Language Creep

British expressions are creeping into broader use in the States, reports the New York Times. While it may seem odd to Americans, I am sure that Brits would feel there is only justice that the flow of expressions has now become two-way. Languages, like humans, are in constant exchange: commercial, sexual, intellectual.

This star-spangled burst of Anglophonia has “established itself as this linguistic phenomenon that shows no sign of abating,” said Ben Yagoda, a professor of English at the University of Delaware, who last year started “Not One-Off Britishisms,” a repository of such verbal nonnative species, like those above, culled from the American media. “The 21st-century ‘chattering classes’ — which is itself a Britishism — are the most significant perpetrators of this trend,” he added.