I have to say I totally agree with our British friends about turkey. Or at least, I used to agree since I haven't eaten meat aside from fish since 2005. But I think I know what happened with that one. The wild turkeys of North America, the one Benjamin Franklin wanted as our national bird and which I have also eaten (my brother in law and nephew hunt them) IS tasty, far better and juicier than the tamed cardboard. The tame turkeys have been bread for large breasts to the point the poor things can hardly waddle, much less fly as the wild ones can, and most of the taste has gone along with the darker muscle fiber. Somehow, Americans intent on getting more breast meat (er, "white meat" on this side of the Atlantic) never noticed they lost the taste along the way.
OK Roger, did you happen to find any "articles" of Americans complaining about Brits use of words? I bet they are less common because we just don't care how others spell color, organization, etc.....
Our collective diversity is our greatest strength! Words from the different regions, states, countries can become mainstreamed and I am proud! Why do I sometimes get the feeling that others are defensive on how things evolved?
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Now, just the what each says and what they really mean to clarify for the other. You're right, for the most part we don't care. We don't care not only when we shouldn't, as in when it's a different local use, nor when we probably should, like the outright abuse of the common apostrophe, the new spelling of "thru" and other such abominations. Well, I guess I'm not quite as unbothered as some some about such things after all.
Haaaa "thru". Guilty of that but as one who does computer programming, I probably have a inherent respect for jargon because we sometimes are limited by character length. I use "thru" all the time when programming, and wouldn't bat an eye using it as a value in a programming sequence (eg thru_dt). My team would never judge, as semantics just slow us down when the meaning is clear...
Back to the OP Clive, I love when you start up a thread that gets us all going! Nothing better than Blanksy showing up too!