I was pondering recently all of the variations on English that exist; you have British English, American, Irish, other. For me, even as an American, I have always used British English, for me it just seems 'proper.' However it is amazing how many people do not understand such variations. For example:
Aye: Simply it means yes.
Bullocks: What a versatile word... means 'nuts'
Sod's Law: Murphy's Law... except it doesn't imply there was ever a guy named Murphy who was unlucky...
Words with a u in them.....
These are just a few of the variations.
However, what version do you use? Do you like your neighbors or your neighbours? Do you perform favors or favours?
As a UK person, British English is what I use, but its not that one flavour is more correct than the other, its just regional variation, my only true gripe is that thru is not an acceptable spelling for through.
Oh true, I am not claiming that one variant is more correct than another; when I said proper, I just meant that it sounds 'right' but not necessarily that it is 'right'... if that makes sense...
I come by my Commonwealth accent almost honestly.
But I despise affectation.
Despite my screen name, I agree with Rebekah.
Besides, even in writing, my affectation couldn't be so complete as to be convincing.
As an American living in America I have no idea why I wouldn't use American English. As far as I'm concerned, using British English if you're neither in Britain or from Britain makes you seem like a tosser. (See what I did there?)
The Queens English thank you very much !!!!
American... even though I'm neither British or North American. As English is my second language, the American variation seems a lot easier (except when people use too many slang words).
Bullocks are young cows. Bollocks are testicles as in the schoolyard variant of the well known nursery rhyme:
Mary had a little lamb
full of fleece and frolicks
it tripped over a garden rake
and landed on its bollocks!
Depends who I am talking to. In work and with my children I use completely proper English, with a slight Liverpool accent. With my mates in the pub with my friends my accent is a whole lot stronger, I use Scouse words and grammar too!
It annoys me to see words like "jewellery" spelt as "jewelry."