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What is your nation's De-facto of Your Nation's English

British
47
31%
North American
35
23%
New Zealand/Australian
11
7%
We have our own de-facto
39
26%
English is for spasticated nations
14
9%
Other which I will explain right now before I get prosecuted by Zues
6
4%
 
Total votes : 152

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Kalaspia-Shimarata
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Postby Kalaspia-Shimarata » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:16 am

What is the de facto of English in your nation? We have Kalashi English which is taken from Australian English but stuff has been added. Like the words colour and neighbour, although, most commonly spelt with the u, we accept both spellings due to foreigners. We also do other things like abbreviate toilet as lav (for lavratory) and we spell of as either of or ov, both spellings accepted. Needless to say that we allow words to end in v although, they must be Kalashi English words. Another thing we do differently is: spelling light (as in weight not the opposite of dark) is considered incorrect and is spelt lite and nite is a common abbrebiation of both night and knite. What are your nation's de-facto of English?
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Kalaspia-Shimarata's flag represents the Union between K&S. The dark blue represents the sea and the light blue represents the sky. In Kalashi language considers light blue and dark blue to be different colours. England colonised, and unified K&S, between 1774 and 1953, and English, light blue and dark blue are considered to be the same colour. Therefore, the contrast between dark blue and light blue represents the union, but the differences between K&S where as blue being two but simultaneously one colour represents K&S being two, but simultaniously one entity. The opposite to the symmetry represents the unity and indipendance of K&S, whilst also representing the Kalashi culture of opposite symmetry.KS is 75% Christian, hence the cross.

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Postby Gallade » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:22 am

English is not a language spoken on our homeworld, but our linguists and translators, as a general rule, uses British spelling and grammar.
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Mid Lothian
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Postby Mid Lothian » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:39 am

Ours is Mid Lothian English - which is a mix of Scottish, Irish and Estuary versions.
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Postby Imeriata » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:48 am

We tend to use British English even if it is not commonly spoken in our nation as we prefer to use the more pleasant sounding Imerian language.
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Postby Vokoff » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:48 am

English.

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Postby Maraque » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:52 am

Tsvarchivan English shares attributes with both "North American" and "British" English. Although the spelling is quite different (no "C" exists in Tsvarchivan English, unless it is combined with an H).

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Postby The Kangaroo Republic » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:57 am

Kangan English is the most common dialect in the FKR. Due to the great number of English speakers in the FKR, over time, the kangan dialect was developed. It has strongly been influenced by the native language of the macropodines, the Kangan language (of which the name of the Kangan English dialect is derived)

The Kangan English vocabulary has strong Australian influences in the fact that they shorten a lot of words and turn them into diminutives. (Some examples in Kangan English: Captain -> Cappie, Professor -> Profo, Bicycle -> Bicie)

Also, it's called a dialect, not a de facto.
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Postby Fatatatutti » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:59 am

In Fatatatutti, we use "colour" instead of "color" but we also use "center" instead of "centre". We don't use modernisms such as "lite".

A "toilet" is a fixture in a "bathroom" or "washroom". A "lavatory" is more commonly called a "sink" and we wash our hands in it, not in the toilet.

Cars have a "hood" and a "trunk", not a "bonnet" or a "boot". Buildings have "elevators", not "lifts" (though most buildings don't have elevators either because they're only two or three stories high, due to the universal dislike of heights).

Some Fatatatutians pronounce "er" at the end of a word as "ah" and the "th" sound is often pronounced as "d" - e.g. "bruddah" for "brother". This is less common among those who are more educated or in the public eye but it isn't considered a class distinction.

The Prime Minister, Harlan Escrow, speaks with an Australian accent for reasons which are not immediately clear, since he has never been to Australia.

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H-Alba
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Postby H-Alba » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:30 am

British English. Scottish English are used by people from the country-side, and some northern Cities. In Southern Cities English that is very close to a Londoner's is used. EG:
Country: Amn't I invited tae the party?
Southern City: Am I not invited to the party?
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Great Kingston
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Postby Great Kingston » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:31 am

We use British English with no changes to it at all. Just pick up a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary and you've got our language pretty much. There are some regional dialects and quirks in the language but officially we follow British English.

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Charlotte Ryberg
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Postby Charlotte Ryberg » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:50 am

There is no standard of English in Minoa, but the OED is the closest a standard can be.

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Robert Magoo
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Postby Robert Magoo » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:53 am

We speak with an american accent, but use british spelling.
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Postby Sailsia » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:55 am

Why would you assume English is spoken at all? In Sailsia, only .5% of the population is fluent in the English Language, and that figure is expected to drop by a further 2 million people over the next 30 years. English is a rather insignificant language, so why would we learn it?
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Tierra Prime
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Postby Tierra Prime » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:55 am

Tierrans speak Aorron, a version of British English.

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Severed Ears
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Postby Severed Ears » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:58 am

The people of the A.R. of S.E. prefer BSL because they've lost their ears.

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The Kangaroo Republic
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Postby The Kangaroo Republic » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:59 am

Sailsia wrote:Why would you assume English is spoken at all?

