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Bach off Ludwig's van, man!

The van of a classical radio station spotted in California.

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The Britishisms are STILL coming

BBC Magazine’s recent article about the Britishisation of American English prompted readers to respond with examples of their own – here are 30 British words and phrases that they have noticed being used in the US and Canada.

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Lessons in Love

Preparing a last-minute Valentine’s Day love declaration? We’ve got you covered.

Honest and heartfelt:
“I love you.”
“I adore you.”
“I’m totally into you.”
“I love you from the bottom of my heart.”
“You mean so much to me.”
“I’m yours.”
“You complete me.”
“I’m in love with you.”
“There is no other.”
“You’re my ideal man/woman.”

“You’re my Prince Charming.”
“You’re my angel.”
“You’re my princess.”
“You’re incredible.”
“You’re my baby.”
“You’re mine.”
“You’re amazing.”

“We’re perfect for each other.”
“We’re a good match.”
“You can’t deny what’s between us.”
“We’re meant for each other.”
“We complete each other.”

“I’m infatuated with you.”
“You’re my lover.”
“You’re captivating.”
“I’m addicted to you.”
“You’re perfect.”
“I’ve totally fallen for you.”

“I’ve got a thing for you.”
“I have feelings for you.”
“I feel something for you.”
“I’m drawn to you.”
“I think of you as more than a friend.”
“I’ve got a crush on you.”
“I’ve had a crush on you for a long time.”
“I think I’m in love with you.”
“I think you’re the one.”

Light and Casual:
“Love ya!”
“We make a good team.”
“You’re so awesome.”
“I’d like for us to get together.”

“You’ve got what I need.”
“I want you.”
“Let’s get it on.”
“I must have you.”
“You make me burn with desire.”
“I’m burning for you.”
“I need you.”

“I worship you.”
“I’m crazy about you.”
“We’re soul mates.”
“You make me want to be a better man.”
“We were meant to be together.”
“I can’t live without you.”
“You’re my goddess.”
“I can’t bear to be apart from you.”
“I idolize you.”
“You’re my everything.”

Old married couple-ish:
“You’re my sweetie.”
“You’re my sunshine.”
“You’re my other half.”
“You’re my darling.”
“I’m devoted to you.”

Talking about the relationship:
“I want to take this slow.”
“This is more than a crush.”
“I can’t get over you.”
“I’m ready to take it to the next level.”
“I think I wanna have your baby!”

“I’m hooked on you.”
“I’m all about you.”
“I’m down with you.”
“You’re my man.”
“You’re my girl.”

“I’m rather partial to you.”
“You’re not bad.”
“I kinda like you.”
“I’m fond of you.”
“I have a soft spot for you.”

“I’m smitten with you.”
“I yearn for you.”
“You turn me inside out.”
“You’ve put a spell on me.”
“I’m under your spell.”
“My heart calls out for you.”
“You make me feel young again.”

Cold and scientific:
“I’m physically attracted to you.”
“You are the object of my affection.”
“We have a good chemistry.”
“I feel affectionate toward you.”
“I care for you deeply.”

“You’re my best girl.”
“I’m sweet on you.”
“Do you want to go steady?”
“Will you go with me?”
“Roses are red; violets are blue; sugar is sweet, and so are you.”
“I’m enamored with you.”
“I’m mad about you.”
“I hereby declare my love and affection toward you.”



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Faking it

An American attempting to teach English pronunciation of a well-known Swedish name. Note that Americans always put a lilting ‘-en’ or ‘-un’ at the end of English words to make them sound Swedish, just like my father would sometimes add an ‘é’ to the end of English words to make them sound French (e.g. le German Shepard-é).

(note: My Dad was pretty good at French, actually – especially considering the crazy dialect my Mom’s family speaks. He just had moments of forgetfulness that he would compensate for with creativity. I think he hoped that nobody would notice those “creative” moments, but I did.)

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The turn of a new year - a time of renewal and anticipation. ...

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New year soon, new perspectives. ...

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Remember, it's the little things. Merry Christmas, everybody. ...

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