“My Bad”: Your Bad What? English?

Awww, what would we do without the BBC? Or the Queen for that matter! In an article from bbcamerica.com, Ruth Margolis penned a piece called “10 Common American Expressions That Baffle Brits.” Ha ha ha.


Why can’t everyone in the English-speaking world be more like us Canucks, the bisexuals of the English language? We get you, Lance. Pat Pennelegion, you’re spot on. As good-natured, warm-hearted people, we Canadians swing both ways, both shores of the Atlantic, and all without batting an eyelash.

Aside from the title to this post, my favourite Americanism has to be “You do the math.” First of all, I have a soft spot for the phrase. I mean, really, why is it okay to “dot your i’s and cross your t’s,” but not “do the math”? Secondly, I disagree with Ms. Margolis about the pluralization of “maths.” It’s math or mathematics. Choose your pick or pick your choose. Every time I hear someone say “maths,” I want to respond, “Hmm, that’s an interesting point you raise, Ridgewell, but I don’t think mathematic backs that up.” Ha ha ha.



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