Comment: English and American

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English and American

I've forgotten which English comic explained it this way (on a talk show in the 70s), but he said that Americans use English to reveal, and the English use English to conceal.

Example: "She doesn't hate mealtimes," vs "She's fat." If an English person said to an actress that her acting was "incredible," it would not be a compliment.

The reason is that America did not have English as its native language for centuries. We had German, French, Gaelic, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and many other languages (including native American languages), as well. So, people had to be simple, to the point, and avoid the subtleties of the English style of speaking (designed to say rude things in the nicest possible way), in favor of words that would be understood by all.

What do you think?