McMullin, Elise emcmullin at
Thu Jul 20 10:42:36 EDT 2000

>Why can't the English get German right?

"I'm not English, Britta, I'm Australian, and a lot of English-speakers have
trouble getting *English* right!
i.e. "They was",  "I seen", "the crew were",  "If a child is taught well
they will learn"... etc."

Not to mention that, at least in the u.s., it is a common speech practice to
mutate words - using words in new ways, turning nouns into verbs and so on.
Part of the novelty and spice of it *is* that the word is being used in a
lawless manner, which makes people chuckle.

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