens
of U.S. pop-media in film and television, designed to demonise British people and make them
appear more threatening than they probably are.
It is similar to Said’s theory
of Orientalism, except America has yet to declare war on Britain
, so it doesn’t bother the British nearly as much as Orientalism probably bothers people in the Middle East.
To be fair, the Brits are responsible for an incalculable number of atrocities; we did have
Empire the world
has ever seen after all; now all we have
is a testimony to that fact in the Guinness Book of Records, an incompetent
government, and a healthy dose of national cynicism.
1) Britishism, Briticism: Americans insist on replacing
"s" with "z" at every available opportunity. There are many other examples, this is just
the most annoying.
2) Britishism, Briticism: Lieutenant
is spelt correctly in the U.S. but it’s pronounced “Left-tenant”: L-E-F-T, get it?
3) Briticism: The Patriot was an awful film, also pretty inaccurate; it cast
in a pretty demonic light, when really
both sides did some pretty unpleasant things. You did destroy our tea, and that
is simply not done.
Too many others to list, but we're always the bad guys, it's probably our own fault
for being so horrible
I don't get the paradoxical nature of your notions that
we are "limeys" and the aspersions you cast
on our dental health. The sailors used to suck limes to avoid scurvy which is essentially a horrible
gum disease, is it not? Plus in modern terms, our free dental care system on the NHS beats the hell out of your sinister Insurance system. American
prejudice is surely harming America as much
as it harms the world