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'ö-Dzin Tridral

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July 9, 2012

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Molotov Cocktails

  • July 25, 2012, 3:51pm

This is the first time I've responded to a posting on 'Pain in the English' (see above, 9th July). I'm surprised at the various directions the conversation has taken.

Whilst agreeing with the original idea (that a broadcaster should take account of what their audience may or may not know) I was mostly interested in the reference to 'petrol bomb' as being 'slang'. I don't think that this would be the correct term for something that is standard English in various parts of the world.

I would accept 'petrol bomb' as being 'a term that might be unfamiliar to US audiences', but not slang.

I suppose we might need to discuss what is meant by 'slang' ...

Molotov Cocktails

  • July 9, 2012, 10:53pm

The difference between English in the USA and English in the UK is very interesting. Words in common usage may be completely unknown elsewhere. I would agree that terms need may need to be explained but that would definitely be the job of the networks rather than asking someone to change their way of speaking. I don't think you could call 'Petrol bomb' a slang term as it is a standard usage in the UK.