Jamie Thomson

Thoughts, about stuff

Sometimes I’m proud to be British….

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…but then I read stuff like this and it brings me down to earth with a bump.

I didn’t want a cabinet. I wanted a cab, innit?

It had four wheels and cost a lot of money but, sadly for one impatient teenager, the similarity ended there.

A teenager was greeted by a display cabinet instead of a taxi because her ‘Ali G-style’ slang confused a series of phone operators.

The girl hurriedly dialled directory inq­uiries to book a taxi from her home in London to Bristol airport, using the cockney rhyming slang Joe Baxi.

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Without wanting to sound too much like my dad….why don’t people talk properly these days?

<Sigh…>

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Written by Jamiet

April 29, 2008 at 7:55 pm

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  1. Couldn’t agree with you more Jamie! It’s the same with writing as well. All this text messaging, r u and stuff? I don’t honestly know where its all going, or who is to blame, and Jamie there is nothing wrong in sounding like your Dad.

    Technogran

    April 29, 2008 at 8:39 pm

  2. Hi Jamie,I suppose you know why – languages aren’t static and what drives language changes is communication and the need to innovate and renovate. Just like your English isn’t exactly like Shakespeare’s (and the same for your father’s). I believe that language changes happen much faster these days, because people interact and communicate much more (internet, cellphone), and in many more different ways (texting, twittering, etc.), and because in comparison to say 100 years ago, when people hardly ever left their home town or village and so a dialect was created within a small area, today you have people of many cultures living together, affecting each other, and it changes things… not only language..Anyway, this case is funny… We all know not to speak the same kind of language when we talk to our boss, our mom, our children… this girl had to learn that the hard way…

    Saggi

    April 30, 2008 at 5:54 am


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