Education Language

Adopting a more global English

February 12, 2010
ENGLISH on world map

Photo by Sean K/

Communication often trumps regional language usage

Within days of moving from my small hometown to university I became aware, for the first time in fact, that in the view of others I possessed an accent. It’d also never occurred to me that some of the expressions I’d grown up using didn’t translate across the region’s borders (much less across the Atlantic Ocean). My friends from farther north or west began to joke about my quaint Southern expressions like “Bless your heart,” “Goodness gracious,” or “For crying out loud.” I laughed along with them, but I also realized that as my world became larger, my language might need to adjust as well.

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