Talk about a tempest in a tea pot! Is this National Pedants day?
Does anyone outside Maine use the word or phrase, "Door yard" or "Dooryard"?
My very British wife, English, actually, has some quaint words and phrases, such as, "The back garden". Here,. a garden is a plot of land that is used for growing vegetables. We call it the lawn. Ours is 3/4 of an acre. In England, the garden is a patch of land that can be mowed with scissors!
She has her own way of saying things that amuse me, and I don't want her to "Go native". "She flounced right by me into the bathroom so I couldn't have another go at her"! That broke me up! Sometimes when I write something on the computer, I intentionally stick a "U" in color,or humor just to irritate spell check.
Anyway, Not to put too fine a point on it,American English can use a bit of class from the Mother country, but as long as we can communicate, that's what is important.
Everything evolves, even language. That's not always a good thing.
Is it true that Charles DeGaul insisted that they create a French word for television? I'd hate to have his nerve in a tooth.He planted his ass in England through the war among his allies, then when the war was won, he returned to France like Caesar as if he had won the war single highhandedly.
Anyway, I say, Viva le difference. Let's just stop abusing the language by, for instance, making an adjective (Important) into an adverb, (Importantly).
TV people drive me batty by pronouncing particularly with only 4 syllables, and that fat head on Pawn Stars who still doesn't know the difference between Cavalry, and Calvary.