Firstly, a response to the lead article in our last issue:
Dear Mr Smith,
Michael Haugh writes in the December issue of Australian Style: “Unless we all want to start speaking like Americans…”. Is it to late? Consider the words we’ve lost and borrowed – “Biscuits” have gone, they’re “cookies” now. So anyone for a glass of “warder” at a “sidewalk” cafe? Bring a “flashlight” and we’ll go up in the “elevator” and join the “guys” to look at the “pitchers” in the Gallery.
How sad to lose our own language.
And two rather different reactions to having Australian Style available online:
I just wanted to drop you a line...
Now that Australian Style is only available online, I find I no longer read
it. When it was a print version, it would sit on my desk, and I would pick
it up several times, flick through it, and over a period of time read just
about every word.
Now that it is online, I 'mean' to read it...instead, I end up deleting the
notification email after a couple of weeks, or go the website and scan the
front page for about 10 seconds.
What is interesting is that I do so much of reading online. I think that the
sheer volume is crowding things like Australian Style out of my headspace...
Anyway, I just thought you would like to know how my reading habits have
Wonderful! Australian style to read – and not only that but I can ‘click here’ and go back to the previous issue of that segment.
I’ll be emailing all my grandchildren tonight - with seven or eight at uni we often have fun with words – I send them the best from World Wide Words but Australian Style as an email will be more fun.
My particular language beef at the moment is the almost total loss of “who” – it’s the people that…; the girl that…; the baby that… – am I rooly gunna hafta get usta that too?
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