Broken English


A bloke told me that he’s “lucked out” today and then went on to telly me how lucky he was.

When you said you “lucked out” it USED to mean you were unlucky, as in, “ran out of luck”. Now it means the opposite.

It turns out that the Americans have always used the phrase to mean good luck and with American being the dominant culture, we’ve ended up going that way in Britain now. It’s why schedule is getting pronounced “sckedule and why we’ve started to fill forms “out” instead of “in”.

Eventually English will disappear and be completely replaced with American as more and more people swap, I’m sorry, “trade” English words for U.S. ones.

If you think I’m talking rubbish, wait till you call it “garbage” or “trash” and I won’t be. You may not have noticed that you now call the larder, the “pantry” and phones are “busy” instead of “engaged”. Do you still get a “puncture” or has it become a “flat tire”?

It’s only a matter of time before a biscuit becomes a “cookie”, a pack of cards becomes a “deck” and we start spelling colour, honour and labour without a ‘u’.

And don’t play around with aluminium. It’s all fun and games until somebody loses an ‘i’!

Has the English language lucked out? And is that good or bad now? …Oh I give up!

Or do I quit?

Craic on!

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