The BBC News Magazine recently posted an article about “Americanisms” creeping into the English (meaning English in this case).

That article brought many responses, as British readers shared their pet peeves about the language as spoken by Americans.

Some are just examples of bad grammar.

  • The next time someone tells you something is the “least worst option”, tell them that their most best option is learning grammar. Mike Ayres, Bodmin, Cornwall
  • I am increasingly hearing the phrase “that’ll learn you” – when the English (and more correct) version was always “that’ll teach you”. What a ridiculous phrase! Tabitha, London
  • I really hate the phrase: “Where’s it at?” This is not more efficient or informative than “where is it?” It just sounds grotesque and is immensely irritating. Adam, London

While others are purely cultural differences.

  • I caught myself saying “shopping cart” instead of shopping trolley today and was thoroughly disgusted with myself. I’ve never lived nor been to the US either. Graham Nicholson, Glasgow
  • Take-out rather than takeaway! Simon Ball, Worcester
  • I’m a Brit living in New York. The one that always gets me is the American need to use the word bi-weekly when fortnightly would suffice just fine. Ami Grewal, New York
  • Surely the most irritating is: “You do the Math.” Math? It’s MATHS. Michael Zealey, London

And a couple are just inexplicable.

  • “A half hour” instead of “half an hour”. EJB, Devon
  • My brother now uses the term “season” for a TV series. Hideous. D Henderson, Edinburgh

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50 Disliked Americanisms