Words to make us sound British

I’ve been thinking about word choice lately.  Here’s a few.

Horrid instead of horrible

Rubbish instead of trash or garbage.

Dropping indefinite articles.  Such as when you go to hospital.

Abbreviate everything.


What I find ironic about this is how I have been watching Good Behavior on Hulu.  Michelle Dockery (from Downton Abbey) is yet another Brit who just kills it with an American accent. Among other actors to do this are Hugh Laurie, Damien Lewis, Kate Winslet, Gary Oldman, Juno Temple, Emily Blunt, and Ruth Wilson.  It’s hard to go the other way.  Americans often try it and fail horridly.  Personally, I am biased and feel that the reason for this is because Americans speak in the accent in which the language was intended to be spoken.

If you don’t believe me, listen to how songs are sung.  American accent.  Boom.

But if you want to sound a little smarter, you’ll add an extra syllable to the word “aluminum”.  Or, I guess if you want to be a Roman, you’ll switch to a British accent for some unknown reason.

All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?