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From: Maureen <>
Subject: Speaking in tongues
Date: Sat, 06 Dec 1997 14:20:11 +1100
A couple of contributers have asked for an Australian perspective.
I can't speak for Australia, but, this is my input -
When I visit new Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England they,
too, speak a form of English. It differs a little from mine, but, I'm a
foreigner in a foreign country. I'm there to learn and to enjoy the
experience, not to correct or criticize (also to do some Duty Free
I've yet to visit the States or Canada. I'm sure I'll enjoy the
Some of you may not be aware that a common US form of email greeting is
very offensive to Aussie ears. I just wince a little and read the mail.
Also some US visitors here are amazed at an advertisement carried on
billboards, shopfronts and For Sale signs stuck in peoples front yards
by one of our very wealthy and prominent real-estate firms. No they are
not advertising the oldest profession, just offering the house for sale.
The company is called after the man who started it many years ago. We
have our own Aussie slang and we haven't Americanized his name yet.
Most of the subscribers in this forum are foreigners to me. I'm not
going to take offence unless it is intended.
Maureen in Sydney