[DWJ] Varieties of English was Re: What are you reading?

Roger Burton West roger at firedrake.org
Fri Nov 6 08:43:34 EST 2009


On Thu, Nov 05, 2009 at 10:15:18AM -0700, Otter Perry wrote:

>I find that in some [many?]  cases I don't even notice the difference
>between what I say and what other people say.  I was somewhat surprised
>when some Canadians chuckled about how typically American was my use of
>this expression:  to express the time 10:45, I say 'quarter _of_  
>eleven'.
>They say 'quarter _to_ eleven' or 'quarter _before_ eleven'.  Hmmmm.
>Makes sense, of course -- I just hadn't noticed it.

And just what is "half two" - 1.30 or 2.30?

(It gets worse; according to my small dictionary, in Swedish, fem i halv
tre is 2.25 ("five and a half of three", I guess)).

R



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