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Mac rumours in British English (EN-UK)?

wordsworth

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Apr 7, 2011
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Personally, I wouldn't like to see this forum loose its colourful (colorful) 'native US' character, otherwise I could care less. You better believe it.

(Just teasing. No flames, please.)

The OP's request is a little like someone I don't know very well being invited round to my house, and then stating that I can't make a cup of tea properly and that they want to make it next time.

Well, maybe not, but speaking as a Brit, living in the UK, I don't expect to find British English on a US website but rather the American variant. I do, however, when it's a UK-based site or publication but then many Brits are increasingly adopting US spellings and expressions – the former partly due to US computer spellcheck software, and the latter partly due to the effects of mass culture… incessant superhero films (or 'movies' if you prefer), popular TV shows and now, of course, YouTube and the Internet more generally.

These days, when I ask someone how they are, I'll often get the reply, "I'm good," rather than the previously somewhat standard British polite response, "I'm fine, thanks; how are you?" With the former response I sometimes tease the respondent by replying, "No, I didn't ask if you were well behaved or virtuous. I enquired after your health." (What can I say? I'm a party animal.)

But that's just me. I work with words for a living so I care more than some. Yet, OP, I'm curious. Why would you prefer or even expect British English to be used prevalently on this site?
 
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wellander1

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Apr 30, 2019
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Personally, I wouldn't like to see this forum loose its colourful (colorful) 'native US' character, otherwise I could care less. You better believe it.

(Just teasing. No flames, please.)

The OP's request is a little like someone I don't know very well being invited round to my house, and then stating that I can't make a cup of tea properly and that they want to make it next time.

Well, maybe not, but speaking as a Brit, living in the UK, I don't expect to find British English on a US website but rather the American variant. I do, however, when it's a UK-based site or publication but then many Brits are increasingly adopting US spellings and expressions – the former partly due to US computer spellcheck software, and the latter partly due to the effects of mass culture… incessant superhero films (or 'movies' if you prefer), popular TV shows and now, of course, YouTube and the Internet more generally.

These days, when I ask someone how they are, I'll often get the reply, "I'm good," rather than the previously somewhat standard British polite response, "I'm fine, thanks; how are you?" With the former response I sometimes tease the respondent by replying, "No, I didn't ask if you were well behaved or virtuous. I enquired after your health." (What can I say? I'm a party animal.)

But that's just me. I work with words for a living so I care more than some. Yet, OP, I'm curious. Why would you prefer or even expect British English to be used prevalently on this site?

Because it is the English used by all other English speaking countries.
 
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wellander1

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So, you want an American based website, based on an American company with an overwhelming majority of it's users being American, to adopt a British English format?
I did not realise that most of the users are in the US. I thought that Apple had more users in other countries so this site will get more visitors from other english speaking countries.
 
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wordsworth

macrumors regular
Apr 7, 2011
183
87
UK
I did not realise that most of the users are in the US. I thought that Apple had more users in other countries so this site will get more visitors from other english speaking countries.

It's generally the case that where the communications platform (newspaper, magazine, book, website, blog, MacRumors etc) is based governs what language is used in its communications; ie the language spoken natively by that location's population. In this instance, MacRumors is based in America and so American English would be the expected and appropriate linguistic form used.

However, you (presumably, judging from your original post) and me (I am based in the UK and am British) are not expected to adopt American English to participate on this site (unless we were formally contributing to MacRumors in the manner of maflynn, staff member, rather than merely posting comments, in which case we would have to conform with American English usage, I imagine).

I take it you yourself are not an American? How would it benefit you to have MacRumors adopt British English? Are you learning English currently? DIfference can be irritating or bemusing (burglarized rather than burgled?) but as the French might say: vive la difference!
 
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wellander1

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It's generally the case that where the communications platform (newspaper, magazine, book, website, blog, MacRumors etc) is based governs what language is used in its communications; ie the language spoken natively by that location's population. In this instance, MacRumors is based in America and so American English would be the expected and appropriate linguistic form used.

However, you (presumably, judging from your original post) and me (I am based in the UK and am British) are not expected to adopt American English to participate on this site (unless we were formally contributing to MacRumors in the manner of maflynn, staff member, rather than merely posting comments, in which case we would have to conform with American English usage, I imagine).

I take it you yourself are not an American? How would it benefit you to have MacRumors adopt British English? Are you learning English currently? DIfference can be irritating or bemusing (burglarized rather than burgled?) but as the French might say: vive la difference!
I am an American. Words will be spelled like I spell them. I know English.
 
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nouveau_redneck

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So, you want an American based website, based on an American company with an overwhelming majority of it's users being American, to adopt a British English format?

Not to mention that 64% of the native English speakers in the world are in the US. The remaining, divided amongst all the other English countries combined.
 
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killhippie

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Ah think wi should hev a specific dialect leik Geordie fre instance, then American users might stort believing tha wi divvent aal soond leik Javis. AngerDanger can gan an wait fre his Pig Latin as Geordie as a dialect is so universal Ah mean everyone knows tha
 
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killhippie

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They dee , Geordies love aal iPhones an iPads an iMacs an stuff but they also love a canny good neet bosting aboot thor iOS tee , fowk fowk always forget tha .
 
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DeltaMac

macrumors G4
Jul 30, 2003
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hmm..
I had no such "may problems"

I have only admiration for those who want to take on other languages.
It's just a hobby for me, as I enjoy learning songs that I can sing in other languages, such as german and mandarin, currently.

Good luck!
 
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