Gkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25324 posts, RR: 55 Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2396 times:
Was just watching a TV Interview with the tennis player Andrew Murray, when some Yank journalist says something like "How's it feel to be a young English player?" when in fact Murray is Scottish.
Whether the journo called him Englishas in English or English as in British, what he said was plain ignorant. I guess many Americans do the same mistake, which pisses me off extremely.
Does anyone here make the mistake that thinking everyone on these Islands is English? If so, speak up....I won't snap at you if you do
Well, maybe just a little bit
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
Barcode From Switzerland, joined Dec 2001, 678 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2343 times:
Well, I can sort of understand it - after all, I doubt I would think much about regional differences that may be important to some Americans. What is pretty inexcusable is the 11% of Americans that can't find AMERICA on a map (I wish I were making this up). Heck, either something is seriously wrong with the educational system or this 11% exist in a cave.
Gary2880 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2325 times:
To quote homer Simpson.... (best and most reliable source there is.. ) from the episode in which Mr burns nicks the lochness monster
"Aberdeen rules!'' which was awesome...
But I digress, its not just the Americans, watching some phone in show if someone phones in from London they praticaly say which street their from 'oh right yes is that the one next to harrods ah yes' but if someone phones in from Scotland its 'hamish from Scotland' where!! Its a sodding big place!
ahh no I've gone onto auto rant, bash on!
Formula 1, when coulthard wins according to the commentators he's British, and when he loses he's Scottish!! Same with Tim henman, if he wins (hah) he's English and if he loses he's British!
Back to the American media, why do they always have to put 'of London' when quoting a news paper, 'the sun of London' 'the daily record of London' and the best yet 'the Scotsman of London(?!)'
fox news weather insert when the adverts are on, why the hell is Edinburgh in Inverness?!
Back to .. In general, why must everyone think that everyone in Scotland speaks Glaswegian, personally speaking is a horrible accent when the Doric is so much more wonderful and should be classed as the mother tongue, if ainly i ki'd get awa wi spikkin at ere
We dont all eat deep fried mars bars! Not every week anyway
rikki foulton - if I was king you know what I would do? I would rebuild hadrians wall. And electrify it!
Pendrilsaint From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2215 times:
I really think that 10% figure quoted above is vastly overblown. I'm sure there are a few who can't locate the US on a map...but you are forgetting the smartass factor on these surveys; those who, just for the pure idiocy of the question, point to somewhere else on the map. The outline of America is something that is scene all the time in the US.
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3160 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2183 times:
As long as mass media is driven by profits and owned by major corporations that have financial intrests in the stories that they report, they'll be biased and more concerned with making money than finding facts.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2171 times:
I've long been contemptuous of people who are ignorant of geography, but lately I've been rethinking it. There was a joke that went something like this:
"Where'd you go on holiday?" "Mallorca."
Where's that? "I don't know - we flew."
But there is a certain wisdom to it. Assuming that a person does have some area of actual knowledge and expertise, why should we be able to "bound" every country on earth? What difference does it make if you are not actually using the information at the moment? We cannot all be experts on everything, and with technology exploding, life is getting very complicated.
After all, I put up with you guys using the word "alot" and spelling "lose" L-O-O-S-E.
Now journalists! That is different. There is no excuse for a journalist to get something wrong. After all, they have the option of keeping their own mouth shut!
One last thought: Any jounalist who ever, once in their career asks the question; ""what's it like" or "what does it feel like" should just admit to the world that they haven't a clue about anything and retire from public life. We should then never again speak their name.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13692 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2149 times:
Far too many USA residents/citizens are lazy, lousy and really don't care about international geography and cultures. A far less percentage of Americans travel outside of North American than EC citizens do outside of the EC. Probably a higher percentage of EC residents come to the USA as tourists than USA residents as tourists to the EC countries. I go nuts when local TV and newspapers get locations and other facts wrong too. Some in the media are complete dolts, just there due to their 'looks' not brains.
Unlike many of my fellow Americans, I have traveled in much of the Europe, including the 4 major parts of the UK - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. (as well as to parts of Australia and NZ). I know that to call a Scotsman/woman 'English' is like calling a Texan a New Yorker. I am aware of the fine beauty and differences in the different parts of the UK as well as the USA. I don't just visit the 'top ten' tourist sites, but stay in guest houses, bed & Breakfasts, youth hostels, eat at local resturants, try the local food specialties, visit and stay in small towns and cities, try to understand the local/regional history and culture (and usually their beer or popular 'beverages'). So don't blanket all Americans as idiots, just the ones you see.
Basas From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2125 times:
^So what if they don't travel to Europe as often as Europeans travel around. Europe is much smaller so naturally, people are going to be travelling to more counties more often. In North America, both Canada and the US are so big, we don't really need to leave. Because someone doesn't go to Europe, are they now 'lazy' and 'don't care about international geography'?
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30207 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2075 times:
Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 13): About Switzerland, the american media (a specific channel I loooove) made a good joke about it recently. Have fun!
Well if they would either shorten the name of the country, or invade somebody else so that there is enough map space to type in Switzerland, then maybe the name of the country could be in the right place.
You don't see the nation of Chad or Iran having this problem. Their name always fits in within their borders.
[Edited 2005-06-22 09:06:55]
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
: SlamClick, calling a Scotsman "English" is worthy of the Death Penalty (and I'm being serious!)
: WTF?! As I'm sure you're aware, Fox News is the brainchild of your fellow Aussie, Rupert Murdoch. Good point on the smartass factor.
: Not quite Alex. Everyone knows that everything north of Potter's Bar is Scotland!
: Kirkie, as a matter of historical record, English and British were genuinely interchangeable until relatively recently, with many Scots using "Englis
: Funnily enough when I've seen US coverage of Indy/Cart racing in the past, Dario Franchitti has always had a Scottish flag next to his name on the Tv
: This whole thing about people being British when they win and Scottish when they lose is a load of utter rubbish. Since when was Linford Christie cal
: Just like your country's name "United States Of America" can be spelled "USA", "Switzerland" can also be spelled "CH" like "Confederatio Helvetica" (