Ahem, for those who want to write, what is called by many as "Brit-speak" may I bring a few things to your attention. Sorry, but seriously, we English/Irish/Welsh/Northern/Southern etc etc are extremely proud and arrogant. We had it when you steal our language and fuck it up (see my point, we have a complex) so please, please, please take these points into consideration. I'm talking specifically to those on my flist who write HP, Torchwood and Claude (and occasionally Mohinder) in heroes.
1) We don't say candy. If you say candy, you will get the piss ripped out of you. The correct Brit term is "Sweets"
2) It’s not a teeter-totter or a jungle gym. It is a Seesaw and a climbing frame
3) we have Candyfloss, not cotton candy.
4) It’s a jumper, not a sweater.
5) Contrary to popular belief, we do not call everyone "mate", every five seconds. Even if you're a Northerner.
6) Its not a purse, its a HANDBAG. A purse is the female equivalent of a wallet.
7) We do not have cell phones, we have mobiles.
8) It’s a Lift, not an elevator.
9) We tend to say Flat instead of apartment. That’s not a solid rule, just we very rarely say apartment.
10) Fringe, not bangs. Though if anyone could enlighten me to where the term “bangs” comes from I’d be extremely grateful.
Sorry to be anal. But when I’m reading (I hate to say it) specifically American writers. Who write for the English/Welsh, it really throws me when they say something out of the blue that makes you go “WTF, people don’t say that!?” I think its just people don’t realise how proud we can be. Even the English who have lived in the states for ten years, very rarely change their speech.
So I throw my self out there, if you want some one to check over your speech, just drop us a comment somewhere, anywhere, I’d be more than happy to help. It’s just a bad “Accent” can really, really throw people off a fic.
Remy/Gambit anyone? Ahhh now some of you will know what I mean!
P.s in case you haven’t guessed, I am having a royally bad day. So no offence was meant at all, this is just a pet peeve making a return to the surface.