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Postby Syvorji » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:03 am

Our English is a remarkable mish-mash of RL Canadian English, American English, British English and some Syvorjin and Greek words, if they cannot translate it into English. However, we prefer pounds to kilograms in our metric, and as well, some words are used interchangeably, like for example, lorry and truck mean the same thing in our country.

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The Holy Raj
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Postby The Holy Raj » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:04 am

We use British English, with occassional phrases from native Indian languages, as you might expect from the successor state to the British Raj.
Some examples are...

Maharajah-Great King/Emperor. Title of Victor IV in Hindi.

Sirkar-Government

Durbar-Audience with a ruler/nobleman

Bahadur-Champion,Hero. Often used after the names of military leaders or war heroes

Sahib-Master, Lord. An honorific attached to the end of the names of a social superior

Bandobast-Business, Organisation

Shabash-Hooray

Sepoy-Private, Military Rank

There are hundreds of others, these are some of the most common in military or political contact you may have with our nation. However, in general, British English can be regarded as the national language of the Holy Raj.
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Postby Fiddlegreen Farms » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:12 am

British English with some influence from Canadian English.
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Postby YellowApple » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:55 pm

YellowApplan is an extension of English, like how (in reference to computer programming languages) C++ is an extension of C, or XHTML is an extension of XML. It was historically derived from American English, but with greater acceptance for alternate spellings (i.e. "color" and "colour" are both acceptable and commonly used).

Many "alternate" spellings in English are considered entirely different words in YellowApplan, or have radically different contexts of proper usage. Some examples of this phenomenon:

  • "Doughnut" denotes a pastry, while "donut" denotes a circular motion ("torus" refers to the geometric shape)
  • "Filet" refers to a cut of meat, while "fillet" refers to an edge or corner that has been rounded
  • To "behove" is to "suit" or "befit", whereas to "behoove" is to "give hooves" (usually taken figuratively to indicate the action of putting on shoes or other soled footwear)
  • "Aluminium" refers to the element with an atomic number of 13, while "aluminum" refers to this element in its common and usable form
  • "Dialogue" refers to a communication between two individuals, while "dialog" refers to communication between an individual and a computer
  • "Dependent" is an adjective, while "dependant" is a noun, similar to British English
  • "Draught" refers strictly to a current of air, while "draft" refers strictly to a non-final version of a product
  • "Plough" is a verb, while "plow" is a noun"
  • "Mould" refers to a passively-acting shaping object (or the action of using it), while "mold" refers strictly to the fungi

Double consonants in suffixed words (i.e. model -> modeling) generally follows the root word (in the previous example, "model"), with some notable exceptions, like "cancelling" and "stripped", to prevent confusion in pronunciation and denotation.

The proper punctuation of sentences with a word or words enclosed in quotation marks at the end of a sentence follows British convention instead of American. For example, instead of:
The final words are in "quotation marks."

the proper punctuation is as follows:
The final words are in "quotation marks".

This rule also applies to other sentence and clause delimiters, such as commas, colons, semicolons, and both interrogative and exclamatory markings. This does not apply when the text enclosed in either single or double quotation marks was originally a sentence.

YellowApplan generally uses "Spanish-style" punctuation to indicate interrogative and exclamatory sentences (i.e. "¿What?" or "¡Greetings!") to clarify their status as such. However, this is often omitted in texts intended to be read internationally, and the use of such pronunciation is optional but encouraged.

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Postby Saurisisia » Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:00 pm

We basically speak the American form of English.
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Postby Oceanic Vakiadia » Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:02 pm

The English form used is of British origin.
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Postby Gandoor » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:26 pm

Well, other than Gandoorese English, which has very different spelling and what-not than standard English. (It's more phonetic in spelling) English in Gandoor is a mixture of using American and British spelling.

Of course, like all dialects of English, there are several slang terms that may need explanation.

  • "Bar" is a restaurant. A place which serves alcoholic beverages is an "alco-hall" (Yes, a horrid pun)
  • "Buffet" refers to buffets that serve food from East Asia (China, Korea, Japan, etc.); other buffets are called "Smorgas" (from smorgasbord, for those who can't tell)
  • "Transit" is a bus.
  • "Cycle" is a bicycle. Occasionally shortened even more to just "cyc"
  • "Cap" is a capitalist.
  • "Com" is a communist.
  • "Ganime" refers to anime-type programming originating in Gandoor.
  • "Soc" (pronounced so-sh) is a socialist
  • "Prim/Int/Sec" are Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary, respectively. This refers to the three levels of schools in Gandoor.
  • "The Three R's", unlike most other countries where they refer to reading, writing, and (a)rithmetic, in Gandoor "The Three R's" refer to "Rise", "Respect", and "Resume", which is the customary morning act during the start of the school day. The students must first rise, then grant a respectful nod toward their instructor, and then they may resume what they had been doing.
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Postby Augarundus » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:52 pm

In La Capitalismus, Augarian (French) and English are the two most popular languages.


((Augarian-English could be compared to East-Coast US English, but without much of an identifiable accent... it's choppy and a bit tone-less.))
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