Friday, July 06, 2007

GB + MB on BBC

Grant and I had a great time last night on the BBC program "Up All Night." We spent an hour talking with the host, Dotun Adebayo, and author/broadcaster/indefatigable polymath Graeme Donald, about the differences between American and British English.

They don't archive their shows online for more than a week, but for now you can hear all the good-natured sparring here about our respective Englishes here.

UPDATE: Grant has been kind enough to post it as a much-easier-to-reach MP3 here, so hooray.


Blogger Timber Beast said...


A New England blue nose is a fish, isn't it?

11:43 AM  
Blogger Marc Naimark said...

Oh dear. Next time, you should get on a show good enough to earn a daytime slot. At least this show proved the superiority of you and Grant as hosts, and even the worst of your callers as guests.

I regretted that you didn't fight back more against the BS they were all spouting. Maybe point out that the UK alone has more strange accents and odd pronunciations than anything you'll find in the US? Or ask that caller if his wife's wedding ring is made of "platinium".

12:01 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I'm not up on my New England fishes, but that sounds like a possibility, Timber Beast.

And Marc -- now, now! I really enjoyed the host and the guests (which is better than saying that I enjoyed the "gusts," which I originally typed by mistake). If memory serves, the metal was originally called "aluminium" -- was it Sir Humphry Davy who coined that term?

4:42 PM  

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