I need to do this. :)
The following are the top three British/English words that really bug me. :) I still love you mUm. You are my favorite British/English/Canadian person.
Loads, Tidy, Bits.
Loads: Loads should be used for when you do a LOAD of laundry or when you are taking a LOAD of trash to the dump. LOADS does not mean "lots". You have lots of candy. You do not have "loads of candy".
Tidy: Apparently some people believe that to clean your room means to sanitize the walls and scrub the floor with soap and that to TIDY your room means to straighten things up and make it organized. TIDY reminds me of underwear because of "tighty whities"... Tidy is the most ridiculous sounding word EVER.
Bits: Just say pieces!! The toy has some small pieces. NOT. The toy has some small BITS. Bits are for Bacon Bits... which are yummy and do not involve any bacon. Other than that, BITS shouldn't even be a word.
Luckily my children, despite all the British propaganda they have from school, have only started saying one of these three evil words - "loads". Although after reading this I'm fairly confident that Michaela will fit the words bits and tidy into every other sentence for me. :)
The girls do call candy - sweets, and Sierra asks to use the toilet instead of the bathroom or restroom. (Toilet sounds rude, sorry - I don't know why.)
Oh - Maths. It's not mathS; it's just math. One subject - Math. No S.
It's candy, not sweets.
It's cookies, not biscuits.
You get angry, not cross.
Trash goes to the dump, not the tip.
It's a big truck, not lorry.
Garbage can, not bin.
You get a hug, not a cuddle.
Then there are weird ones. mUm plays "Guess the British word" with me. I missed "flannel" and "chesterfield" last time. Can't remember the others... :)
It's just those three words that make me cringe. I can deal with the others. I wonder if English parents are annoyed that their kids say American words?
I will go tidy up the loads of toy bits on the floor now.
BUT - I do say the word proper now. Although I consciously think "Why did I just say proper, it sounds weird." every single time I say it.