Jumper / Sweater

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13 comments on this post.
  1. Vlad2000:

    Aussies use the term Jumper for wollen Winter garment. At least since 1970 or earlier. Then there is always; Thongs, Cordial etc

  2. Bethany:

    An interesting opinion however would just like to point out that ‘American language’ is English, from England and America was found by Britain therefore if there is a ‘normal first language’ it is British.

  3. Lost In Translation?:

    Bethany, you may have been too busy sniffling about the second paragraph to read the first sentence of the third paragraph, where the author mentions that he was ‘just kidding’ about what he had said in the second paragraph.

    Tough to see, as it was the first sentence of the very next thing you would have read after your hissy-fit had subsided.

  4. Andy:

    Hmmmm. Beth, I think you need to study some history after you finish your course in “paying attention 101″. Last time I checked, the British didn’t find anything. They did, however, found a colony or three in North America. A fairly substantial land mass “found” most likely by the Vikings, but certainly found by Columbus.

  5. John:

    Stay away from American history books and you may find the facts. The only sniffling and whining I can see comes from Andy and Lost in Translation??

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  7. Jamie:

    This has to be the weirdest article I’ve ever read? You say that the Brits started changing THEIR words after world war 2 but the word ‘jumper’ came around in the mid 19th century? You also say ‘natural American words’ when the language you speak is English which was being spoken before your country was even founded? Is this just an example of American arrogance?

  8. Susan Knitzilla:

    Kids, kids, KIDS!! Play nice now….don’t make me stop this car, now. Face it, y’all. ..the Brits are still mad at us because they lost in 1776.

  9. Barbra Griffith:

    Here now! Yes we Americans speak English, isn’t that what our textbooks call it? But like all language there is a vast vocabulary there in made up of slang words. Simplified: We make up new words to be different ain’t that right? Y’all stop fussin and play nice now, Bless Your Little Hearts. (and before you get your feathers all ruffled I AM from the South and I DO speak with a Southern Drawl) I do love a British, Aussie, Scottish (Sigh) and Irish “accent” though.

  10. Terry Lingwood:

    ‘normal ie American’? Yeah ok!!!

  11. Alex:

    Barbra Barbra Barbra Now My nose is out of joint do you not love the New Zealand Accent too? ( Single tear sliding down cheek as I type this)

  12. Dean:

    I agree with Beth. You Americans speak the English language that came from.. well.. England. What they originated, is what goes. As America’s always think they are the only country to exist in this world, they think they can go change a language that they inherited.
    Typical America arrogance!

  13. Victoria:

    Dean, my dear,

    I’d like you to travel back in time to the year 1776. The language spoken in both the (UK? England? Great Britain? WHat is the politically correct term nowadays?)and the colonies was, in fact, English. However, likelihood of your understanding much of that spoken language is minimal, because terminology and common phrases have significantly changed since then – both IN the UK and in the US. And in point of fact, the evolution of the language has diverged much more on our side of the pond. Point of reference: http://the-toast.net/2014/03/19/a-linguist-explains-british-accents-of-yore/

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